A test of their design skills

Acestar employees with Wan (standing, third from left), Sit (standing, fourth from left) and Acestar corporate account manager Benjamin Yeoh (right) in the hall of ConnexionNexus, Nexus Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur.

The Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) World Championship aims to identify the next generation of design professionals.

The competition is presented by Certiport and tests students’ design skills using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

The ACA Championship Malaysia 2017 is organised by Acestar Sdn Bhd and the company’s founder and chief executive officer Natalie Sit said it gives design students an ideal platform to display their skills.

“ACA Championship is a bridge which connects the local education sector with the creative industry.

“Some students experience a culture shock when they enter the creative industry and this competition helps prepare them for the working world.

“It also aims to make them work ready through ACA certification,” she added at the launch of the competition at the Connexion Conference & Event Center, Bangsar South City.

Last year, about 400 students from 32 institutions participated in the national competition and the Malaysian representative won a silver medal in the world championship in the United States.

“I am proud that Malaysian talent did so well against 230,000 competitors from over 60 countries,” said Sit.

More than 800 students are expected to join the national competition this year.

Certiport vice-president (Asia) Moses Wan said the competition would give youths an opportunity to be exposed to the real working environment.

“In the real world, a designer has to produce work based on a client’s specification.For the competition this year, we are working with a non-governmental organisation.

“The competition is not just to test a student’s competency and capability to use Adobe tools but also how well they meet the client’s objective,” he added.

Tunku Abdul Rahman University College student Ng Hwa He, who won the national competition and took second place in the ACA World championship, said he was proud to have brought honour to the country.

“The task required us to fulfil the client’s brief and we were only given eight hours,” he said.

The 2017 ACA World Championship will be held in Anaheim, California in the United States from July 30 to Aug 2.

The competition is open to those between the ages of 13 and 22 with a valid student ID.

The closing date for registration is March 20. For details, go to www.acachampionship.my

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