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38 students earn Adobe certification

A total of 38 Morehead State students earned Adobe certification this semester, bringing the total number of certifications earned for the academic year to 80.   

“These numbers continue to speak to the outstanding quality of our instructors in the Department of Art and Design and convergent media. This is truly a point of pride and achievement that should be celebrated.  I am very proud of all the hard work that went into this process by our students, faculty, and staff,” said Tony Glover, instructor and Adobe certification program coordinator.  

Ten students earned certification in Photoshop, 10 were certified in Illustrator, nine earned InDesign certifications, five were certified in After effects and one was certified in Premiere Pro. In addition, two students were certified as graphic design specialists for passing certification exams for Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, and one student was certified as a video design specialist for passing certification exams in Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere Pro.  

Students who earned high scores were: 

  • Photoshop: Angel Reffett, a junior art and design major from Clearfield, 861.  
  • Illustrator: Adeline Fish, a Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics junior from Walton, 860.
  • Premiere Pro: Matthew Bryant, a senior convergent media major from Nicholasville, 871.
  • After Effects: Brian Leming, a senior from Flemingsburg majoring in computer science, 904.  

MSU boasts a certification exam pass rate of 87 percent for the spring semester.   

“Our college’s instructors do a great job of teaching our students the skill sets needed to be competitive in today’s digital media job landscape,” Glover said. “Our Adobe Certified Instructors are responsible for delivering course content that teaches students through a series of in-class tutorials, design projects, lectures, and quizzes -- all done in a very hands-on learning environment. This approach ensures that our students are receiving detailed skills/knowledge of the software, core design principles, and industry standards/practices.” Glover added that the program also provides students with resources such as tutorials, practice exams and other resources to help them earn certification.   

Glover said earning Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) status validates a student’s skills, giving them an advantage when they enter the workforce.  

“In today’s extremely competitive job market having a certification in addition to your degree will help your resume stand out,” he said. “It is a proven fact that digital media and technology certifications help hiring professionals choose whom to interview and increases your chance to land the job.”  

To find out more about MSU’s Adobe certification programs, visit, email glover at or call 606-783-9338.  

For information about programs in MSU’s Department of Art and Design, visit, email or call 606-783-2766.  

To learn more about MSU’s convergent media program, visit, email or call 606-783-2134.