Congratulations to our newly-certified Autodesk and Adobe Users

It’s been a great day for CCi students taking the Adobe ACA and Autodesk ACU exams.  We’ve had 11 passes today.  Congratulations to all of the students below.

Marcus Pockney   (Illustrator)

Gilles Kurt   (Photoshop)

Michael Taylor   (Illustrator)

Israel Abam   (Revit Architecture)

Audu Akange   (Revit Architecture)

Samuel Akakpo   (Revit Architecture)

Efstathia Palyvou   (Revit Architecture, AutoCAD)

Jane Lehtmets   (Revit Architecture)

Osemudiamen Adeh   (Revit Architecture)

Patrick Muyembe   (Revit Architecture)

There are just two more weeks to take your exams before the Summer.  If you have achieved 80% in the GMetrix online practice tests, why not book your exam place here:


By popular demand – an extra date for Adobe and Autodesk exams

We’ve had a great response to sign up for the Adobe and Autodesk exams on Wednesday 6th April.  As a result we’re adding an extra date for exams – Tuesday 5th April.  You can book your place here.

Remember you must already be signed up for the GMetrix online training and have achieved 80% in the practice tests before booking your place for an exam.

Level 6 CCi student and interested in finding out more?  Come and see us in Eldon 2.32 or email us here.

Adobe & Autodesk Exams over Easter


In the last three weeks  CCi students across a range of courses have been successful in gaining their Adobe and Autodesk accreditation.

Open to all CCi students Level 6 and above, you can take exams in six Adobe programs – Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Flash and Dreamweaver as well as Revit, AutoCAD, 3DS Max and Maya in the Autodesk suite.

Already signed up to the online training?  Achieved 80% in the practice tests – we’re running an extra exam over Easter which you can sign up to here.

Interested in getting the accreditation – drop in to 2.32 to sign up or email us for more details.


Where can I get free online software tutorials?

Even the folks here at Creative Skills needs to sleep sometime so what do you do when it’s 3am and you need to learn how to create a masks in After Effects or how to add a wall in SketchUp. Before you spend hours trawling through YouTube here are a few free online resources that could save you some time.


Moodle: CCi Skills – Creative

We have our very own Moodle page which appears by default on your Moodle homepage. Look down the list to find and select CCi Skills – Creative.  Our page contains sections for the major software that we support and includes reference guides, PDF worksheets, workshop tutorials, examples and useful links.


Pluralsight (formerly Digital Tutors)

Pluralsight is an online training library with hundreds of training videos in huge range of software including:  3ds Max, After Effects, Dreamweaver,  Fusion, Houdini, Illustrator, InDesign, Maya, Nuke, Photoshop,  RenderMan,  V-Ray, and Z-brush plus many more!

This is available through the library catalogue and you can access it here – follow the instructions there to login.


Stephen Hall has a host of resources to help with CAD software, building modelling, SketchUp, InDesign and Photoshop among others.


Video CoPilot

A fantastic site for tutorials and resources on motion graphics and VFX using After Effects.  You can visit it here where you can even download plugins and scripts to improve your After Effects comps.


Adobe TV

Adobe TV has video tutorials for all of its major creative software and is a great resource for learning the programs from scratch.  Highly recommended.


Adobe Knowhow

Knowhow is Adobe’s new platform for extensive online courses .  It has a ‘free’ section where you can access hours of video tutorials covering many of its major programs – you can access it here.  The main Knowhow website has much more but these will cost you so try out the free section first to see if it has what you want.


Autodesk Knowledge Network 

A great resource for Autodesk products – in particular you may want to take advantage of the Getting Started in Revit section.







After Effects workshops start 4th November!


We are running Wednesday afternoon workshops in Adobe After Effects starting on Wednesday 4th November.  These workshops are open to all CCi students regardless of course or level.

Need to use create motion graphics or titles? Would like to learn animation techniques or simple visual effects?  This could be for you!

All you need to do is register here.

Over 40 students have already signed up for the Adobe ACA


Over 40 students have already signed up for the Adobe Certified Associate programme.  

All Level 6 and above CCi Students can apply to become an Adobe Certified Associate in one or more Adobe software packages.  Currently on offer are:  Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash & Dreamweaver.  Once certified your status lasts for three years and you are entitled to use the digital logos on your CVs, portfolios, websites etc.

Think you might be interested?  Why not email us and we’ll book a time to get you started with the online training.