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Adobe Systems gives users access to a collection of software for graphic design, video editing, web development, photography, and cloud services. Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) is licensed for use by MIT faculty, students, and staff.

MIT’s Adobe Creative Cloud license includes:

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Acrobat DC
  • Premiere Pro
  • After Effects
  • Animate
  • XD (Experience Design)
  • Dreamweaver
  • Dimension
  • Cloud storage, and more

How to Obtain

All MIT faculty, students, and staff will automatically be granted access to the full suite of Adobe Creative Cloud based on their "Active" status in MIT's databases. When this happens, you will receive an email from Adobe with a welcome message and instructions to follow.

Authentication and activation can then be done by entering an address at and authenticating through MIT Touchstone Authentication.

Note: If you already have an Adobe Creative Cloud account using your address (whether purchased yourself or provided by MIT), you will see two options when you log in to

  • Personal account - This is your old account, using your email address and password. (DO NOT DELETE until you are sure you have migrated everything you need out of this account)
  • Company or school account - This is your new, Touchstone-enabled MIT account.

If your old account was provided by MIT, use the Touchstone-enabled “company or school” account. If you paid for your old account, it will continue working as long as your subscription remains current.

Affiliate Licenses: Purchasing information

Affiliates are not covered by MIT's limited Adobe Creative Cloud license. Only, a person with purchasing permissions in your department would be able to purchase Adobe VIP licenses through GovConnection on their behalf.

The Adobe VIP program is a 12 month subscription with an annual renewal each year.

Please specify the type of license you wish to purchase.
  1.  Named user licenses, where you get 100 GB of storage, and online services (products such as Behance for portfolios), each user can install on a school owned computer and one other computer, maybe for home use. The proctor of these licenses will assign them to a Personal Adobe ID that only requires a name and an email address, and can make changes at any time via and Admin portal you will need a Personal Adobe ID to log in with. Our Federated ID's are NOT affiliated with this program.
  2. Device licenses, where the license is assigned to a computer (great for lab environments), this is less expensive than the named user licenses, but you only get one install per license, you don’t receive the online services or the 100 GB of storage space.

Adobe VIP licenses can be purchased through GovConnection.

  1. Go to the GovConnection portal through B2P.
  2. In the top right corner you will find the contact information for Darren Gullen, our GovConnection Account Manager.
  3. Contact Darren via phone or email for a quote for your Adobe VIP needs. (licenses can NOT be found in their B2P portal)

How to Use

Troubleshooting and FAQ's

Have Questions or Still Need Help?

Additional escalation information for Help Staff can be found here:
  • [Adobe Creative Cloud - Licensing]
  • [hd:How to Package Adobe Creative Cloud Apps]

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October 01, 2020

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