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Visual Design CS6: Foundations of Design and Print Production (full curriculum)

Curriculum Published 4/23/12 Last updated on 5/16/18
Visual Design: Foundations of Design and Print Production is a yearlong, project-based curriculum that develops career and communication skills in print production and graphic design, using Adobe tools. Visual Design develops four key skill areas:
  • Project management and collaboration
  • Design
  • Research and communication
  • Professional print production using graphic design tools

Students develop these key skills in a spiral—each project adds more challenging skills to foundation proficiencies. Students experience subject areas and skills across careers in graphic design, photography, print and layout design, and production. Adobe collaborated with a community of educators across the US and UK to develop the appropriate depth and breadth of each project.

Additionally, Adobe collaborated and co-developed this content with the International Society of Technology Education (ISTE) to create standards-aligned, career-track, course materials that focus on print production and graphic design. Visual 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 and analysis to evaluation and distribution. Students gain experience through real-world projects that help them better understand the roles and processes across a broad range of careers involving visual design. To simulate a professional work environment, students gradually migrate their design work from an individual process to a group process, focused on personal and client work. Design 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 content prepares students for the Adobe Certified Associate, Visual Communication using Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended examination.

The Full curriculum PDF file is a PDF Portfolio, which cannot be viewed in your web browser. 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, Visual Communication with Adobe Photoshop CS6 exam and how to sign up to take the exam in your area, please visit the Adobe Certified Associate page.

  • Acrobat

    The complete PDF solution for working anywhere. (includes desktop, web, and mobile access)

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • Illustrator

    Create beautiful vector art and illustrations.

  • InDesign

    Craft elegant layouts at your desk or on the go.

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 Photoshop CS6 Extended installed on all machines
- Adobe InDesign CS6 installed on all machines
- Adobe Illustrator CS6 installed on all machines
- Adobe Acrobat X Pro installed on all machines
- Student technical guides

(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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max noremo

Posted on 1/24/20 1:39:14 PM Permalink


Stoyanka Veselinova

Posted on 4/3/19 1:31:24 PM Permalink

​Thank you !

Boonthai Mokkaravoranant

Posted on 7/14/18 12:35:52 PM Permalink

​Thank you.

Percy Ordonez

Posted on 4/4/18 8:24:44 PM Permalink

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Daniel Timbal

Posted on 1/18/16 5:14:23 AM Permalink

Great resource.Thank you!

Kerry Jones

Posted on 10/6/15 6:37:54 PM Permalink

Ben Shapiro

Posted on 1/14/15 6:55:17 PM Permalink

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Jim Astin

Posted on 10/2/13 1:24:32 AM Permalink

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Judy Shaul

Posted on 12/12/13 11:56:27 PM Permalink

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Anne Jan Zandstra

Posted on 8/21/13 11:58:12 AM Permalink

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brian mckinney

Posted on 2/12/13 3:16:01 PM Permalink

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crystal mcdonald

Posted on 12/30/12 9:01:27 PM Permalink

hey how has your studying been going? Im just starting out and im kind of nervous it seems like soo much to retain

Yasar Butt

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