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Digital Design CS3: Foundations of Web Design (full curriculum)

Curriculum Published 9/30/10 Last updated on 5/16/18
Digital Design: Foundations of Web Design is a two-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. Adobe collaborated with the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Wilderness Technology Alliance to create career-track course materials that focus on digital media and web development. 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.
This curriculum maps to the Adobe Certified Associate, Web Communication with Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 objectives and the Adobe Certified Associate, Rich Media Communication with Flash CS3 objectives.
Age Levels
Communication and Collaboration, Research and Information Fluency, Digital Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation, Technology Operations and Concepts, Critical Thinking Problem Solving and Decision Making

To complete this curriculum, you will need:
- Adobe Fireworks CS3 Extended installed on all machines
- Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 installed on all machines
- Adobe Flash Professional CS3 installed on all machines
- Student technical guides

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Posted on 9/7/16 3:51:55 AM Permalink

Hi, you mentioned below that the teacher resources did isn't available for cs3 anymore, but I need cs5 dvd if possible I know you stated that all the links are on Adobe Ed exchange but in the cs5 introduction to visual design it states that it includes starter files to help students complete instructions on the tech guides I don't see those links online. I also can't open any of ppt files because since I have to open Adobe Acrobat the ppt files don't even show up on my iPad or within acrobat reader and I have the newest versions. I cant download the ppt files for cs5 separately like I can in the newer curriculums. Plus I live in rural areas and it takes a long time to download from edu exchange my school does have a license for cs5 How could I order a resource dvd?

Thank you,

Adobe Education

Posted on 9/26/16 4:20:15 PM Permalink

Hi Keith - unfortunately, we don't produce the DVDs anymore so there is no way to order one. The content that is available online on the Adobe Education Exchange is all that we have for CS5. Thanks for your understanding.

Adobe Education

Posted on 3/27/11 3:01:48 PM Permalink

Hi Michele,

Yes, there is an Italian translation available through our publishing partner in Italy - TESI Automazione.

Check out the following webpage for more information about the availability of the curriculum and certification programs that TESI runs:

Hope this helps,
Adobe Education

michele martinello

Posted on 3/27/11 12:48:09 PM Permalink

Hi, is there an Italian translation of this curriculum?


Adobe Education

Posted on 2/28/11 3:37:09 PM Permalink

Hi Cole,

Unfortunately, the CS3 Digital Careers Teaching Resources DVD is no longer available. The current CS5 version of the DVD is shipped to education customers who purchase a CS5 site license.

However, all of the content on the DVD is available on the Adobe Education Exchange. Here are the links to the other CS3 curriculums:

Visual Design CS3

Digital Video CS3

Hope this helps!

Adobe Education

Cole Laswick

Posted on 2/26/11 6:45:14 PM Permalink

HOw do I get the

Adobe Digital Careers Teaching

Resources DVD for this?