Summer is coming and school will be out soon… But if you want to take the break as an opportunity to learn new skills, did you know that Adobe offers free full-year curriculums on print, web, and video design? The three extensive, project-based courses are downloadable to anyone for building career and communication expertise using industry-leading tools, although naturally you can go at your own speed. The programs include presentations, technical guides, project guidelines, reproducible student materials and select media assets, and each project builds on lessons learned previously. Time-saving new features in CS6 are highlighted within the 2,400+ pages of total content.
Adobe collaborated with a community of educators across the US and UK to develop the appropriate depth and breadth of each project. Additionally, Adobe co-developed the classes with the International Society of Technology Education (ISTE) to create standards-aligned, career-track, course materials that focus on the major fields below. They are recommended for use when preparing for Adobe certification (Adobe Certified Associate, or ACA).
The three extensive course offerings are:
- Visual Design: Foundations of Design and Print Production (641 pages)
- Digital Design: Foundations of Web Design (1088 pages)
- Digital Video: Foundations of Video Design and Production (681 pages)
Visual Design develops key digital skills such as design, communication, project management, and graphic and print technology. Students use Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended to develop images, InDesign CS6 to design and build layouts and print materials, and Illustrator CS6 to create vector-based graphics and illustrations to add interest. They use Adobe Acrobat Pro to review and improve content, produce print-ready materials, and develop a portfolio. The curriculum can be used in photography or graphic design education, or in broader career and technical education.
Digital Design develops important digital skills such as web design and production, project management, and web technology. Students use Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 to design and build websites, Fireworks CS6 to develop static and interactive graphics, and Flash Professional CS6 to apply design solutions requiring rich media and interactivity. Includes technical instruction on teaching HTML5 and CSS3, working with HTML5 video, designing and developing games and mobile applications, deploying to multiple screens, and utilizing web-hosted fonts. This curriculum can be used in web design education or in more general career and technical education.
The Digital Video curriculum develops knowledge in storytelling, capturing and editing video and audio, and finalizing content for DVD or web through emphasis on design, production, project management, and video technology. Students employ Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 to edit video, and Audition CS6 to create and edit audio. They use Adobe After Effects CS6 to enhance videos and add motion effects, Story CS6 to write scripts and prepare for video shoots, and Encore CS6 to produce content for a DVD. Use this curriculum in career and technical education courses — or any other course that involves the use of video.
Learn more about the free downloadable curriculums… There are CS5 and CS4 versions of the classes still available there as well. If you need any of the software to get started, just download the free Adobe trials.
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