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Sheridan becomes the fourth Adobe Creative Campus in Canada

Feb 29, 2024

Sheridan has been designated as an Adobe Creative Campus — an accolade that will provide students and staff with even more tools, resources and collaboration opportunities to develop digital literacy and other skills increasingly sought after by today’s employers.

An Adobe Creative Campus promotional poster featuring the logos of both Adobe and SheridanThe Adobe Creative Campus program recognizes colleges and universities worldwide that have empowered students in all disciplines with the opportunity to learn skills essential for success in the classroom and beyond. As just the fourth post-secondary institution in Canada to be designated as an Adobe Creative Campus, Sheridan will receive a wide range of supports designed to further embed Adobe tools throughout the institution and create a more dynamic teaching and learning environment.

“I am tremendously excited about the opportunities that this Adobe Creative Campus designation can lead to across a wide range of areas and spaces. Sheridan’s core programs, strong industry partnerships and commitment to providing the best possible student experience uniquely position us to fully capitalize on the tools and resources in ways that will profoundly impact our broader communities,” says Richard Godsmark, Sheridan’s Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

“This designation also comes at a perfect time as we look to the future, reimagining higher education that unleashes everyone’s full potential and prepares them to navigate a rapidly changing world. We are always looking for partners who share our commitment to advance teaching and learning, research and digital literacy, and Adobe is a perfect partner to join us on this journey.”

“Creative thinking and execution skills have never been more important for success in an increasingly inter-connected economy,” adds Mark Jones, Dean of Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design. “Working with Adobe as an Adobe Creative Campus will lead to enhanced opportunities for faculty and students to collectively explore what that means and have access to the tools that accelerate results.”

Some of the ways in which students will benefit from the Adobe Creative Campus designation include the ability to engage more deeply in their learning through the creation of digital stories; develop more persuasive communication skills; participate in events that build career skills; receive on-campus support from Adobe Student Ambassadors; and graduate with visual, audio and storytelling skills that can accelerate time to employment.

The designation will also benefit Sheridan faculty members and academic leaders through live support and mentoring via hands-on Adobe Education Institute workshops; thought leadership contribution opportunities at events such as Adobe EduMAX; applied research funding; funded release time for faculty training; participation in Digital Literacy Café webinars; and more.

Sheridan was an early adopter of Adobe products when the global software company was founded in the 1980s and was the first college to have a campus relationship with Adobe Canada. All Sheridan students and employees have long been provided with licensed access to Creative Cloud including Adobe Firefly, Adobe’s family of creative generative AI models that is designed for safe commercial use, in addition to world-class applications such as Photoshop, Adobe Express, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, Illustrator and more. In addition to using Adobe tools and solutions to enhance teaching and learning across many disciplines and programs, Sheridan has also collaborated with Adobe on various initiatives such as Adobe Creative Jams, the Adobe Education Exchange and the Adobe Education Leader program.

“Sheridan is honoured and thrilled to become part of this prestigious program and advance our commitment to preparing our students for the challenges and opportunities of the modern world,” says Carol Altilia, Sheridan’s Provost and Vice President, Academic. “Deepening integration of Adobe’s industry-leading tools and resources in our curriculum and pedagogy will enhance creativity, innovation, critical thinking and digital communication skills across the entire Sheridan community.”

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