Three Coventry University students (and maybe more) will be competing at the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) UK championship final, which takes place at the computer software firm’s UK HQ in Maidenhead on 10 June. Adobe produces a range of widely used professional software and design tools, including Photoshop, and Coventry University is an approved training centre for ACA certification.
The university has introduced dedicated Adobe modules in the last couple of years to help its students steal a competitive edge in the job market by gaining certification in industry standard software. Since launching, the classes have proved very popular with hundreds of students signing up to take advantage of the accreditation scheme, which the university works in partnership with Prodigy Learning and Adobe Education UK to deliver.
The university has just received a second award from Prodigy Learning as an Outstanding Centre of Excellence and it was here that the finalists honed their skills. Eight undergraduates in total from Coventry University – studying topics as diverse as civil engineering and photography – were amongst the highest scorers in Adobe’s nationwide challenge with three of the top performers going on to compete at the UK final in June.
The winner of the UK final will receive an all expenses paid trip to Texas to take part in the Adobe World Championships in August this year. If one of the three finalists from Coventry University emerges triumphant from the UK competition it will be the second time in two years that one of its students has made it all the way to the world championships.
Monkhouse (Lecturer in Graphic Design, Coventry University), helped
establish the university as an authorised Adobe training centre. She
said: “Our students have done brilliantly well to make it to the UK
finals. It’s a competition that draws a tough field of entrants from
across the country so our finalists should be proud that they’ve made it
“Hopefully one of them will go on to win the final and earn the right to compete in the world championships later this year but no matter what happens I’m sure they will all benefit from the experience and have learnt skills that will enhance their employability .“
Image: Pictured receiving the Outstanding Centre of Excellence Award (L-R): Joy Monkhouse (Lecturer in Graphic Design), Melissa Garner (Adobe UK Finalist); Ian Upton (Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Learning); Jonathan Shaw (Co-Director of Coventry University’s Disruptive Media Learning Lab); and Christopher Bevan-Greco (Adobe UK Finalist).
About Coventry University
Coventry University is a forward-looking modern university whose roots can be traced back to 1843 to the Coventry School of Design. With a proud tradition as a provider of high quality education and a focus on multidisciplinary research, the University has established a robust academic presence regionally, nationally and across the world.
About the Adobe Certified Associate World Championship
The Adobe Certified Associate World Championship is a global competition that identifies and honours the next generation of design professionals using Adobe software. The 2015 UK & Ireland Champion will win the trip of a lifetime (sponsored by Prodigy Learning) to represent the region and compete at the final round of the World Championship in Dallas, Texas.