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Creative Coding Interdisciplinary Studies Program Summer 2023 July 4-Week - Amsterdam

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Creative Coding

Creative Coding Course Overview


CEA CAPA Partner Institution: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Primary Subject Area: Computer Sciences
Instruction in: English
Transcript Source: Partner Institution
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 50


Programming literacy has become an essential skill for the society we live in these days, and this is also important in arts because programming has become an artistic medium for exploring creativity. It allows people to express possibilities built on top of the computer's interactivity and multimedia features. In this course, we will explore the cutting edge of programming and visual arts by understanding the basics of programming for creative purposes.

The programming language that we will use during the course is Processing, but learning processing is just a side effect. The knowledge and skills acquired by the students during the course are transferable to other programming languages like Java or JavaScript.

Knowledge and understanding: at the end of the course, students will be familiar with basic programming concepts (e.g., variables, expressions, statements, loops, and functions) and creative coding concepts (e.g., shapes, color, interaction, typography, and 2D transformations)

Applying knowledge and understanding: Students will be able to reproduce existing visual ideas and express their own visual ideas in small to medium-sized programs.

Communication skills: Students will be able to read code written by others and write code such that others can easily understand it.

Learning skills: students will learn how to use programming as a medium for exploring their creativity and how to read technical documentation (e.g., programming language and library references).

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Use programming as a medium for exploring their creativity via computer programs.
- Read technical documentation (e.g., programming language and library references).

Students will be taught through 10 sessions in the afternoons. The sessions are hybrid, with a theoretical part and practical session. The assessment will be based on daily short assignments (20%) and final assignment (80%).

Contact hours listed under a course description may vary due to the combination of lecture-based and independent work required for each course. CEA CAPA's recommended credits are based on the contact hours assigned by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam): 15 contact hours equals 1 U.S. credit

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