Free Online Course on Creative Coding At Monash University

Free Online Course on Creative Coding At Monash University

Monash University is offering free online course on Creative Coding. Throughout the course university will help you develop practical programming concepts and skills by exploring creative ideas and challenges.

In this six-week course, applicants will use computer programming as a creative discipline to generate sounds, images, animations and more, with this free online course. The course will start on August 1, 2016.

Course At A Glance

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 6 hours pw
Subject: Creative Coding
Institution: Monash University and FutureLearn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Starts on August 1, 2016

Providers’ Details

Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities ranked in the world’s top 1% (Times Higher Education World University Rankings). Monash University was established in Melbourne, Australia in 1958. In little more than 50 years, the University has become Australia’s largest university, earning an enviable national and international reputation for research and teaching excellence. Monash University is the youngest member of the Group of Eight, the coalition of Australia’s most prestigious research-intensive universities.

About This Course

Learning to program is no longer just for computer specialists and software developers. People from many different backgrounds now want to understand the basics of programming, because it’s both fun and an increasingly valuable skill.

One of the most exciting ways to learn programming is through authoring your own creative programs. Known as “creative coding,” this growing field uses computer software as a medium to develop original creative expression.

So if you’re an artist, designer, architect or musician who’s interested in how you can expand your creative skills, or even a computer programmer looking to work in creative applications, you will find this free online course extremely useful.

Why Take This Course?

The course is very different from technical courses on programming. University will place creative programming in context through discussion about some of the most interesting questions raised by computer-generated art, such as:

  • Can a computer be independently creative?
  • Who is the author of a work of computer art: the programmer or the program?
  • How is our understanding of art and creativity changed by technology?
  • Does the computer bring anything that is really new to art?

If you’ve ever wondered about these questions or wanted to learn how to program a computer for creative purposes, then this course is for you.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the course, University will help you develop practical programming concepts and skills by exploring creative ideas and challenges. University will be looking at the history and philosophy behind artistic uses of technology, so you can gain a greater understanding of how best to express your own creative vision using the software you write.

Instructors

Jon McCormack

Jon McCormack is a researcher in computing and an internationally acclaimed electronic media artist. He is currently a research fellow in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University.

Mark Guglielmetti

Mark Guglielmetti is a researcher, academic and media artist. He currently lectures in Digital Art and Communication Design at Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA) at Monash University.

Requirements

No prior knowledge of programming is necessary, but having an interest or background in any creative area would be beneficial. It is assumed that you have basic computer skills (including how to download software applications) and basic knowledge of files, directories, images and movies. The course involves programming using the Processing environment, so you will need access to a computer that you can download and install this software on.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, you will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, you will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on your My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that you’ve completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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