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Digital Design

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5 weeks
50 USD
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Self-paced Online
5 weeks
50 USD
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Course description

Digital Design

Digital Design is about designing in digital space so the created content can be displayed and seen on a digital device. With the availability of high computing power, designers can quickly create designs in digital space before actual deployment.

In this online course, you will learn the fundamental concepts of a wide variety of digital design technology and you will have the opportunity to create your own digital designs and animate them as well. The course focuses on creating 3D objects using a computer-aided design package, creating real-life physical simulations, and then combining the two techniques to create rendered animations. It will also introduce virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications.

This course allows you to get hands-on experience with different design tools so that the various outputs can be combined in a systematic way. So get started to experience this excitement of creating your own designs now whether it be for continuing education or as a hobby.

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  • Self-paced Online
  • Online
  • English

Who should attend?


Secondary school (high school) algebra; basic programming concepts

Training content

Week 1: Computer-Aided Design

Fundamentals of computer-aided design. Developing 3D digital models of various shapes.

Week 2: Computer Animation Basics

Rigging a 3D model and creating simple computer animations using keyframing and particle systems.

Week 3: Color Theory

Matching colors for specific applications. Using Processing software to generate physical simulations of moving objects.

Week 4: Rendering

Setting up a virtual scene with different 3D geometries, material properties, and lighting conditions.

Week 5: Mixed Reality

Virtual reality, augmented reality, augmented virtuality, and mixed reality.

Course delivery details

This course is offered through The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a partner institute of EdX.

5-6 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$50
  • Audit Track - Free

Certification / Credits

What you'll learn

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • perform physical simulations of real-life situations that are expressed mathematically
  • manipulate and animate static people so that they have realistic motions
  • make digitized people interact with 3D objects
  • apply your skills in a wide variety of applications such as manufacturing, robotics, movies, games, toys, and many others

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