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.
*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."
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
This minor is available to all undergraduate students, with the exception of those in the AAS in Communication Design, BFA in Communication Design, and BFA in Design and Technology. For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for
course substitutions, please contact Kyle Li, assistant professor, at [email protected].
How to Declare or Change a Minor
General guidelines for declaring a minor are available here. Current students can declare or change a minor by logging in to my.newschool.edu, clicking on the Academics tab,
and then clicking on the link to Major/Minor Declarations.