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Adobe Creative Cloud for Faculty and Staff

Information for Sept 1, 2023 – Sept 30, 2023

All existing employee subscriptions have been extended until Sept 30. You do not need to renew any licensing. New employees without licensing can use the self-service portal to get licensing without delay.

BCIT has secured new licensing, and we must transition by Oct 1. To cut-over to the new licensing, IT Services will invalidate all licenses at midnight Sept 30 and provide new offerings in the self-service portal starting on Oct 1.

All employees (including those with new subscriptions issued in Sept 2023) will be required to claim an appropriate license on Oct 1. This timing ensures that Adobe license renewal will not have a significant impact on term-start activities.

There are new products, costs, and licensing outlined in the article below. Please review the article and make sure you select the appropriate product to renew.

The remainder of this article describes the changes that will be in effect on Oct 1, and is posted to assist with institute awareness of the upcoming change and to ease the license transition. If you have any questions, please email

License changes coming for October 2023 (rest of article)

BCIT’s updated agreement separates Adobe offerings into three licensed products:

  • Adobe Acrobat is site licensed (no cost) for Faculty and Staff.
  • Adobe Express is site licensed (no cost) for Faculty and Staff.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud licensing is now limited and will be regulated.
    Note: Access to Creative Cloud subscriptions now requires review and approval based on the use of the software at BCIT and will incur a cost to your department.

BCIT has extended all existing subscriptions to September 30, 2023. Existing subscribers will need to renew their subscription on October 1. New employees will be able to use the self-serve portal to obtain a subscription now, but will need to renew the subscription on October 1.

The extension and renewal is required to align all of our deployed products with our current license holdings.

What is Adobe Creative Cloud?

Adobe Creative Cloud is a bundle of more than 20 software applications to enable creators to produce a wide array of creative content for images, web-content, sound, and video. An academic creative cloud subscription provides access to almost all of Adobe’s flagship products including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and more.

Adobe Acrobat is now available as a separate product for BCIT – if you only require Adobe to read, modify, and manage PDFs you do not need a full Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. Learn how to get an Adobe Acrobat subscription.

Subscription renewal

Starting in 2023, one-year subscriptions will now expire on October 1 of each year. If your current applications are not allowing you to log in, your subscription has likely expired. BCIT is deliberately offsetting Adobe renewals to ensure a smooth September term start.

You do not need to uninstall and reinstall applications on your computer – you only need to update your licensing through the self-serve portal. All users are encouraged to renew ASAP on October 1 to allow time for provisioning without impacting classroom delivery.

New review and approval process for Creative Cloud subscriptions

The goal of the application process is to ensure that instructional staff teaching Adobe products continue to have access to this software. All employee Creative Cloud subscriptions require manager approval for funding/cross-charge.