Quick Start

The Adobe Creative Cloud (ACC) is a suite of software and web-based applications that creative professionals worldwide use. The suite includes over twenty individual applications that allow you to edit video and audio, process digital images, create single and multi-page layouts, render 3D objects, and many more. An ACC license also provides access to cloud storage and asset management between the various applications.


The Adobe Creative Cloud enables you to create and edit digital multimedia assets with industry leading tools that provide the de facto standard in media editing and creation. The majority of applications install right on your own computer and allow you to work on your digital media at your convenience. Some web-based tools (e.g. Spark, Portfolio) are also available and require Internet access.

Key Features

Adobe Creative Cloud is a collection of professional digital multimedia creation tools for print, web, and video content. ACC includes more than twenty programs such as Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

What to Expect

The desktop applications install on your own computer. Performance depends on the suitability of your computer, please consult the recommended minimum configuration requirements. Some applications, especially in the video tools area, require more resources than others.


  • A computer meeting the minimum requirements for the selected application
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Must be eligible to receive either a university sponsored (free) license or to procure a license via an Internal Service Request (ISR) – see “Cost” section for eligibility determination


Group License Type Cost
Undergraduate Students
Graduate Students
Professional Students
University-sponsored license No Charge
Faculty with a primary teaching appointment in:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Communication
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of General Studies
  • College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
  • Computing & Data Sciences
  • Metropolitan College
  • Questrom School of Business
  • Wheelock College of Education
  • School of Hospitality Administration
University-sponsored license No Charge
Faculty whose primary appointment is not in one of the schools/colleges listed above Subscription procured via an Internal Service Request (ISR)
Coverage period is May 1st through April 30th
Researchers, Staff Subscription procured via an Internal Service Request (ISR)
Coverage period is May 1st through April 30th

* License cost cannot be prorated.


All licenses procured via an Internal Service Request are for use within the administrative, research, and instructional context of Boston University and not for personal use.
All licenses are named user licenses (attached to a BU email address assigned to an individual).

Getting Started