Students Staff

Digital Arts Festival


What the day involves

Bring your year 10 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. This year’s theme is ‘engaging the senses’ so get ready for an action-packed multi-sensory adventure!

Your students will also be able to discover the different studying options and careers available and see how technology is driving these creative industries forward.

Who, when and where

  • Thursday 28 June 2018
  • University of Essex, Colchester Campus
  • Open to year 10 students
  • Schools can bring a maximum of 30 students to the event

Further information

Search for #digitalartsessex on Twitter for more announcements.

Digital Arts Festival Competition

As part of the Digital Arts Festival, we will be running a GIF creation competition that we would love all students and staff to take part in. These GIFs will embody the true essence of ‘digital art’ and ‘engaging the senses’ and there will be some very exciting prizes for the best original GIFs.

  • How to enter the GIF competition

    Creating these little pieces of artwork will take you around 10-15 minutes, and will need to be shared on social media prior to the event so that we can pick the winners.

    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.

    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 ‘engaging the senses’ 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!

    Examples of our favourite ‘engaging the senses’ GIFs:

    And our very own University of Essex GIF featuring Campus Cat, Pebbles.

How to book

Some schools may be eligible for a transport bursary. Upon confirmation of booking we will let you know if your school is eligible to reclaim some costs associated with attending the event.


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 2017

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!"

2017 event photos

Digital, Creative and Cultural Festival 2017

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."
"We will be hosting the Digital, Creative and Cultural Festival 2018 in June next year - we hope to see you there!"

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