ACA Championship

UK & Ireland Virtual Final 2020

UPDATE – 2020 ACA UK & IE VIRTUAL FINAL

Due to the difficulties resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the current travel and large group event restrictions, Prodigy Learning is sad to announce the cancellation of the 2020 ACA  ‘in Person, live’ Championship event.

However, all is not lost! We are delighted to announce that we will still be looking to crown the ACA UK & Ireland Champion this June but via a virtual final!! This will take place during the last week of June and will feature as part of our annual CertMatters.Live celebration.

Please see full championship details for 2020 below:

The Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) World Championship is a global competition that tests students’ skills on Adobe Creative Cloud applications, operated and sponsored in the UK and Ireland by Prodigy Learning. 

The ACA UK & Ireland Championship has always been a special event for Prodigy Learning, student competitors, their families and educators. However, the health and safety of everyone is our biggest priority during this uncertain time. We are excited to continue this annual tradition as an online event.

Taking Part in the UK & Ireland ACA Championships

To participate, eligible students* must first take, and pass, a qualifying Adobe Certified Associate Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator exam before 29th May 2020. 

24th June – ACA UK & IE Championship Virtual Final Day 

1000’s of students across the UK & Ireland will enter, only the top 20 students will secure a place from the entry rounds below and be invited to the ACA UK & Ireland Championship Virtual Final day on 24th June. Finalists will compete in a design challenge where they will be given instructions, project requirements and assets to complete a real-world design challenge for a non-profit client using Adobe Creative Cloud software. 

Students will join the charity on a live call to receive the design brief before being given an allocated period of time to complete their design. Submissions will need to be made strictly by the deadline at which point a panel of industry experts will begin judging the designs. The UK & Ireland winner will be announced during a ‘Live’ Online awards ceremony on the 24th June at 16:00pm BST. 

The prize for the 2020 ACA Champion will be the trip of a lifetime to represent the UK & Ireland at the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) World Championships in the USA in August 2021!!*

*Unfortunately, due to the current travel bans, the World Championships in California have been postponed until 2021. Finals and arrangements are to be confirmed.

Entry Rounds

Round One – Sept 1st to Dec 20th, 2019

  •  5 students from across the UK & Ireland secure place in Virtual Final, 24th June.

Round Two – Jan 6th – May 29th, 2020

  • 10 students from across the UK & Ireland secure place in Virtual Final, 24th June.
  • 5 students selected from academic institution Test Fest’s secure place in Virtual Final, 24th June.

Real life Non-Profit Client – Design project

20 finalists will be invited to the ACA UK & Ireland Championship Virtual Final 2020. Finalists will compete in a design challenge where they will be given instructions, project requirements and assets to complete a real-world design challenge using Adobe Creative Cloud software. The ACA UK & Ireland Champion will be determined based on an evaluation of the finalist’s work. Our 2019 Charity Partner, Ambionics were blown away by the talent of the young designers who nailed the design brief.

2019 UK & Ireland ACA Champion

William Core, Coventry University ACA student is our current 2019 UK & Ireland ACA Champion. He won the trip of a lifetime to fly to NEW YORK where he competed in the ACA World Championship.

Take a look at William Core’s Winning Design 2019

Official ACA World Championship Rules – see acachampionship.com

*Terms and Conditions apply. To compete in the final round of the Championship, students must be enrolled in an approved, accredited learning institution and be 13 to 22 years of age (as of June 15, 2020). UK & Ireland Champions must be available to travel to the USA from London / Sydney in specified ACA World Championship Final 2021 dates.

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