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Digital Design: Introduction

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 by Adobe Education
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  • 10 Ratings
Age Levels
15-16, 17-18, Post-Secondary
Resource Type
web development, web planning, web publishing
Products Used
  • Dreamweaver
  • Photoshop
  • Fireworks
  • Illustrator


Digital Design: Foundations of Web Design is a one-semester, project-based curriculum that teaches digital communication skills in the context of the professional web design and development process, using Adobe web tools. Digital Design develops four key skill areas:
  • Project management and collaboration
  • Design
  • Research and communication
  • Professional web-authoring tools
Students develop these key skills in a spiral—each project adds more challenging skills onto the foundation proficiencies.
Digital Design addresses each of these areas, using a project-based approach. Each project has phases that follow a design and development process, from project planning to evaluation and launch. To simulate a professional work environment, students gradually migrate their design work from an individual process to a group process. Design and technical work by its very nature is iterative, so the projects contain activities that require students to evaluate and then redesign and rework their communications. Specific attention has been paid to developing concepts and principles for thorough, effective design.

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Creative Commons License
Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
Custom Standards
ACA Dreamweaver
ISTE NETS·S Standards
Communication and Collaboration, Research and Information Fluency, Digital Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation, Technology Operations and Concepts, Critical Thinking Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • 1-2 Hours
  • 1+ Day
  • 1+ Week
  • 1+ Month
  • Semester
  • Year
Adobe Dreamweaver CC, Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Fireworks CS6, Adobe Illustrator CC
  • 10 Ratings

All Comments (11)

Sheila Pope

Posted on Jun 14, 2014 - Permalink

I love having a blue print!!!!

Mats Soderberg

Posted on May 20, 2014 - Permalink

Excellent resources!

thank you

Jaime Ball

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 - Permalink

Can someone tell me if there is a download link that will download all the materials and files at one time, like the older versions of this curriculum. At least being able to download by unit would be helpful, but having to download each and every file separately is daunting, and makes me dependent on an internet connection to reach classroom materials if I don't download everything ahead of time. I am sure there has to be a link, but I just haven't found it yet. Thank you, Id appreciate any guidance. -Jaime

Adobe Education

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 - Permalink

Hi Jamie....It's great to hear you like the new curriculum! At the moment you do need to download each piece separately. But, we're working on a putting together the full curriculum in one file, which will be part of a larger feature rollout that will help make the Adobe curriculum content more customizable. Stay tuned...

Adobe Education

Posted on May 16, 2014 - Permalink

Robert McHugh

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 - Permalink

Excellent resources!! Thank you.

Lyndall Stols

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 - Permalink

Hi There,

Can I ask why the cirriculum for Digital Design CC was cut down from a year to a semester?

Many Thanks


Adobe Education

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 - Permalink

We decided to take the Flash Professional projects that previously were in Digital Design and put them in a new Interactive Design curriculum. We did this because we found that educators were not necessarily teaching Dreamweaver and Flash in the same course anymore and that with the changing focus of Flash towards animation and game design and development, it didn't make sense to keep it connected to web design and development content with Dreamweaver. We would have had a Digital Design curriculum with two halves that were not that well connected. So, we felt that breaking them apart would make them more usable and flexible for educators. This way, you could choose to only teach the web design content and not have to do the work of pulling that out yourself. Or you can easily teach both the Digital Design and the Interactive Design curriculums for a full year's worth of content (assuming 1 hour per day of instruction time).

Hope this makes sense. Let us know if you have more questions.

belinda bell

Posted on Dec 8, 2013 - Permalink

WOW, great resource for Teachers! Thank you Adobe! Can't wait to really get into it!

Marc Boucher

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 - Permalink


I can download the file and like what I read but why we can't register to received information each week, like other course?

Adobe Education

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 - Permalink

Hi Marc - perhaps you misunderstand this resource. This is not a course for you to enroll in, this is a curriculum for you to use in your classroom as a teaching resource with your students.