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Digital Design CS4: Foundations of Web Design (full curriculum)

Curriculum Published 9/16/10 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 CS4 objectives and the Adobe Certified Associate, Rich Media Communication with Flash CS4 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 CS4 Extended installed on all machines
- Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 installed on all machines
- Adobe Flash Professional CS4 installed on all machines
- Student technical guides

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Posted on 9/3/12 4:34:31 AM Permalink

@ Patrick - all of the worksheets are in the curriculum in each project. If you look at the guide list in each project you will see which worksheets are avialable and can go into that particular project and access the worksheets.


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Patrick Hogan

Posted on 8/31/12 5:49:30 PM Permalink

Great Stuff....where do I find the "worksheets for the activities"?

Adobe Education

Posted on 7/12/11 12:59:23 AM Permalink

It's free to download. If you are having problems downloading you can right-click and select save-as to your computer.


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janet conti

Posted on 7/9/11 1:42:24 AM Permalink

What is the cost?