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Interactive Design: Introduction

Curriculum Published 3/14/14 Last updated on 5/27/19
Interactive Design: Foundations of Animation and Interaction Design is a one-semester, project-based curriculum that teaches digital communication skills in the context of the professional animation and interaction design process, using Adobe web tools. Interactive Design develops four key skill areas:
  • Project management and collaboration
  • Design
  • Research and communication
  • Professional interactive media authoring tools
Students develop these key skills in a spiral—each project adds more challenging skills onto the foundation proficiencies.
Interactive 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.
  • Photoshop

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

  • Animate

    Design interactive vector animations for multiple platforms.

  • Illustrator

    Create beautiful vector art and illustrations.

Age Levels
Custom Standards
ACA Flash all objectives
Technology Operations and Concepts
Adobe Flash Professional CC
CC License
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Bethany Dutton

Posted on 11/19/15 12:55:49 PM Permalink

cool resource thanks really great

Deon Vosloo

Posted on 11/19/15 9:56:52 AM Permalink

These are wonderful resources, is it possible that we'll be able to get a similar workflow using EdgeAnimate instead of Flash?

Adobe Education

Posted on 11/23/15 4:35:34 PM Permalink

We are in the process of determining the need for an official Edge Animate curriculum, but we don't have any solid plans at the moment.

Barbara Glasener

Posted on 11/3/14 9:28:07 PM Permalink

I'm trying to use this with Flash CS5, so the example files won't open. Suggestions?

Adobe Education

Posted on 11/4/14 5:38:45 PM Permalink

Well, at the risk of stating the obvious, you could purchase Flash Professional CC. Alternatively, we do have Flash example files within the Digital Design CS5 curriculum, but they are used within a different context than they are here.

Mats Soderberg

Posted on 9/15/14 8:36:59 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing this

Caitlyn VanderMaas

Posted on 6/17/14 5:58:40 PM Permalink

Very well conceived and organized curriculum! Thank you for sharing this resource! I look forward to using parts of this as I venture into the area of interactive design with my students!

Manuel Moya

Posted on 4/1/14 5:54:34 PM Permalink

I would like to implement this course with my Digital Design 2 classes. Unfortunately, we don't have all the resources needed to accomplish this goal.