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DIGITAL EDGE AWARDS.

The Adobe Digital Edge Awards celebrate game-changing student projects that use Creative Cloud to take uni work to the next level.

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The competition

Why should I enter?

Two top awards of £9,250 in cash
Six runners-up will win £1,000
A prestigious award for your CV

Whatever you’re studying, digital skills can make you and your coursework stand out, and those skills are what can help you land your dream grad job. Share a piece of uni work that showcases your digital literacy excellence, then sit back and imagine what that prize money will look like in your bank account – and how this prestigious award will look on your CV.

How it works.

This year, the Digital Edge Awards have two briefs – and two sets of prizes! We’re excited to see how every student uses Creative Cloud in their uni work. It doesn’t matter what course you’re studying!

Don’t worry if you’ve never used Creative Cloud before, the Digital Edge Awards are open to students from all backgrounds. To keep things fair, those studying art, design, and other creative courses – who are likely to be more familiar with these digital tools – will work to a different brief than those who are studying subjects less likely to work with Creative Cloud. This way, you’ll only be judged against those with a similar skillset.

Your brief.

Reimagine a written piece.

Why not turn a written essay into an engaging digital artefact? If you study a creative subject where you are asked to produce a written piece explaining your final artwork, we want you to reimagine the whole thing as a digital masterpiece using Creative Cloud.

You could turn your writing into a video essay, explainer video, infographic, podcast – or just let your creativity take you away. You may also submit an old essay – as long as you created it at uni.

Check out the T&Cs here.

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Your brief.

Showcase your digital literacy.

Creativity can flourish in any piece of work. No matter what you study, from maths to business to biology, you can blow your tutors away by using digital skills in your coursework. If you’ve produced a piece of work as part of a uni assignment that you think exemplifies digital literacy – and was made by you with Creative Cloud apps – submit it.

You can enter an existing piece of work from this academic year, or you can reimagine an old assignment specifically for the Digital Edge Awards.

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The judging criteria.

Your hard work will be judged by a professional panel of industry and Adobe experts.

This year’s judges will be revealed soon, but check out last year’s to get an idea of who could be looking at your work.

Max Fosh
Max Fosh

The content guru and YouTube star

Mark Andrews
Mark Andrews

The academic expert and Cambridge uni innovator

Taz Bhuiyan
Taz Bhuiyan

The creative pro and Adobe expert

Jessica White
Jessica White

The careers professional and regional Head of Social Impact at LinkedIn

Check out the key criteria entrants will be marked against.

Submissions will be judged on your ability to convey complex information to others in an easy-to-follow format. You should also make your work as engaging as possible for your audience.

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25%

Consistency with Digital Literacy theme

25%

Originality

25%

Overall quality

25%

Creativity

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What is digital literacy?

Digital literacy can be applied to anything you do. It’s the power to use digital tools to solve problems, create innovative projects, and enhance communications to prepare for the evolving workplace. These are skills every new graduate needs to demonstrate to prospective employers.

Set yourself apart.

Set yourself apart.

Showing how you can communicate complex ideas in a simple, creative and impactful way will give you an edge over your peers.

Fill the skills gap.

Fill the skills gap.

Creative problem-solving and the ability to collaborate effectively with others are soft skills many current graduates are lacking. They’re missing out because of it - so make sure you don’t!

Future-proof yourself.

Future-proof yourself.

With AI and automation predicted to replace around 80% of today’s jobs by 2037, you need to make sure you can do the things computers can’t – articulate ideas and be creative.

Check out last year's winners.

With over 600 student entries from 83% of UK universities, the judges saw best-in-class examples of digital literacy from all over the country. From infographics to explainer videos, find out who had the digital edge.

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Efficiency in Architecture - Algorithmic Design

Tom Ushakov

University College London | Architecture

Tom’s task was to produce a 50-page document about the building he had been designing throughout the year. By opting for a graphic novel style, Tom used Illustrator and InDesign to create an engaging architectural report that invites the reader to really interact with the document.

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Patagonia's Brand Equity Analysis

Sarunporn Dejsuvan

Imperial College | MSc Strategic Marketing

Sarunporn’s task was to discuss and analyse a brand’s equity. This project uses Illustrator and After Effects to explore key concepts and models taught throughout her Brand Strategy module.

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The Magstripe Card

Eugenie Cartron

University College London | Innovation, Public Policy and Public Value

Eugenie’s task was to present the emergence of a recent technology and describe its life trajectory while reflecting on the innovation process. The final outcome is a well-designed piece of coursework that uses multiple Creative Cloud apps to communicate effectively.

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How can I get Adobe Creative Cloud?

Ask your tutor.

Many universities already provide Creative Cloud to students, so check with your tutor to see if you already have access as part of your course.

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