A collection of resources for COMM students:
Using Adobe Outside of Class
Want to use Adobe Creative Cloud applications to work on your assignments outside of class? You have several options for using Adobe Creative Suite:
1. Use the COMM Computer Labs
There are two small PC computer labs on the 2nd floor of Lupton Hall (just down the hall from the 210 and 211 classrooms) that are available during the day, Monday - Friday. These computers have all Adobe programs, as well as Photomechanics.
2. Visit the Studio at the UTC Library
Looking for a place to work on media projects? The Studio at the Library is a great option. They have 24 work stations (12 Macs, 12 PCs), all loaded with Adobe Creative Suite (but not Photomechanics). They also have an audio suite and a video/photography suite. Plus their reference librarians can help answer some of your questions. Learn more about the studio:
3. Late Night at the UTC Library
Need access to a computer with Adobe late at night (after the Library Studio has closed)? There are 5 computers located in the 24/5 space in the UTC Library that have Adobe Creative Suite. The 24/5 space is open Sunday - Thursday (not available Friday or Saturday night).
4. Download Adobe programs
For the 2022-2023 academic year COMM majors can download and use Adobe Creative Suite on their own computers.
To download the programs you would like to use visit Adobe.com and click sign in. When prompted, type tennessee.edu into the username box and hit enter. After hitting enter, the Central Authentication Service login box will appear. Enter your UTC ID in the username field and your UTC password into the password field. Hit enter. Once logged in you can select which program(s) you want to download.
Please note, this option is only available to COMM majors. Be sure to check the system requirements of specific Adobe programs to see if your computer is powerful enough to run the program. Not all computers are created equally and some Adobe program need significant computing capabilities to run effectively.
5. Connect to a Lab Computer
Not a COMM major? Computer not powerful enough to run Adobe? Don't want to bother with downloading Adobe? You can use your computer to remote access a UTC computer.
Learn how to connect to a UTC computer at:
Be careful to follow each step - there are a couple of key steps that, if you skip, will not allow you to connect to the computer.
To access Adobe products, you will want to connect to one of the following computers:
Logging on to Adobe
When using an Adobe program you will be prompted to sign into Adobe.
Type tennessee.edu into the username box and hit enter.
After hitting enter, the Central Authentication Service login box will appear.
Enter your UTC ID in the username field and your UTC password into the password field. Hit enter.
Work saved to the lab computer will be deleted when you log out.
You can save your work to the computer while you are working, but when you are finished you need to upload all your files to your Google Drive.
When you are done using the computer, you need to log out of the computer - simply disconnecting from the computer will not log you out.
To log out of a windows computer, click on the windows logo in the bottom left corner, click on the person logo on the far left (5 up from the bottom), then click on "sign out."
Using COMM Equipment
The Department of Communication provides a variety of video, photographic, and audio recording equipment for COMM students to use in class and to check out for use outside of class time. Here are a few resources to help you use the equipment once you reserve and check out the equipment:
Canon EOS 80d
Canon VIXIA HF R600
Sony Nex 5n
ZOOM H4n Recorder
In many of our classes you are asked to use Adobe Creative Cloud applications. All of these applications are powerful and take years to learn. Below are some resources to help you learn what you can do with these power tools.
Adobe Audition (audio editing)
Adobe InDesign (publication design)
Adobe Photoshop (photo editing)
Adobe Premiere Pro (video editing)
Adobe After Effects (video effects)
Adobe Character Animator (animated characters for videos)
Adobe Illustrator (graphic design)
Public Domain & Royalty Free Content
When working with images, video, and audio you need to be mindful of copyrights. You simply can't reuse something you found on Google or elsewhere on the Web.
One safe way to use others work in your projects is to use content that is either in the public domain or content that other individuals have decided to make available for use (sometimes with restrictions).
Below are links to some sites with either public domain content or content that is being made available by the other with some restrictions. Be sure to read the rules and restrictions on each of these sites to make sure you can use the content.
UTC Student Resources
- UTC Learn - Web support for UTC classes.
- MyMocsNet - Login to MyMocsNet to find out what classes you need to take (through MyMocsDegree) and manage your student account (through Self-Service Banner).
- Disability Resource Center - Support for students with disabilities.
- Student Support Services - Struggling in school? Student Support services maybe able to help with tutoring, academic advising, and more.
- UTC Writing Center - Need help writing a paper?
- More Resources - Links to everything from the Bookstore to the Video Production.