Adobe Generation Professional: Animation

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Course overview

This course is part of a series of six Adobe Generation Professional courses designed to help educators become creators, not just consumers, of digital media. Throughout the series, you’ll learn new tools and techniques, explore best practices for teaching and learning, and unleash your creativity to help drive student outcomes. Drop in for one or engage in many, but we guarantee this series will help you and your students take your digital skills and creativity to the next level.

This six-week course focuses on the deceptively simple art of animation. Educators create a number of different types of digital animations using the latest Adobe tools. Throughout the process, participants explore best practices for integrating digital media into your classroom.

All the content you produce can be used to model good practices within your own school or college. Each week of the course will introduce you to a new theme and an industry expert from the world of digital design. As a result, you’ll become more confident with cutting-edge digital tools, more effective as a teacher, and more of an inspiration to your students.

Learning objectives

By completing in this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Create animations using Adobe Photoshop, Edge Animate, Flash Professional, and After Effects.
  • Develop technical skills as well as a critical language about the craft of animation.
  • Explore best practices for teaching and learning with digital media.
  • Integrate creativity and digital media into a curriculum plan for the classroom.


This is an intermediate-level course. Some familiarity with Photoshop is assumed. No prior experience with Edge Animate, Flash Professional, or After Effects is required.

Course timeline

  • Course begins: May 1
  • Enrollment closes: June 14
  • First live class: May 5
  • Course ends: May 30
  • Last day to submit work: June 21

Live Classes and Important Dates

  • Friday, May 1: Course opens on the Adobe Education Exchange. Review pre-course readings and plan your participation.
  • Tuesday, May 5: Live Class 1
  • Thursday, May 7: Live Class 2
  • Monday, May 11: Live Class 3
  • Wednesday, May 13: Live Class 4
  • Friday, May 15: Live Class 5
  • Tuesday, May 26: Live Class 6
  • Saturday, May 30, to Saturday, June 20: Catch-up and finish-off days
  • Sunday, June 21: Last day to submit work to the Education Exchange if you want to graduate from the course.

Course Credit

Successful completion of this course will require approximately 25 hours of your time. After successfully completing this course, you’ll receive a digital credential stating that you successfully completed 25 hours of professional development. You may share this with others to demonstrate your achievement.


Colin Maxwell

Greg Hodgson

Pip Cleaves

Jason Carthew

Mark Shufflebottom

Course Workshops
Class 1: Getting started Getting started - Meet the tutors and get oriented to the course program. Download the required software and start thinking about your learning goals. Explore Adobe Photoshop as a tool for animation.
Class 2: Animation basics Animation basics - Learn the basic history and vocabulary of animation. Create a simple HTML5 animation using Adobe Edge Animate.
Class 3: Interactive animation Interactive animation - Explore animation in the digital age. Make your HTML5 animation interactive using Edge Animate.
Class 4: Animating Text Animating Text - Learn about the principles of animation. Discover the wonders of Adobe After Effects.
Class 5: Stop Motion Stop Motion - Learn more about the key principles of animation and make a short stop-frame animation in After Effects
Class 6: Reflect and review Reflect and review — Reflect on your learning in the course and celebrate the work of your peers. Consider classroom application of your digital media skills and take a final, deeper look at the power of After Effects as a compositing tool.
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