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Digital Design CS6: Foundations of Web Design (full curriculum)

Curriculum Published 4/23/12 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. 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 CS6 objectives and the Adobe Certified Associate, Rich Media Communication with Flash CS6 objectives.

To view this PDF Portfolio, please save the file to your desktop and open with Acrobat 9 or Adobe Reader 9, or later.

For more information about the Adobe Certified Associate, Web Communication with Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 exam and the Adobe Certified Associate, Rich Media with Adobe Flash CS6, and how to sign up to take the exam in your area, please visit the Adobe Certified Associate page.

Age Levels
ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Empowered Learner, Students: Digital Citizen, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer, Students: Knowledge Constructor

To complete this curriculum, you will need:

- Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 installed on all machines
- Adobe Fireworks CS6 installed on all machines
- Adobe Flash CS6 installed on all machines
- Student technical guides and presentation
- Supporting assets

(Note: Images used in these technical guides are not provided due to copyright restrictions. Please utilize your own assets or have your students create them as part of the project.) 

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Carol Pearsall

Posted on 6/4/14 2:57:00 AM Permalink

Has the CC version of the curriculum for Web/Dreamweaver been released yet?

Adobe Education

Posted on 6/4/14 6:25:04 AM Permalink

Lorraine Galvin

Posted on 2/4/14 10:29:27 AM Permalink

Is there an update on release date for the Interactive Design curriculum?


Adobe Education

Posted on 2/5/14 12:53:25 AM Permalink

Hi Lorraine,

It is currently in production and will be released in the next few months.


~Adobe Education

Adobe Education

Posted on 6/4/14 6:26:39 AM Permalink

Eric Labonté

Posted on 1/13/14 6:23:38 PM Permalink

Any news when the Interactive Design curriculum will be published? I am looking ahead to my second semester (start date Feb 3rd) and was hoping to use the resource.


Adobe Education

Posted on 1/14/14 7:23:56 AM Permalink

Hi Eric.

By interactive do you mean using Flash?


~Adobe Education

Eric Labonté

Posted on 1/17/14 5:16:08 PM Permalink

Sorry, I guess I should have been a little more specific.

I noticed on the Ed Ex website that there is a new curriculum coming out for "Interactive Design: Foundations of Animation and Interaction Design". Here is a link to the upcoming resource :
Is there a tentative release date for this resource?


Adobe Education

Posted on 1/28/14 2:09:26 PM Permalink

Hi Eric,

It's coming soon and will be realeased in the next few months.


~Adobe Education

Cameron Hughes

Posted on 11/12/13 4:30:13 AM Permalink

Has the CC version of this resource been released yet?

Adobe Education

Posted on 11/12/13 6:07:01 AM Permalink

We are announcing the availability of the resources very soon.


~Adobe Education

Stephanie Pendley

Posted on 8/18/15 7:55:41 PM Permalink

Has this been released? I can't find it. Please let me know me.

marvin evins

Posted on 9/21/13 9:03:41 PM Permalink

Hello I cannot download the linked curriculum. I have updated adobe reader. I still get a link to update adobe reader. Does anyone else have the same problem?

Adobe Education

Posted on 9/23/13 2:22:40 AM Permalink

Hi Marvin - you need to save the file to your desktop and then open it with Adobe Reader. It is a PDF Portfolio, which is not viewable in the browser window.

ko wang

Posted on 9/6/13 4:24:59 PM Permalink

. Oh Thanks ..

Leandro Amano

Posted on 7/31/13 9:27:17 AM Permalink

The Adobe Team has plans to launch this course for the CC version?

Adobe Education

Posted on 7/31/13 4:44:41 PM Permalink

Hi Leandro,

Yes, we are currently working on a CC version right now. Stay tuned - it is coming soon...

pepe luis

Posted on 5/20/13 9:39:55 PM Permalink

Hi! I'd like to know what have I to study to ACE (not ACA) certification. Can you help me?


Adobe Education

Posted on 5/21/13 3:55:37 AM Permalink

Exam preparation guides are available for every certification and can be downloaded from the exam description pages here (click on the exam you want to take and you can download the guide from that page). For additional product learning, visit the Adobe Certification Marketplace.

Hope this is helpful.


~Adobe Education

Janet Anderson Kluss

Posted on 5/16/13 11:49:57 PM Permalink

I've downloaded your Design Curriculum and would like to download your Visual Design: Foundations of Design and Print Production curriculum as well. When I click the link to go there, it does not take me to the curriculum. It takes me to a web page about Online Staff Development and Resource Center. It seems the link takes me to the wrong place??

Adobe Education

Posted on 5/21/13 3:50:39 AM Permalink

Sorry about that. Here is the link to Visual Design CS6. Can you let me know what link you are referring to so we can correct it?


~Adobe Education

Gek Hua Tan

Posted on 5/7/13 4:18:56 PM Permalink

I am a lecturer teaching digital media subjects. Our labs are equipped with Adobe software. If I would like to adapt and use some of these materials, do I need a written permission from Adobe, or a credit to Adobe at the end/or beginning of the notes will do?

Adobe Education

Posted on 5/9/13 2:00:37 AM Permalink

No you do not need permission - simply crediting Adobe is fine. Hope you find the curriculum useful!


~Adobe Education

Colin Maxwell

Posted on 12/12/12 7:27:19 PM Permalink

Malcolm - add an extra line of code between lines 16 & 17 in your Actionscript to reset the hitObstacle to false.

if (obstacle_mc.x < -100)
obstacle_mc.x = 650;
hitObstacle = false;
It's in step 11 of page 18 of the ActionScript for basic gaming section.

Malcolm Smith

Posted on 11/28/12 10:09:40 AM Permalink


I am teaching myself this curriculum not necessarily in order. I have bean working on the project 5 actionscript for basic gaming, and got to the end of page 16 of "Creating scrolling backgrounds and moving objects that collide with your characters." and copied and pasted all script from the pdf, howveer my health only reduces by 1, from 20 even if i stand still and let the obstacle hit me continuously. I assume there is a slight mistake in the last scripts shown or in something I have done with instance naming or something, can someone identify for me the mistake, flash file attached. Also I can't jump if testing in browser.

I am a complete novice.


Adobe Education

Posted on 10/16/12 3:46:57 AM Permalink

@ Michael.

Since each school and teacher has different instructional hours in which to complete this curriculum, we don't break up the curricluum in that way so each teacher can use it according to their unique instructional housr. Therefore, each project has a time estimate for how long it will take to complete, some being longer than others. I would look at each project, take into account your instructional hours, and level of students and you can estimate from there how many hours per week you need to teach the curriculum.


~Adobe Education

Michael Williams

Posted on 10/15/12 10:55:41 PM Permalink

The specs suggest a year to complete. I am unsure of the projected amount of time required. Does a year to complete mean 3 hours per week for 32 weeks accumulating 96 hours? How much time in accumulated hours is projected for the average college student with some publishing skills.



Adobe Education

Posted on 8/28/12 12:35:01 AM Permalink

Hi Terri,

The PRO technical experitse is meant for the instructor teaching the course, not for the student level. The curriculum is written more for teachers to take and teach to their students. Will your daughter be doing this on her own? She could probably manage with the help of AdobeTV tutorials and such. As for more beginner courses I would look on AdobeTV as they have some entry level videos she could follow along with - then perhaps when she's comfortable with Dreamweaver a bit she could start using this curriculum.

I hope this is helpful.


~Adobe Education

Terri Harris

Posted on 8/27/12 11:57:26 PM Permalink

I've been considering this course for a high school elective for my homeschool junior. I noticed the technical expertise says PRO. Now, I'm thinking this course may be too advanced. She has no graphics design experience whatsoever. We are looking for a basic web design course for beginners... Can anyone advise me on whether this course would be suitable or know of another that would work? Thank you

Adobe Education

Posted on 8/27/12 1:25:08 AM Permalink

@ Eryn

The Curriculum comes with an overall curriculum rubric in the introduction, as well as rubrics for each project so you can easily assess throughout.


~Adobe Education

eryn hessian

Posted on 8/24/12 3:05:47 PM Permalink

I am interested if anyone has created an assessment plan for this course. Are there rubrics or other assessment tools available?


Alex Diaz

Posted on 7/18/12 7:36:28 PM Permalink

Problem solved. Thank you for the quick response!



Adobe Education

Posted on 7/18/12 7:12:17 PM Permalink

Hi Alex,

Disregard the previous comment. We have uploaded a new version of the file and you should now not have any trouble. We replaced the zip files with a folder of the zip contents.

Adobe Education

Alex Diaz

Posted on 7/18/12 4:06:06 PM Permalink

I am having difficulty extracting zipped media files. Any helpful suggestions would be greatly apprepriciated.


Alex Diaz