IBM Collaborates with Adobe to Introduce Teens to Basic Design Principles

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 10 2018: IBM company logo on headquarters building on May 10, 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic.

No-cost courses on IBM SkillsBuild for Students provide learners with design skills for the workplace

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is providing no-cost, online coursework and a digital badge credential in a collaboration with Adobe. The collaboration is designed to help prepare students, particularly those from under-resourced backgrounds, for successful academic and professional careers by teaching them basic design principles and creativity tools that are highly valued by today’s employers. All coursework is provided at no cost to learners through IBM’s SkillsBuild for Students ( program.

IBM SkillsBuild for Students provides no-cost visual design coursework that aims to help teens be more successful when they begin careers. For example, the program offers a “Basic Principles of Design” course, co-developed by Adobe and IBM. This helps learners recognize what good design looks like, enables them to hear from experienced design professionals, and get resources to help apply design principles to actual projects. Students also have access to curated courses on industry-standard creativity tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign.  

In addition, the partnership with Adobe includes other interactive learning activities and self-assessments, such as one that enables students to explore the different creative personalities that they can express through visual art.

The Adobe coursework is available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish. These and many other courses, such as on the topics of technology and professional workplace skills, can be found at

Educators who use the basic principles of design course with students can find other free offerings to help them unlock their students’ creativity on the Adobe Education Exchange at

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