Preparing students for an ever-changing working environment is no easy task. We believe students should be equipped with all the skills they need to succeed in their careers, and that encouraging digital skills has never been more important. That’s why we launched a dedicated award for students to showcase their digital competencies in incredible ways.

Entries are now closed and our winners have been revealed.
Keep your eyes peeled for the awards opening again later this year.

See the winners

Max Fosh explains the awards.

The competition.

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

The Digital Edge Awards winners are...

With hundreds of entries from a seriously wide range of subject areas, our judges saw best-in-class examples of digital literacy from all over the country. Find out who had the digital edge in 2022.

Brick Lane: An Immigration Story

Layla C

University of Edinburgh, Textile Design

Layla created a digital portfolio to summarise her final-year project. She crafted an engaging story to showcase her creative process, combining hand-drawn illustration, photography and texture using Creative Cloud.

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Kiran S. and team

Imperial College London, Design Engineering

Kiran's group project focused on finding a sustainable design solution for the events industry. With a 10-page limit, the team used Illustrator to bring their festival concept to life in an original and creative format.

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And the runners-up are…

Antibiotic Resistance

Georgia S

University of Birmingham,

Georgia reimagined an essay-style literature review and used Illustrator to turn it into an easy-to-understand infographic, full of original characters and icons.

Living Rooms Library

Harvey C

Loughborough University,

Harvey was tasked with creating an inclusive library space. He used Photoshop to create collages and renders that build atmosphere and provide deeper context.

Victorians Abroad

Saahia M

King's College London,

Saahia's assignment encouraged students to answer through a medium of their choice, so she chose to tell the story of Victorian tourism through beautiful digital art.

Datum Shifting Recorder

Sutida W

University College London,
Landscape Architecture

Sutida's project brought a complex architecture concept to life with InDesign, taking the theme of lines of sight and weaving that narrative into her report's design.

Overlook Zine

Sophie B

Nottingham Trent University,
Fashion Communication and Promotion

Sophie used InDesign and Photoshop to create a playful and highly original research project, taking a comedic approach to nostalgia and landing a hard-hitting message through design.

The Expedition

Sarah B

University of Huddersfield,

Sarah drew from her family history to develop a final year project filled with passion. She created a rich visual report and video with Creative Cloud, designed to educate and inspire her audience.

The judging criteria.

Our entrants’ hard work was judged by a professional panel of industry and Adobe experts.

Oliver Sidwell
Oliver Sidwell

Founder of RateMyPlacement & careers pro

Max Fosh
Max Fosh

Content guru & YouTube star

Mark Andrews
Mark Andrews

Academic expert & uni innovator

Drucilla Burrell
Drucilla Burrell

Creative professional & Adobe expert

Check out the key criteria your uni work will be marked against.

To keep things fair, submission will be judged against those with similar backgrounds. 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.

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Consistency with Digital Literacy theme




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What is digital literacy?

Digital literacy is the power to use digital tools to create innovative projects, enhance communication, and prepare students for the challenges of an evolving workplace. To become digitally literate, students must think critically, creatively solve problems, collaborate effectively, and communicate with impact. Students gain these soft skills as they gain digital skills.

Set your students apart.

Set your students apart.

Teaching students how to communicate complex ideas in a simple, creative, and impactful way will give students an edge.

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 – and they’re missing out because of it!

Future-proof your students.

Future-proof your students.

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

Look out for more information on the Adobe Digital Edge Awards 2023 later this year.