Digital Design CS5: Foundations of Web Design (full curriculum)
Digital Design develops four key skill areas:
- Project management and collaboration
- 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 CS5 objectives and the Adobe Certified Associate, Rich Media Communication with Flash CS5 objectives.