Adobe Generation returns: Free online digital design courses for 14-19 year olds

Adobe has announces the return of its free Generation online courses for 14-19 year olds aimed at developing creative and digital design skills in young people.

The course are designed for use in and out of the classroom by students, as well as teachers who wish to get up to speed with the software in order to help students with digital learning. The programme will kick off on 19 November, lasting through till July 2014.

Last year's courses have been added to, with video production and app design joining the existing portfolio of photo imaging, games design and animation.

Each course runs over a five week period, with one live online session taking place every week over Adobe's Connect conferencing service on a Tuesday at 7pm.

Students will be taught a different aspect of their chosen discipline each week and will be set tasks to help them put those skills into practice via a free trial of Adobe Creative Cloud, with the best work each week being awarded a prize.

Students will also have access to recordings of each weekly session so they can catch-up if they missed it live.

In addition to learning key creative skills, each week, industry experts including fashion photographer Kevin Foord and Daily Mail picture editor Jason Brake, will lead the course and share their own experiences of what it is like to work in their chosen field, as well as provide advice.

Students who complete the courses will be given an Adobe certificate to help validate their skills and bolster their portfolio ahead of applying for university or a job.

They will also be encouraged to continue their learning and move towards Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) - a national qualification validating entry-level skills in digital communications using Adobe tools.

"Employers are increasingly looking for multi-skilled creatives, and we are confident that the new, expanded set of Adobe Generation courses will support young people in becoming that," said Mark A' Bear, Education Manager at Adobe UK.

"Adobe Generation was a great success last year. Students that took part told us that the courses not only helped to boost their confidence and digital skills, but many also used the portfolio of work they created to apply for a job or a place at university.

"Likewise, almost a quarter of people who took part last year were teachers looking to develop their own digital skills for professional development and use in the classroom."