Introduction to Coding for Artists & Creatives

Improve your digital fluency by learning the fundamentals of coding, learn to originate new experiences and encounters with digital technologies and start to innovate with software

Digital fluency is now a vital skill for any creative practitioner, even more valuable is the ability to originate new experiences and encounters with digital technologies. Only by understanding the foundational structures and logic of code can we truly start to innovate with software.

Anyone who would like to understand code would benefit from this course. The visual focus of the course makes coding easy to understand, and fun to learn, but the science underpinning it is the same for almost all programming languages. The course is as relevant to a designer or animator, as it is to anyone else who wishes to grasp the fundamentals of coding.

Learning how to program is arguably now a core skill, yet there is an acknowledged skill shortage in the UK, and with it a lack of understanding which holds back employers and employees from meeting their full potential. Regardless of our professional roles, we are all affected by algorithms and software. Anyone who is curious and open minded can benefit from understanding how computer software works, and benefit from learning how to create it themselves.

Using the programming language Processing (a version of Java modified for artists) and C#, this course provides participants with the tools they need to apply programming to their own creative practice. It encourages a practical and visual engagement with computer programming.

Workshops and participant-led discussions will encourage and enhance critical awareness of the issues surrounding computer art and design, culminating in the design and development of participants’ own projects, games and artworks. Each session will involve a coding laboratory, which participants will get feedback on, enabling them to progress towards completing a mini-project of their own devising.

Dates:  20–24 August 2018

Duration:  1 week

Location: Royal College of Art, Kensington

Fee: £1,250

What will I learn?

You will return to your workplace or practice with a greater ability to understand programming and computational processes.

You will gain critical and creative insights in relation to digital technologies and coding.

Having completed this course successfully, a participant will be able to:

  • research, design and develop their own original programs using professional techniques and software
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the fundamentals of program design and implementation, including interaction and image manipulation
  • place the software they create within a cultural and theoretical context, based upon a critical appraisal of the relevant body of knowledge
  • consider and reflect upon issues relevant to their own professional and creative practice in programming for artists.

How will I learn?

The sessions will use differentiated learning within the context of 5 x 6-hour workshops, including:

  • short  lectures (on methods, tools and processes)
  • group and individual exercises
  • coding labs
  • 30-minute homework tasks and participant presentations.

Who should attend?

Anyone who would like to understand code would benefit from this course. The visual focus of the course makes coding easy to understand, and fun to learn, but the science underpinning it is the same for almost all programming languages. The course is as relevant to a designer or animator, as it is to anyone else who wishes to grasp the fundamentals of coding.

  • Artists and designers wishing to expand their skills
  • Non-artists who wish to learn programming in a visual way
  • Managers who want to gain insight into what developers do
  • Art directors who want to know the limits and capacities of programming for their work
  • Anyone else who wants to learn how to code in an enjoyable,  non-judgemental context.
  • Anyone who has some familiarity with programming and wants to catch up with new languages and ideas.

Programme team

This course will be delivered by Dr Eleanor Dare, Senior Tutor on the MA Digital Direction Programme at the Royal College of Art. Dr Dare has taught computer programming and digitally themed subjects at Goldsmiths, the University of Derby, the Open University and the University of the Arts. Her current writing and programming research is concerned with water, computation and creative non-fiction, a project provisionally entitled 'Immersion'. She collaborates with Alexandra Antonopoulou on the Phi Books project and transmedia storytelling.

Admission criteria

No previous experience of programming is required. The course will be intensive and will require a commitment to engaging with computation on both a pragmatic and cultural level.

Participants must have a good level of English language .

Application deadlines

Register your interest to download the full course description.

Our short courses are very popular and places fill quickly. We particularly advise early application if you will need a tourist visa to enter the UK. 

CONTACT US

School of Communication Executive Education
soc-ee@rca.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)20 7590 4538

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Register your interest to download the full course description.

Book your place here.

Our short courses are very popular and places fill quickly. We particularly advise early application if you will need a tourist visa to enter the UK.