Students Staff

Digital Arts Festival


What the day involves

Bring your year 10 and 11 students to our Colchester campus to experience a day of fun and interactive workshops, activities
and exhibits designed to explore the digital, creative and cultural arts.

Watch your students discover their inner artist as they learn about the different study options and careers that are driving these creative industries forward.

Search for #digitalartsessex on Twitter for more announcements.

Who, when and where

  • Tuesday 2 April 2019
  • University of Essex, Colchester Campus
  • Open to year 10 and 11 students

Digital Arts Festival Competition

Our GIF creation competition is back by popular demand! Whether you’re a teacher, student, or a member of the university – we want to see your creations. Find full details of how to enter below, and remember, your GIF needs to embody the true essence of ‘digital art.’

  • How to enter the GIF competition

    Creating these little pieces of artwork will take you around 10-15 minutes, and can be done before or during the Digital Arts Festival.

    These easy to follow instructions should explain how everybody can take part, but if there are any questions, please feel free to contact us for more information. If you’d like to enter on the event day, then come and find our stall in the ‘Multisensory Experience Zone’.

    How to enter:

    1. Open a GIPHY account using
    2. Click ‘create’ to start your own masterpiece
    3. Choose a photo, GIF, your own video or your favourite video from YouTube – Extra points if your GIF relates to our ‘challenge your reality’ theme
    4. Go wild with editing – use stickers, filters, text, change the speeds – make it unique
    5. Once you’re happy with your GIF, click ‘continue to upload’
    6. Make sure it’s public then click ‘upload to GIPHY’
    7. Your GIF is now complete!
    8. To enter into the competition, copy the ‘Short Link’ and send it to, we’ll share these on our social media pages and all entries will be projected across campus on the Digital Arts Festival day!

How to book

Bookings have now closed for this year’s Digital Arts Festival.


If your business or organisation would like to run a workshop or present in our interactive marketplace, please book here or email for further information.

Digital Arts Festival 2018

Watch The Digital Arts Festival 2018 highlights on Vimeo

Student/teacher testimonials

"Well organised, Interactive, thought provoking – we enjoyed the day!"
"I got to experience new activities that I wouldn’t at school."
"The experience was great – I would recommend it!"

Exhibitor testimonials

Great facilities, liked the workshop offer, good support from the staff/ambassadors."
"Very well organised and a really positive vibe throughout."
"Well-structured event with some very interesting young people."

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