Looking for ways to build some tech skills outside of class?
No matter your major, companies are always taking a second look at applications from people with strong skills with technology. Whether your technology interests lie more in back-end development of software or even designing visually appealing web content, there are a number of different ways you can begin to learn to code, design graphics & logos, edit video and audio, and more for free!
Adobe’s Creative Suite through IUWare
IU gives you access through IUWare to download the entirety of the Adobe Creative Cloud for free. That’s over $600 worth of annual content which is free to you throughout your enrollment at IU. Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign are industry standard for those interested in graphic design, marketing, and UI/UX design. After Effects & Premiere Pro are good for those interested in video production & editing, and Adobe Audition is great for audio editing—though you may consider downloading the free version of Pro Tools for industry standard music production and audio for film.
Do you have your Monroe County Public Library card? It’s useful for much more than just checking out books. You’ll gain free access to Lynda.com tutorials, a much higher quality than what you may stumble across on YouTube, for all things technology from coding, photography, audio engineering and more.
Hit Record is a platform for creators interested in building their skills and portfolios by collaborating with one another on a variety of projects. From concept art to full soundtracks for video games, you can find people who share your interests with whom you can create something great.
Campus Organizations & Student Groups
The Center for Excellence for Women in Technology (CEWiT) supports women who are eager to break into the world of technology and navigate issues of gender and identity in the workplace. They also host workshops, networking opportunities, and provide mentoring training and development. Code at IU can also be a useful student group to check out for those who are looking for a more didactic approach to learning to code rather than following online tutorials.