Snacks and Software Today!


Swing by the Learning Studio today for your chance to #MakeMerry. We’ll be helping students download Adobe Creative Cloud for a little holiday making over the break.

We’ll also have holiday snacks at the main desk (while supplies last), so you can kick off Finals Week by making yourself a treat. No experience necessary! It’s Pop-Tarts so the process is almost as easy as the One Button Studio.

With Adobe CC and the Learning Studio, making over the holiday has never been easier.


Make It with Adobe Creative Cloud

We’re half-way through our first year of Adobe CC access for all students and faculty and will be sharing some example projects this week. Don’t know where to start? Adobe provides a range of tools for beginners and professionals.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Illustrator CC – a vector-based drawing program for designing everything from logos to tshirts.  What can you do with Illustrator?

Photoshop CC – a pixel-based photo editing program for creating and designing images for print, web, and media. What can you do with Photoshop?

Premiere Pro CC – a video editing program that can produce anything from short digital stories to feature films. What can you do with Premiere Pro?

Lightroom CC – a photo editing program for organizing and editing your photo library. What can you do with Lightroom CC?

We’ll share a few of our favorite projects with each this week, so follow us on Twitter (@learningstudio) and Facebook (/aculearningstudio) to add some inspiration to your holiday.

#MakeMerry this holiday

The Learning Studio and Maker Lab want to help you #MakeMerry this holiday season. This Christmas we want to help you use the break to make something with Adobe Creative Cloud.

Never used Photoshop or Illustrator? No problem! All day Dead Day we’ll help students download Adobe’s pro-level design and media tools to put a little making into your holiday (download at

Join us next week to #MakeMerry, beginning with holiday snacks and downloads on Dead Day.

Make It with Adobe Creative Cloud

Our holiday promotion is focusing on Adobe CC because we’re half-way through our first year of CC access for all students and faculty. This year we’ve seen some great projects and we want to share just a few of them with you this next week.

Adobe Creative Cloud lets you build on a platform used by professionals in design, media, web production and storytelling, and students all over campus are producing some remarkable work with Adobe CC.

Follow us on @learningstudio (on Twitter or Facebook) and @acumakerlab (on Facebook) or share your latest work with #MakeMerry.

Episode Xmas Premiere

Thanks to the ACU faculty and students who joined us in the Learning Studio last week to audition for Star Wars: The Final Exam.

The #EpisodeXmas event went well and we wanted to share a quick trailer before you head to the theatre to see the actual film. The students brought great energy, costumes, and some mad jedi skills to the event.

In case you’re looking to create your own Star Wars trailer over the holidays, here were a couple blog posts on adding some Adobe CC magic to your next project.

    Special thanks to faculty who joined us on the day (hoping not to leave anyone out): Cole Bennett, Dena Counts, Brad Crisp, Cherisse Flanagan Houston Heflin, David Kneip, Andy Little, Steven Moore, Jason Morris, Laura and Mark Phillips, Brent Reeves, Tracy Shilcutt, Jessica Smith, and Jeanine Varner.

    Film Studies Projects

    This semester Al Haley and Kyle Dickson taught Introduction to Film for the first time and students were asked to produce a major project that demonstrated their mastery of core concepts of the course. Learning Studio staff spent several class days introducing students to camera movement, audio, and editing before they produced their projects in Camtasia and Adobe Premiere Pro.

    Here are a few of the final projects.

      Film Analysis Digital Essay – Working individually or with a partner, produce a short 3-5 minute analysis of a film from our semester that accounts for the technical aspects of its production within the context of the director’s work or genre. Your digital essay seeks to highlight an informed point of view with carefully chosen stills/clips from your film(s) synced to your audio commentary. (For examples of this type of video essay, see Tony Zhou’s Every Frame a Painting).

      Short Narrative Film – Working individually or with a partner, write, direct, and produce a short film, following ACU FilmFest guidelines, that builds on your working knowledge of story structure, character development, and genre this semester. The short film should demonstrate mastery of the fundamentals of camera movement, shot composition, lighting, audio, and editing, all of which we’ll introduce in workshops in the Learning Studio this semester. (For inspiration, see past projects on the FilmFest Archive).

    Episode Xmas: Behind the Scenes

    This year’s Christmas promotion gave us a chance to highlight the creativity of ACU students and faculty as well as a few of the media specialists in the Learning Studio.

    Knowing that Episode VII would be on the minds of many on campus during Finals Week, we thought we’d tap into the excitement by asking Ben Todd, one of our student media specialists, to complete some original animations that would appear on digital signage, the web, and in a life-size cut-out as students came upstairs to study. He completed original drawings of Han, Leia and Chewbaca that appeared in a range of promotional materials.

    Our full-time media production staff came up with the #EpisodeXmas tag as well as the tie-ins to Adobe Creative Cloud we rolled out on the blog.

    Finally, Nathan Driskell produced the logo and the graphic design behind the campaign as well as a short film about Ben’s creative process delivering the original animations.

    All around it was an exciting week in the Learning Studio and already has us looking forward to Episode VIII.