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Online Course

Digital Design

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via edX

  • Provider edX
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate $50 Certificate Available
  • Effort 5-6 hours a week
  • Duration 5 weeks long
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Digital Design is about designing in digital space so that the created contents can be displayed and seen on a digital device. With the availability of high computing power, designers are able to quickly create designs in digital space prior to actual deployment.

In this 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 the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications.

This course allows you to get hands-on experience on 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.


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 key framing 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.

Taught by

Ravindra Goonetilleke and Sai-Kit Yeung

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Anonymous completed this course.
I really enjoyed the online course. I thought it was well planned and layed out, easy for me to follow. The work load(h.w. & test)was just enough, so i could finish everything with enough time, learn about the topics and not feel over loaded and rushed. Overall I really like this class because all...
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I am currently doing the course and its been wonderful. I am enjoying myself studying these interesting topics while learning cool techniques
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Anonymous completed this course.
Some parts of the course were very challenging for me, but I have really enjoyed the course and I like the result. I have learned a couple of useful programs, and I understand better now how people create video games, animations, AR, VR etc. The only problem was, that I could not navigate from the main menu to every lab, I have almost oversaw a couple of labs! I could see the labs only if I pressed the button "next" being in the previous part. Apart from that it is a very good course!
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Roxanne completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I enjoyed this online course. It was well-organized and it is easy for me to follow the lectures.

Digital Design provides employees with a better understanding of the extent of their achievements, areas of work and communities (self-assessment). It gives them more control over their professional lives. Employees can easily find completed work or the groups to which they belong.
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