About DEL

The Digitally Engaged Learning (DEL) conference has been running annually since 2005, supported by an international partnership of art and design institutions of higher education. Currently the DEL chairs and organizing committee are from Parsons-The New School, Teaching, Learning and Employability Exchange at University of the Arts London (UAL), Texas State University, Pennsylvania State University and Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong.

DEL is an international conference exploring and evolving digitally engaged teaching and learning in art and design Higher Education. By ‘digitally engaged’, we are referring to practices that are actively with, about or located in digital tools and spaces. DEL is a place for creative and critical making, where you will find objects, artefacts, experimental technologies and performances alongside presentations and workshops.

DEL engages important intersections to art and design education as the digital pervades almost all aspects of our practice and increasingly influences the creative, social and political aspects of teaching and learning. DEL increases the confidence of art and design educators to incorporate digital technologies and network communications into the curriculum in Innovative ways that impact the future of our students.

DEL is a small-scale, friendly conference that creates a critical and reflective space at the intersection of creative disciplines in higher education, teaching, learning and digital technologies. The conference provides opportunities to test, share and discuss emerging forms of pedagogy, art and design practice, and research. The strength of DEL in recent years has been its ability to intersect research, making, teaching, and virtual and physical aspects of creative higher education.

Conference chairs

DEL 2021 conference host

Hong Kong Baptist University, online from Hong Kong
24 - 25 September, 2021
Registration is free of charge.

Previous host institutions

  • Parsons, New School (2020, 2016)
  • Texas State University (2019, 2014)
  • York University (2018)
  • University of the Arts London (2017, 2015, 2012, 2007, 2005)
  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington (2013)
  • Aalto University (2011)
  • Savannah College of Art and Design (2010)

International representation

We have welcomed speakers and attendees from institutions across Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States.

  • Auckland University of Technology
  • ArtCenter College of Design
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Goldsmiths University of London
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Köln International School of Design
  • Michigan State University
  • OCAD University
  • Parsons, The New School
  • Royal College of Art
  • Texas State University
  • The Open University
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  • UnB Universidade de Brasília
  • University of the Arts London
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Yale University
  • York University

Contact us

For any information regarding the Digitally Engaged Learning conference, please contact Hannah at delconference@arts.ac.uk