Today we’ve released a new research report ahead of the UK’s first ever Creative Week, which reveals the high value people in the UK place on creativity. It shows that two-thirds (66%) feel that the younger generation are more creative than those over 35, suggesting it is important that their inherent creativity is given room to grow in formal education and early careers. However, 61% of respondents feel that creativity is ‘stifled’ by the current education system and that more needs to be done to foster it.
Check out the full report here, which also includes different perspectives from leading creatives including Wayne Hemingway MBE, Brendan Dawes, Dan Jones and Joel Gethin-Lewis, as well as Chris Thompson from Ravensbourne.
With all of the excitement around the Creative Cloud & Creative Suite 6 launch I wanted to reminder you that back in March we released version 4 of Photoshop Lightroom following a two month beta trial period which started in January. For anyone not familiar with Lightroom, its our professional photo management application used by photographers – both amateur and professional – to quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase their snaps.
With this latest upgrade, there are a raft of workflow improvements and features which nod to the increasing use of, and need to integrate, both still images and video within photography workflows. With new video capabilities increasingly being built into cameras, more and more photographers are finding they are expected to also have key video editing skills.
This means that today’s students will also be expected to have these skills when they enter the workplace, whether straight from school or after having completed their higher education. To make Lightroom 4 more accessible to a broader range of students and teachers, a Student & Teacher edition of the new software is available for £59.09 inc VAT, which is 50% less than previous versions of the product.
If you want to learn more about how you can use Lightroom 4 in your lessons, then check out our series of how-to videos.
Following the exciting release of Adobe® Creative Cloud™ Student and Teacher Edition, and Adobe Creative Suite® 6 last month, I wanted to let you know about some fab new support resources we’ve made available for free to help you make the most out of the new software.
We’ve launched a brand new portal within the Adobe Education Exchange which hosts a raft of free resources and support to enable schools and colleges to enhance their classes and help prepare students for the workforce. Ranging from video tutorials and technical guides, to tried-and-tested curriculum plans, they are each designed to help you deliver rich learning experiences.
Here’s a snapshot of what’s available…
CS6 tutorials on Adobe TV
- These give you the means to learn at your own pace and showcase how Adobe software is being used in education. There are hundreds of videos to browse through, including tutorials which supplement the CS6 teaching resources
- These are free, year long, project-based curriculum plans, great for anyone teaching visual design, web design, and video production – and all newly updated for Adobe Creative Suite 6
- Quickly get up to speed on how to use CS6 by downloading these product technical guides
Tutorials from our Adobe Education Leaders
- These CS6 tutorials are developed by our very own Adobe Education Leaders around topics including digital imagery, graphic design & digital publishing, animation and rich media and web design
You can check these out for yourself by visiting: http://adobe.ly/J5g9I9 .
After a very busy couple of weeks following the launch of Creative Cloud and Creative Suite 6 , I’m excited to announce that the Student and Teacher Editions are now available to buy – Creative Cloud as of today (11th May) and Creative Suite 6 since earlier this week (7th May).
We’ve been overwhelmed by the excitement about the new product portfolio, which is great value for institutions, educators and students alike with 80% savings available on both point products and suites.
You can still buy our industry standard products as individual point products or as a collection (Design Standard, Design & Web Premium, Production Premium and the Master Collection). But Creative Cloud gives you another way to access our tools and services.
It’s a membership based offering in which you get the complete Creative Suite 6, but also Adobe Muse, our new visual web design tool, and Edge, the HTML5 animation app. In addition, we’ve added a lot of services including Business Catalyst for web hosting, Typekit for fonts, and up to 20 gigabytes of cloud storage for syncing and sharing your files.
The Student and Teacher Edition of Adobe Creative Cloud will be available for £18.26 (ex VAT) per month based on annual membership. For information on Adobe licensing go to www.adobe.com/uk/aboutadobe/volumelicensing/education.
For more detailed information about educational upgrade policies and pricing, as well as the full portfolio of suites, please visit www.adobe.com/uk/education
Fancy getting your hands on the latest photo-imaging, video-editing and design technology from Adobe?
If you’re a student (18yrs+) that loves creating, then this is for you! To celebrate the launch of Adobe Creative Cloud Student & Teacher Edition & Adobe Creative Suite 6, we’ve launched a new fun game. Running run until May 25 2012, we have a raft of great prizes to give away in our #SeeingDouble game. Simply visit Adobe Students UK on Facebook between 10am and 10pm every weekday and play by finding all the matching pairs of images.
Those of you that find the images in the quickest time and least number of moves will reach the #SeeingDouble leaderboard. You can play as many times as you want, but only your best score of the day will be posted. Every day the top eight scorers will be entered into a prize draw to win one of our fantastic prizes!
If you’re a lecturer whose students have a passion for designing and innovating, then this is definitely worth getting them involved in.
For more detailed information about the game, as well as full terms and conditions, please visit http://bit.ly/JZf1YQ
I’m excited to announce that our first ever UK Education Twitterview this Thursday will be around the newly launched Adobe Creative Suite 6 and Adobe Creative Cloud.
On Thursday 26th April between 3:30pm and 4:30pm (GMT), the Twitterview will be a chance to fire any questions you have on these announcements to our UK Education Manager, Mark A ’Bear.
If you’re not familiar with Twitterview, the process is simple. Join us on Twitter between 3:30pm and 4:30pm on Thursday (@AdobeUKEdu) and include the hashtag #CS6edu when you tweet. If you can’t make it on the 26th, please leave your questions or remarks in the comments section of this post or DM us in advance and we’ll make sure Mark answers them.
We hope you’ll join us!
We’ve been tempting you with sneak peeks for the last few weeks and today we made the exciting announcement that the Adobe® Creative Cloud™ Student and Teacher Edition, and Adobe Creative Suite® 6 will be available for institutions, educators and students next month!
This new release comes with supporting educational resources designed to help higher education institutions to enhance their classes and better prepare students for the workplace. We are extremely excited about this new release which we consider to be groundbreaking. More than 100 education institutions worldwide participated in the beta programme for CS6 and Creative Cloud – here’s what one of our UK Adobe Education Leaders has to say;
“We encourage our students to challenge the boundaries of design practice. Adobe gives them the tools to achieve this and with the improvements in CS6, they can now push those boundaries even further.” Brian Cairns, Lecturer, The Glasgow School of Art
The Student and Teacher Edition of Adobe Creative Cloud will be available for £18.26 (ex VAT) per month based on annual membership.
For information on Adobe licensing go to www.adobe.com/uk/aboutadobe/volumelicensing/education.
For more detailed information about educational upgrade policies and pricing, as well as the full portfolio of suites, please visit www.adobe.com/uk/education.edu.html.
Just before the Easter break The Guardian held its annual higher education summit, The Future of Higher Education, where industry leaders gathered to discuss changes in the sector and exchange best practice.
A number of interesting topics were covered during the day, but the one that really stood out for me was around graduate employability. More specifically how HE institutions need to offer students direct industry contact to better their chances of getting a job – especially given the news that graduate unemployment is at the highest level in a decade.
This subject got me thinking about a recent conversation I had with Mark Shufflebottam at Bournemouth University. He was telling me some of the ways the Media School is helping students to get into employment – a large part of this is through partnering with local businesses that get students involved in live briefs.
For example, his first year Interactive Media group were recently set a live brief from digital design agency, Thought Den. They were tasked with designing and creating an iPhone application for The Tate Gallery and then asked to present back their ideas, just as they would in a live pitch. What a fantastic way to give students valuable experience and content for their portfolios!
Bournemouth University has also partnered with local agency Bright Blue Day for the past five years, who not only set students live briefs, but also offer graduate roles and placements. Again, another great way to ensure students are equipped with industry standard skills and contacts when they begin their careers.
These are just a couple of examples of how Bournemouth University is linking its students to industry. I’d love to hear about any other ways your institution is preparing students for employment…
I recently read a US report “The 21st Century Campus: Are we there yet?” from CDW Government which states that students highly value technology in education. When asked whether technology was an important factor in choosing a university, the vast majority of students rated it as “very important” or “important”, whether they were pursing vocational & technical studies (90%) or communications degrees (89%), engineering degress (79%), or business degrees (78%). In contrast, only 32% of US students said they “strongly agreed” that their colleges or universities were preparing them to use technology successfully in their future careers.
So is this view shared by UK students, or are UK HEI leading the way? To that end, we’d like to hear from your thoughts about how you’re preparing your students for success. We’ll then review your collective thoughts and share your opinions back to the community.
As a thank you for any UK HEI faculty/staff completing the short survey today (i.e. before 5pm, BST) we’ll send you (within 3 working days) the new Photoshop Touch App which is now available for the iPad and Android tablets. To receive one, all you need to do is tick the box on the form and let us know the email address linked to your iTunes account or your Android account.
If you’d like to take part in this research (either as an anonymous or named participant), please complete the following form.
Thanks in advance for your help!
I’m very excited to announce that we are set to hold our very first Twitterview on 26th April. For those of you that haven’t heard of Twitterview before, it’s essentially an opportunity to fire questions at the Adobe Education team on Twitter (in this case our fabulous Head of UK Education, Mark A ’Bear), and get the lowdown on all things relating to Adobe Education.
The Twitterview will take place between 3:30pm and 4:30pm (BST) on Thursday 26th April. We’ll reveal the Twitterview hashtag nearer the time, but in the meantime follow us on Twitter (@AdobeUKEDU) and if you want to submit a question please DM us!