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The Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) World Championship is a global competition that identifies and honours the next generation of design professionals using Adobe software.

In 2018 one student will win the trip of a lifetime to represent the UK & Ireland at the final round of the Championship at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida in July.

This is the sixth year of the ACA World Championship which has already seen great participation from across the UK & Ireland.  In 2017 finalists from universities and colleges around the UK & Ireland competed at the ACA World Championship UK & Ireland Final at the Design Museum in London.  Tom Shave from University of Portsmouth was crowned 2017 UK & Ireland Champion and represented the region at the ACA World Championship Final in California.

ACA World Championship Prizes

The UK & Ireland Champion will win the trip of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida and the chance to compete for the World Championship (with a top prize $7,000 USD)!   Visit the ACA World Championship website for details.

Taking Part

To participate*, students must first take and pass a qualifying Adobe Certified Associate Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator exam in one of the two Qualifying Rounds to be eligible for invitation to the UK & Ireland Final.

  • First Qualifying Round (July 16, 2017 - December 22, 2017)
    5 students from around the UK & Ireland will be chosen using the "top-score method" (highest exam score and lowest exam-taking time) to qualify for the UK & Ireland Final in July 2018.
  • Second Qualifying Round (December 23, 2017 - May 30, 2018)
    10 students from around the UK & Ireland will be chosen using the "top-score method" (highest exam score and lowest exam-taking time) to qualify for the UK & Ireland Final in July 2018.  During the Second Qualifying Round, 5 Finalists will also be selected from academic institutions hosting Regional TestFests.

UK & Ireland Final (June 2018)

The UK & Ireland Final will bring together the 20 finalists (selected in the two Qualifying Rounds) in London in June 2018 to determine the UK & Ireland Champion.  The event will see finalists 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 UK & Ireland Champion will be determined based on an evaluation of the finalists work.  Read about the 2017 Final here.

*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, 2018).  UK & Ireland Champion must be available to travel to Orlando from London from July 29 to August 1, 2018. For full Terms and Conditions of local UK & Ireland competition please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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