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ENGL 1030: Composition & Rhetoric

This guide will help students enrolled in ENGL 1030 find resources to complete the major assignments

Multimedia Introduction

Multimedia projects, also called multimodal projects, might be encouraged or required in your ENGL1030 class. 

We can break these projects down into three groups: video projects, podcast or audio projects, and visual design projects.


Video projects might incorporate videos that you record on our own, as well as pre-existing recordings, such as those you find online and materials from Clemson Special Collections and Archives. Consider why you might make a video: it allows you to combine visual media with voicevoer or interviews and other sounds.


Podcasts are digital audio files that are accessible online and can be listened to via streaming or downloading on your phone, computer, or device. You might choose to make a podcast if you want to tell a story using sound, without visuals.


Visual design projects could be anything from a photo essay to a storyboard. This will involve visual media and probably not sound (although it's still possible to include sound). The final form might be a webpage or a document that you can share. This is an expansive category that encompasses a variety of visual projects.

Multimedia Help

Don't worry if you've never made a multimedia project before or if it's been a while since you've made one. There are a lot of resources to help you get started

Library trainings will help you walk through all of the steps to creating a video, podcast, or design project. These trainings might already be incorporated into your Canvas page but you can also access them via the Clemson Canvas Commons:

  1. In Canvas, select “Commons” in the purple menu bar on the left of any page
  2. Search for “Kelsey Sheaffer”
  3. Select the training you're interested in

The Adobe Digital Studio will also be hosting workshops on multimedia topics. Check the Adobe Digital Studio website for more information. 

Multimedia Software

You have a variety of resources at your fingertips for working on multimedia topics. You've probably heard by now that you have access to the Adobe Creative Cloud, which is a suite of creative software. There are different programs for working with video, audio, design, and other creative topics. You also have access to a range of excellent, free programs that you can find online. You'll find a list below of software options for working with creative topics.



Adobe Rush


Adobe Rush is the basic video editor that is excellent for beginners. We recommend this program for anyone getting started with video editing. It's similar to iMovie. Rush is also available as an app for your phone.

Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro is the more advanced video editor. It has a much steeper learning curve than Rush but is the industry standard. Use Premiere if you're really excited about video editing and want to continue.


Zoom is an excellent option to record yourself or your group giving a presentation. Zoom is not a video editor. You can make simple edits to videos (trimming the beginning and end) on Quicktime on a Mac.



Adobe Audition


Adobe Audition is Adobe's main audio editor. You can use Audition to record your podcast, edit and trim, and add music. It is more simple than many Adobe programs but still has a bit of a learning curve.


SoundTrap is a web-based sound recording and editing platform. For the free version, go to the SoundTrap pricing page and scroll down to the gray "Free" box to signup.



You can use Zoom (or Skype or WebEx) to record your podcast with a friend or interviewee. Zoom does not have any editing features so you'll need to drop the audio file into Adobe Audition.

Free Technology for Teachers: Anchor Has Been Acquired by Spotify


Spotify's all-in-one podcasting platform. Use Anchor to record, edit, and distribute your podcasts (but only on Spotify).


Adobe Express Learn & Support

Adobe Express

(Recommended for photo essays)

Adobe Express is a free, easy-to-use web-based program from Adobe that provides templates for many different kinds of projects, including: webpages, graphics, and video presentations. An Adobe Express webpage (called Express Page) is a great way to easily combine photos and text into one long webpage. Express Pages is collaborative so you can use it for group projects.

Google Slides

(Recommended for storyboards)

Google Slides is a web-based platform that is a more simple version of Powerpoint. You might be more familiar with using Slides for presentations, but you can also make posters and storyboards by using a single slide and adjusting the size .

Slides is the best option if you need to work collaboratively with a group. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of Powerpoint but most of those extra features are not needed.


Canva is another web-based graphic design platform. Canva has numerous templates to use but they are typically more design-oriented than classic posters.

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Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is Adobe's vector-based design program. You can make really excellent posters in Illustrator but it is by far the most complicated software on the list. 


Adobe Download

Download Adobe programs using these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Sign in with your Clemson email without the .g (example:
  3. In the top menu bar, select “Apps”
  4. Scroll down to find Illustrator, select the blue “Download” button, continue the rest of your computer’s download steps

Clemson Creative Spaces

Adobe Digital Studio

Resources to support and expand digital literacy: video studio, audio studio, computer workstations. Interns available to answer questions during week-days. Workshops every semester.

Cooper Library, 5th floor Clemson students and employees

Cooper Makerspace

Clemson Makerspace (student-run) second location, focused on low-tech creative tools: fabric printer, 3D printers, hand tools, craft supplies. Staffed by interns.


Cooper Library, 5th floor Clemson students and employees, some training required

Watt Makerspace

Clemson Makerspace original location: 3D printers, laser cutter/engraver, CNC mill. Staffed by interns.

Watt Family Innovation Center, 110 Clemson students and employees, some training required

Digital Media Learning Labs

Resources for support and grow digital media learning: audio studio, app and game development, video production

Old Main, 2nd floor Clemson students and employees, some equipment reserved for education students

Center for Geospatial Technologies

Tech and support for geospatial (GIS) technologies: computer workstations, scanners, drones. Workshops every semester.

Cooper Library, 412Cooper Library, 412 Clemson students and employees

Immersive Space

Tech and support to develop virtual and augmented reality applications. Headsets for use in space.

Watt Family Innovation Center, 308 Clemson students and employees

Digital and Interactive Arts Lab

Tech and support for digital arts methods including VR and AR, video art, sound art, interactive media, generative art, projection mapping, 3-D modeling

Watt Family Innovation Center, 1st floor/td> Clemson students and employees

Cook Engineering Lab

The ME student shop contains hand tools, saws, lathes, and welders. Must be certified to use, non-ME students allowed to go through the certification process.

Cook Engineering Lab Clemson students, priority to Engineering students, training required

Digital Design Shop

cad/cam research lab for students and faculty experimenting with digital fabrication, cad/cam, and rapid prototyping: laser cutters, cnc, 3D printers

Lee Hall Architecture students and faculty (exceptions on case-by-case basis), training required

Bits and Pieces

Electronics makerspace, including support and tech for microelectronics and circuits

Riggs Hall, B12 Clemson students and employees

Communication Center

Supports oral communication need and learning: two soundproofed video studios with green screens

Watt Family Innovation Center, 216 Clemson students, priority to communication students

Social Media Listening Center

Monitor, measure, and engage with social media conversations.

Daniel Hall Training, internships and partnerships