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Digital Creativity: a Practical Guide

Digital creativity at York

A practical guide to getting digitally creative and using digital tools and technologies to explore work, ideas, and research.

Getting involved in digital creativity at York

Digital creativity is something that anybody can use, whether for work, research, fun, or interest. There are many activities and events at the University of York to help you explore digital creative skills and tools.

Digital Creativity in Library, Archives and Learning Services

Digital Creativity Week

Visitors at Digital Creativity Week 2022

Digital Creativity Week is an event run by Library, Archives and Learning Services at the University of York as a chance for students to come together to learn and develop digital skills and explore research data and library and archive material. The week has been run three times now and you can find out more on the Digital Creativity Week site.

Digital creativity training

On Wednesdays during the academic year, Digital Wednesdays training sessions run covering a range of themes, including digital creativity, coding, and doing research. These are open to all members of the University to sign up to and attend. There are also additional training sessions throughout the year which cover digital skills and tools. Take a look at the schedule for more information and to book your place.

Library Labs

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Within the Library we now have two creative labs - Creativity Lab (in collaboration with SIGN) and YorCreate (coming soon). Within these spaces you can play, experiment and build your skills in different digital creative technologies, such as 3D printing, game development and podcasting.

University Art Collection

The University has an art collection and there's lots of potential for digital creativity! See @ArtAtYork on Twitter and Instagram for inspiration and to see the work going on around the University Art Collection. You can also view the online Art Collection catalogue to see what the University has or explore the art on campus, particularly sculptures..

University activities and support

University research

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The University of York is a key institution within the field of digital creativities research, which falls under the 'Creativity' research theme. Departments across all faculties are involved in high-profile, funded creative projects. Researchers at York have expertise in a number of areas including VR, AR, XR, AI and ethics, gaming, sound, immersive storytelling and virtual production. 

Digital creativity newsletter - sign up

For the latest updates on York's digital creativity research and events, there's a quarterly newsletter you can sign up to. This is open to all - whether your a student or member or staff, at the University or external. You can find the sign up box on the digital creativities research page.

Building Research and Innovation Capacity (BRIC)

The BRIC team supports the University’s ambitions to create an inclusive research culture and develop research talent. Their aim is to equip all researchers with the skills, expertise, environment and culture in which they and their research can flourish. Throughout the year they deliver training and development opportunities including support in areas of digital creativity and the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Publishing your research

Take a look at the Library website for support on how to publish your research. The Open Research team is also available to help. 

You might also want to consider submitting to Digital Creativity which is a journal published quarterly by Taylor and Francis Online featuring articles about digital creativity across a range of fields. Areas covered have included research using or developing creativity tools, reviews of digital technology, philosophy, education and methods in digital creativity. Even if you don't submit to the journal, the articles are useful to look at and may inspire you.

Have we missed something?

If you have a digital creativity-related project yod like to share with us or have featured on this guide, please let us know!

You can contact the Digital Inclusion, Skills & Creativity (DISC) team by emailing itsupport@york.ac.uk and marking it for the attention of DISC.

You can also get in touch if you have any suggestions for this guide or would like to see any particular content or workshops in the future.

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