Character Design and Animation for Educators

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About this course

Explore the principles of character design and how to use Adobe creative tools to create character animations. Then learn how to apply your new digital skills to teach character design and animation and integrate new projects into your curriculum.

Understanding character design helps students to better communicate ideas, emotion, and purpose through beautiful character animations. Develop your skills with Adobe Character Animator and Adobe After Effects, industry-standard animation tools, and learn how to teach your students the design and technical skills they need to effectively use character animations in digital media projects.

What will I learn?

  • How using character design and animation in your curriculum can produce positive outcomes for you and your students

  • Best practices and principles for creating amazing character animations

  • The technical skills to create your own character animations with Adobe tools (with support from expert digital media educators)

  • How to apply your new skills to integrate character design and animation projects into your curriculum

  • Collaborate with educators from around the world

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at all educators working in primary, secondary or higher education. No prior experience with Adobe tools or digital media technologies is required.

How long is the course?

The course runs for five weeks, starting on 28th May 2018 and should take about 25 hours to complete. All coursework must be submitted by 13th July 2018.

What will it cost?

Enrollment and course completion certificate are FREE!

What software/technology will I need?

What will I receive when the course ends?

After successfully completing this course, you will receive a digital badge and course certificate that states that you have completed 25 hours of professional development.

About Adobe Education Exchange Courses

Each week of an Education Exchange collaborative course includes:

  • Design and instructional theory content, innovative and tailored for educators

  • Interactive live class session taught by expert educators and featuring guest industry experts

  • Hands-on creative assignment with personalized feedback from instructors and other educators

  • Reflective learning journal best practice

  • Community collaboration and discussion

Live Class Information

This course will include five live classes, which take place on the following days:

  • Class 1 on Tuesday May 29th, 2018

  • Class 2 on Tuesday June 5th, 2018

  • Class 3 on Tuesday June 12th, 2018

  • Class 4 on Tuesday June 19th, 2018

  • Class 5 on Tuesday June 26th, 2018

Each class will take place three times; once in each of the following time zones:

  • AEDT (Sydney) at 7pm

  • GMT (London) at 7pm

  • CST (Chicago) at 7pm

Further instructions for joining the live classes will be provided once the course has opened.


Deila Bumgardner

Freddie Clarke

Matthijs Clasener

Greg Hodgson

Adobe Education

Sjaani van den Berg

Jason Carthew

Course Tutors

Course Workshops
Orientation Meet the tutors and get oriented to the course program. Download the required software and start your learning journey.
Class 1: Introduction to Character Design and Animation We’ll begin with design fundamentals and dive straight into creating characters and animation with Adobe Character Animator and Adobe After Effects.
Class 2: Dive deeper into Character Design and Animation Develop your digital skills and apply your learning. Learn core concepts of character design.
Class 3: Getting to grips with Adobe Animator, After Effects and Spark Explore innovative and engaging practices with Adobe’s digital toolset.
Class 4: Practise makes perfect Embed your new digital skills by creating digital content ready for curriculum integration.
Class 5: Applying new skills In the final week we’ll discover how to best impact your curriculum with your new skillset.
Achieving Accreditation In this section, we'll wrap up the course, complete the steps and move towards graduation. You’ll reflect on your learning during the course and celebrate the work of your peers.
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