CQUniversity has teamed up with Adobe to present the CQU Digital Media Adobe Awards to 10 well-deserving Bachelor of Digital Media students, including Bundaberg local Sara Jackson.
Adobe has generously sponsored this award program by providing 10 free Creative Cloud licences for 12 months, with a value of over $9000.
The prizes were awarded to the 10 students who had completed between 48 and 96 credit points (between 8 and 16 units), and who had attained the highest grade point average in that cohort.
The winning students were excited by their prizes and proud to have their achievements recognised in this way.
Sara Jackson, who is currently in her second year of study at CQUniversity’s Bundaberg campus, said she didn’t even know awards like this existed.
“I have always just tried my hardest to get the best grades I could to get a great job in an industry I will enjoy once I graduate,” she said.
“I’m hoping this award will further help me achieve that goal.
“It is nice to know that your work is considered of such a high standard, that you’re doing well in the course. It’s a nice little morale booster, something to keep you going, to let you know that yes, you can actually do this, you can actually achieve your goal with this degree, whatever it may be.”
Sara said a career in game design or development would be incredible.
“Ultimately, I just love to create and write/tell stories,” she said.
Third year Bundaberg student Jeanette Perry said that receiving this Adobe award vindicates her hard work and is a great help financially.
“I'm a mother of three boys. I have two part-time jobs and juggle my study commitments in my spare time, so receiving this Adobe award is a wonderful surprise.
“This is a very practical reward that is much appreciated.” she said.
Jeanette would ultimately like to use her Adobe knowledge to work as a graphic designer and/or video production editor.
Associate Professor Steven Pace said the Digital Media staff and students appreciated the support that Adobe provided.
“Their partnership goes beyond providing great software products, online resources and sponsorship of awards like this.
“Adobe representatives Jerry Wong and Tim Kitchen have regular check-in meetings with CQUni Digital Media staff.
“They and their associates have run professional development sessions for us in-person and online, and they regularly conduct free online tutorials for students, staff and the wider CQUniversity community.”