Take your digital literacy up a few notches

As a Swinburne student, you can access the Adobe Creative Cloud software anywhere, on any device, for the entire time you're studying with us.

The Adobe Creative Cloud gives you access to a collection of 20 applications that can be used for graphic design, video editing, web development, photography, social media posts and prototyping. That's great, you're thinking, but how? 

Download the Creative Cloud applications on your phone, tablet or mobile and start playing! You can use these apps for uni work and personal projects.

Swinburne's signed on to become Australia's first Adobe Creative Campus. We have workshops, tutorials and Adobe Digital Coaches who can get you started and answer any questions you might have. We also have an Adobe Hub at the Hawthorn library, and you can always book sessions remotely if you’re not on campus.

How do I get started?

1. Download the Adobe Creative Cloud app on your device/s
2. Log in with your Swinburne student ID

Step-by-step installation instructions can be found by reading the student user guides. The Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app works with both Mac OS and Windows, and on multiple browser types. Check if your device is compatible by viewing the list of operating system and software requirements.

Need help?

Whether you’re on campus or not, you can always contact one of our Adobe Digital Coaches at adobehub@swin.edu.au or visit our virtual Adobe Creative Campus hub.

Swinburne's Adobe Creative Campus

Swinburne's Adobe Creative Campus

Welcome to Swinburne's Adobe Creative Campus. Our Adobe Digital Coaches have created a short introduction to what resources are available for students. Take a look at some of our current student's work and get creative!

View video transcript [PDF 128KB]

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It's a collection of more than 20 desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, UX and more. Creative Cloud lets you tell stories and share ideas in many modes. Apart from the well-known Photoshop and InDesign, Fresco makes drawing and painting more lifelike than ever (use it on your iPad!), while Dimension and Character Animator let you create in 2D and 3D respectively. Other apps help you create webpages, videos, social posts and mobile app prototypes. Explore the collection yourself!

For installation issues, call Swinburne's IT Service Desk in the first instance. Call +61 3 9214 5000.

For Adobe questions, refer to Adobe Support.

You’re in luck! We have an online Adobe Creative Campus hub to get you started. It has information for beginner and advanced users, as well as Adobe legends. Enrol here.

We also have Adobe Digital Coaches who can help you with all your Adobe projects – get in touch via adobehub@swin.edu.au to book a one-on-one session.

And if you’re happy to go it alone, all the applications come with built-in tutorials. You can also access online tutorials on Adobe's website and their YouTube channel.

If you're a currently enrolled student with a Swinburne email address, then yes! This includes anyone who is studying:

  • full-time or part-time, on campus, at Hawthorn, Wantirna, Croydon
  • at Swinburne Sydney
  • at one of Swinburne's non-Australian campuses and teaching locations including Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam
  • with Swinburne Open Education
  • a distance learning course with Swinburne
  • a Swinburne course via Open Universities Australia (OUA)

Free access is not available through Swinburne Online, except in units requiring the use of Adobe Creative Cloud. Swinburne Online students should contact a Student Advisor for further information.

You can download the Creative Cloud desktop app onto your personal device from Adobe's website. All computers at Swinburne will have the full suite of Creative Cloud apps installed. To log in, simply use your Swinburne email address and password.

Login instructions are also available via the Swinburne device, personal Windows, or personal macOS user guides:

It works with both Mac OS and Windows and on multiple browser types. View the full list of operating system and software requirements.

Adobe Creative Cloud applications work on all types of devices including your laptop, tablet and phone.

As many as you like! Your user license allows you to install your apps on multiple devices, stay signed in on two at a time, but be active on only one device at a time. Read the handy explainer here

It's for both! Whenever you’re using these applications you’re increasing your digital literacy skills so feel free to use it where and when you think it might be useful.

You'll enjoy free access to Adobe Creative Cloud for as long as you are a currently enrolled student at Swinburne.

Library PCs can be booked in advance using the My PC booking system.

You can also access other computers on campus: the LateLab is open 24-hours a day and classrooms are open access when not being used for teaching.

The Adobe Creative Campus hub is located on Level 3 of the Hawthorn Library. During semester you can drop in any time between 10.30am and 2.30pm, Monday to Friday.

All other times, including during remote learning, you can find the Adobe Creative Campus hub online.

Regardless of the industry you end up in, the future workplace will demand creative thinking and being able to compellingly communicate and present your ideas. And being able to communicate your ideas in a digital context is vital for everyone – from engineers to architects. So, if you have Creative Cloud in your arsenal of tools, you'll be placing yourself ahead of the pack!

Adobe Creative Suite was something you'd buy as a one-off product.

Adobe Creative Cloud is based on a subscription, so you always have access to the latest software updates, along with mobile apps and some cloud services.

An Adobe Creative Campus is when a university signs a strategic partnership with Adobe, then incorporates the Creative Cloud into its teaching because it believes that digital literacy, access and equity are essential to its students' futures.

Swinburne chose to become an Adobe Creative Campus because we want our students to have the tools to succeed in the digitally dominant future. We're transforming the way we teach to ensure that you'll gain the knowledge, adaptability and experience you need to become industry-ready. As part of the transformation plan, our graduate attributes (translation – good qualities we hope to impart on you) will now include digital literacies as a critical skill for the future. By providing free access to the Creative Cloud, we're hoping to improve your creativity and digital literacy. 

It's being able to confidently, creatively and critically use technology. For example, having digital literacy means you can look for information and evaluate its authenticity, collaborate with others, manage your online identity and become a content creator, not just a consumer.  

That depends on when you purchased your license. Adobe's support team will be able to advise you more accurately. You can cancel your existing Creative Cloud membership here. You can also call 1800 426 570 and tell Adobe's support team “I need to cancel my Creative Cloud subscription as it is now provided by my educational institution”. And you can find out more if you want to migrate content from your personal license to Swinburne's university license.

Your Creative Cloud subscription ends when you graduate or leave us. However, you can set up an Adobe ID and migrate your content to this personal account; you can find out how to migrate your content. Make sure you do this before you graduate so you don't lose any files! You can also sign up for your own Creative Cloud subscription on the Adobe website.

Unfortunately, you won't be able to access Creative Cloud once you graduate.

You must be currently studying to enjoy free access to Creative Cloud. Taking a leave of absence means that you're not an active student.