The University for the Creative Arts is a specialist art and design university in the south of England. The university was formed through the merger of the Kent Institute of Art & Design and Surrey Institute of Art & Design and was granted full University status in May 2008. Oscar-winning film makers, world-renowned fashion designers, television presenters, celebrity jewellers and Turner Prize nominees are just some of the high-profile graduates from the University for the Creative Arts.
The University uses Adobe’s software extensively throughout a large number of their courses. As part of an initial Pilot, they have decided to certify approx. 90 Graphic Design students with the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certifications in May 2015. On the basis that the Pilot is successful, the University plans to introduce the ACA certifications into a wider number of courses in September 2015.
Commenting on the Pilot, Jamie Dobson (Head of School, Communication Design, University of the Creative Arts) said: “We fully recognise that in order to use Adobe’s software properly, we need to learn the skills before we can apply them. The Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certifications, will enable us to do this, while at the same time, the qualification will give our students’ a very valuable employability skill.“
Craig Bewley (Director, Prodigy Learning) commented: “We are delighted that the University of the Creative Arts has decided to run this ACA Pilot with their students. I think everyone recognises the value of not only having good skills in Adobe’s software but also being able to prove it!”
About Adobe Certified Associate (ACA)
Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification demonstrates proficiency in Adobe’s digital communication tools. ACA is a prerequisite qualification that students need in order to succeed in the high demand areas of digital communication and media.