City of Cambridge partners with Conestoga design students to create a new light show at Old Post Office

Posted on Friday November 06, 2020

A special digital projection show featuring student content developed by Conestoga College’s School of Creative Industries is now showing at the Old Post Office.

The development of this show was built into Conestoga’s program curriculum for the Graphic Design Advanced Diploma’s Fall 2019 class. The project presented students with the opportunity to engage with a real-life client and employ the design process while learning concepts involved with motion design and light projection. Each student was tasked with designing a 30-second animation piece which have all been stitched together to create the show.

“The Old Post Office was envisioned as a community hub with an emphasis on technology and innovation,” said Mayor Kathryn McGarry. “This partnership furthers that vision. We were thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity for local students to gain real-world experience in their field while creating something special that the whole community can enjoy. Congratulations to the class. I am so impressed with their creativity.”

Originally scheduled to play in March 2020, the light show was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rescheduled to November. The show will run Thursdays to Sundays, 7 – 9 p.m. until the November 15. Those who miss the show or want to re-watch the experience will be able to watch a virtual performance of the light show on the City’s YouTube channel beginning this weekend.

“Providing opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and participate in real world, work-integrated learning experiences is essential to polytechnic education,” said Conestoga President John Tibbits. “We greatly appreciate the support and partnership of the City of Cambridge in our efforts to help students build the skills and knowledge for successful futures.”

The community is reminded that pandemic guidelines are still in effect and that gathering limits apply. There will be multiple opportunities to watch the show, so we encourage returning at a different time or day if needed to limit numbers. Residents may also wish to view the show from their cars in the Water St. parking lot.

For the light show schedule, visit


Conestoga’s Graphic Design advanced diploma program is recognized among Ontario’s top design programs. The program’s collaborative, project-based learning approach addresses design, digital content creation, creative problem-solving, mechanical, technical and enhanced interpersonal skills development. Field placements and work-integrated learning opportunities with real-world clients prepare graduates for success in a broad range of design-related careers and environments.

Primary Media Contacts:

Erin Haase
Communications Advisor
City of Cambridge

Brenda Cassidy
Director, Corporate Communications & Government Relations
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning