Adobe Generation Is Back! 5 New Courses To Hone Your Creative Skills

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November 12, 2013

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Following the huge success of Adobe Generation last year, we’re excited to announce that it’s back for the 2013/14 academic year – and it’s even bigger than before. We’re rolling out five new free online courses for up to 50,000 students (aged 14-19) and teachers across the country, adding Video Production and Apps Design courses to the Photo Imaging, Animation and Games Design sessions that we offered last year.

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We know from our own research that there is growing demand from employers for so called ‘new creatives’ – they want a multi skilled workforce. By introducing the extra courses to Adobe Generation, we hope to support industry in creating this new workforce, and young people themselves in becoming multi-skilled, by giving them the opportunity to develop a wider range of digital design skills.

Adobe Generation is a great resource for anyone looking to expand their creative skills. Each of the five courses on offer will run over a five week period, with one live session taking place over Adobe Connect every Tuesday. During each weekly session, we, together with experts from each field, will be teaching a different creative discipline – for example, how to plot a story line of a game, or cut and edit a video into a final narrative sequence. We then set weekly tasks for students to do in between sessions so they can put those skills into practice, using a free trial of Adobe Creative Cloud.

In addition to learning practical skills, students will also be able to explore different creative careers firsthand through the help of our industry experts. This year we’ve got a raft of fantastic people lined up, including world class fashion photographer Kevin Foord and national newspaper Photo Editor Jason Brake, who will lead each session and share their own experiences of working in their chosen profession.

On completion of the course, students will be given an Adobe certificate to validate their skills and bolster their portfolio ahead of applying for university or a job. They will also be encouraged to continue their learning through the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) – our national qualification validating entry-level skills in digital communications using Adobe tools.

Details of the new set of courses are as follows…

  • Photo Imaging – runs each Tuesday from 19th November –  17th December at 7- 8:30pm
  • Animation – runs each Tuesday from 7th January – 4th February  at 7- 8:30pm
  • Video – runs each Tuesday from 25th February – 25th March at 7- 8:30pm
  • Games Design –runs each Tuesday from 29th April – 27th May at 7- 8:30pm
  • App Design – runs each Tuesday from 10th June – 8th July at 7- 8:30pm

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today at www.adobegeneration.com and follow all the latest #AdobeGen updates on Twitter.

Students Get Creative at Campuses Across the UK

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October 23, 2013

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This month the Adobe Education team has been travelling the nation, visiting students and educators across the United Kingdom to spread the word and help inspire creativity in education. Many students, educators and creative professionals attended the biggest UK Campus Tour yet, across seven different venues.  They were treated to exclusive insider information and content from Adobe’s Creative Cloud as well as tips and tricks on how to advance their creative work.

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The Campus Tour was attended by students, teachers and lecturers, as well as local professionals with an interest in learning more about Creative Cloud. Our experts included Pro Video Evangelist for Education Michael O’Neill and Senior Solutions Consultant Iona Walters, and their stunning demonstrations gave attendees a brilliant insight into the power of Creative Cloud.

Jamie Eason is the Digital Resources Manager for the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee. Having recently signed an agreement with Adobe to give Duncan of Jordanstone full access to Creative Cloud, Jamie believed the Campus Tour was an “ideal way to show everyone what this new software can do.” He continued “Adobe is helping to train the next wave of creative graduates, and we’re delighted to be working with such a passionate, forward-thinking multinational company.”

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Salford University’s Academic Director Andrew Cooper was also thrilled with the Campus Tour visit to their campus in Media City UK. He said that their partnership with Adobe “exemplifies their trans-disciplinary work with industry”, and  ”the opportunity for students and staff to mix with industry experts from Adobe was not to be missed”. He continued; “Events like this are crucial to our development of next generation talent across the spectrum of creative media and digital technologies, and they play a key role in our contribution to the innovative eco-system that has been rapidly established at MediaCityUK.’

The aim and vision with this series of Adobe Campus Tour events was to empower students and educators with information, tips and skills so they can use our creative tools more effectively and efficiently to advance their creative ideas.

Video Evangelist Michael added that he had met “so many amazingly talented students” during the Campus Tour, and that “their passion for design and desire to learn was incredibly inspiring.” He added, “The Campus Tour was a brilliant way to meet the next generation of creative professionals face-to-face, and to find out what it is they need and want from their tools.”

If you want to see more from the Adobe Campus Tours then check out our Facebook albums from the events. We are also delighted to announce that after the huge success of this year’s Campus Tour it will be back bigger and better than ever in 2014. If you think your university or college deserves a visit from the Adobe team then apply here.

Zuko Leonard Rabotapi, Marketing Manager, United Kingdom, Sub Saharan Africa & Israel

Digital Campus 2013 Report: Universities falling short of student expectations

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May 16, 2013

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Hot off the press! We’ve just released our Digital Campus 2013 report, which reveals that universities still have a way to go in making students feel they are getting value for money following the tuition fees rise.

Specifically, students from this year’s intake are pinpointing the provision of suitable libraries and technology as the main areas needing improvement, with two-thirds (63%) saying they expected to have access to more support facilities and services than they are actually getting.

Despite the fact that 96% of students said the number one reason they chose to go to university was to increase their chances of getting a job when they graduate, only a third (33%) think their university will help them do this now.

As a result, we are calling on Vice Chancellors to review their ICT strategies to help live up to their student’s digital demands.  Click on the infographic below to view all the key findings in detail:

For more information on how Adobe can help institutions live up to student demands visit www.adobe.com/uk/education.

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Adobe Generation: What can your students achieve?

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November 07, 2012

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We’re almost half way through our Adobe Generation courses, and I have to say the student work has been fabulous so far. We’ll be adding a selection to the Adobe Students UK Facebook page over the next few weeks, but in the meantime I wanted to tell you about an inspiring young lady who won the pilot Games Design course this summer.

Lydia Odai (18) signed up to expand her digital skills before she started her University degree in September. She had no previous games design experience, yet produced a stunning game called ‘Falling from the Sky’ after just nine hours of teaching time – it just goes to show what can be achieved even in a short amount of time. Over 1,000 students took part in the pilot, but Lydia’s game outshone them all.

Here’s what Lydia had to say about Adobe Generation…
“I’ve always been interested in gaming, so was excited to sign up to the Adobe Generation Games Design course and learn more about the creative skills I’d need to succeed in the industry. I didn’t have any games design experience when I signed up, but the courses were easy to follow so before I knew it, I was learning complex skills such as coding. Being taught by people from industry really helped, as they gave us a firsthand perspective on what it’s like to work in gaming. I’ve just started a BA in Computer Visualisation & Animation at Bournemouth University so hope to build on the skills I acquired through Adobe Generation. Plus the course convinced me that my decision to go in the creative industries was the right one. I’d recommend that anyone interested in learning new digital skills, signs up.”
You can play Lydia’s game for yourselves by clicking here. Plus there’s still time for you and your students to sign up to the current Adobe Generation courses we’re running in Games Design, Photo Imaging and Animation – visit www.adobegeneration.com for more info!

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