Teaching new course on interactive and generative art

Added on November 9, 2010

This spring I will be teaching an informal course titled Interactive and Generative Art, course number CSIS 495. In the course catalog this course number is actually associated with Independent Study, but because of the tangle of red tape involved it was easier to convert this course into a “special topic” course rather than actually getting a new official class in the course catalog.

The course is intended to introduce students to the basics of Processing, Arduino and other miscellaneous topics that can be helpful in creating interactive or generative works. Although its in comp. sci. and has a upper-level course number, don’t let that scare you away! I am writing all of the content to be accessible for students who have no experience programming or electronics, it will teach you everything you need to know starting from scratch.

The best part about this course, for me, will be the fact that we won’t be having assignments, tests or quizzes – as long as you show me that you are getting something valuable out of the course then you pass. When have traditional grading policies ever really helped you learn (and I mean truly learn) anything?

All of the course material will be accessible online at the following address:

Even if you can’t make the classes or sign up this semester, the information is all there to be absorbed! I hope to have each of the students execute a project at the end of the semester, which will all be documented online as well.

The class will meet every Monday and Friday from 2:30PM – 3:20PM in OTOL 117 and will basically be an informal workshop. It will be 3 credit hours and would count as a Computer Science elective, talk to your advisor or Sherri Harms about enrolling in the class this spring. Sign up, you may not have an opportunity to get credit doing fun stuff like this again!