It was a delight to spend yesterday at the Adobe office in Sydney helping IC Central host eight young designers who were competing to represent Australia in the Adobe Certified Associate World Championship.
These students, from Western Australia, Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales, were competing for the opportunity to represent Australia in the ACA World Championship event to be held in Disneyland, California on 27th July.
The focus for this year’s Australian event was to produce branding and advertising for a new campaign by Melbourne based charity group YGAP, which stands for Y-Generation Against Poverty. Scott Duncan from YGAP spoke to the group of students at the start of the day about the work of YGAP and provided a brief for them to work through.
The students were provided with a computer loaded with Photoshop CC, InDesign CC & Illustrator CC, a Wacom tablet, the YGAP brief and lots of food. Five hours later their poster designs were sent to a local printer and judged by IC Central, last year’s winner Liz Watkins, YGAP and myself.
We all took a water taxi to the Banjo Paterson restaurant where the final judging took place and the winners announced.Each student came away with a new Wacom tablet, but here are the three finalists.
Third place – Olivia Shotton from Victoria
First place – and Australian representative for the ACA World Championship in Disneyland next month – Amy Robinson from Latrobe University, Victoria
The Adobe Certified Associate program covers a range of Adobe products and is internationally recognised by industry. The Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) recently approved the recognition of Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exams as credit for the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). If your students are using Adobe software and keen to be certified, they can also qualify to enter the National competition in 2015 when they pass an exam, please contact IC Central.