• Creative Coding (Minor)

  • Overview

    The Creative Coding minor is offered through Parsons School of Design.

    This minor provides a hands-on opportunity to explore the making of code-based interactions for the creative fields. In this minor, students build art and design projects that are critically engaging, socially aware experiences making use of various media, programming languages, and technologies. In studio and seminar courses, students investigate the aims and historical contexts of technical work in the creative fields; the concepts, media, and techniques used; and solutions to creative problems using software and hardware. Students prototype and iterate with code using various forms of inputs/outputs, sensory information, environmental conditions, and emotive responses. Students can explore varieties of scale, form, and style — from issues of privacy and socially responsible approaches to urban landscapes and large-scale immersive environments.

    The Creative Coding minor draws upon academic offerings and faculty knowledge across the university but has a particular affinity with Parsons' design and technology programming and, of course, studio practice across Parsons in general. This is evidenced in the subject areas of Studio Practice/Iterative Creative Process and Making with Code.

    This minor requires successful completion of 18 credits across four subject areas, as outlined in the curriculum chart below.

    Curriculum

    Subject AreaSample CoursesCredits
    Theory and Precedent CoursesPLDS 2190 History of Design 1850–Present Lecture /
    PLDS 2191 History of Design 1850–Present Recitation
    LINA 2026 Code + The Arts
    3
    Studio Practice/ Iterative Creative Process*PUFY 1020 Space/Materiality
    PUFY 1040 Time
    PSAM 1070 Typography and Visual Design
    PUFY 1225 Digital Craft
    0–3
    Making with CodePSAM 1028 Web Design Basics
    PSAM 2120 Web Interaction
    PSAM 3120 Web Advanced Javascript
    PSAM 3120 Web Advanced Designing for Touch
    PUCD 2035 Creative Computing
    PUDT 2110 Code 1
    PUDT 2112 Code 2
    PSAM 3060 Currents Computational Form
    6-9
    Beyond the ScreenPUCD 3095 Topics
    PSAM 3263 Projected Environments
    PSAM 3820 Computational Photography
    3-6

    *Students who have already completed one of these courses, or will do so for their major, should instead select another course in the subject area "Making with Code."

    Learning Outcomes

    A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate

    • Understanding of the various historical contexts of creative technology, choosing a context to work within, and applying approaches and techniques relevant to that context.
    • Understanding of basic design knowledge, history, research principles, concepts, media, and formats for an interactive project
    • Competence in prototyping and iterating with various forms of software and hardware used in creative technology and applying them in a critically engaging way using interaction design principles
    • Competence in forming creative questions as well as building and presenting engaging technical responses that are critical in nature and provide a unique perspective on the chosen subject matter
    • Competence in using code as a method of creative expression in interactive projects, ranging from educational platforms to experimental installations
    • Understanding of the intrinsic relationship between physical, analog environments and digital experiences

    Eligibility

    For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Brendan Griffiths, assistant professor, at griffitb@newschool.edu.

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Undergraduate Adult Learners

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