• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Digital Arts, Information Technology, Design Arts, Advanced Computing, IT in New Media More...
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Benjamin Swift
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course COMP6720
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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This course will introduce design and coding in the context of New Media Arts and Interaction. Topics covered may include the nature of New Media Art, Interaction with New Media Art, program organisation, control structures, graphics and audio. 

In terms of the modern art world, the computer is not just another medium, it is a whole other range of media. Students will design and experiment  to construct interactive works of New Media Art. They will learn how to conceptualise, brainstorm, plan and realise an original interactive work of New Media Art. 
The techniques used by computer professionals to visualise and present data are heavily influenced by techniques invented by artists and vice versa. Students will gain an appreciation of good visual and interactive design.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of COMP1720, students should be able to:

  1. Design, construct and debug small to medium-sized computer programs in a high-level programming language for New Media art.
  2. Have an appreciation of the artistic process in computer-based New Media.
  3. Be able to conceptualise, plan and execute an original and creative work of New Media art.
  4. To have an appreciation of visual and physical interaction at a New Media interface.

Indicative Assessment

  • Assignments (50%)
  • Quizes (20%)
  • Final Exam (30%)

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12 two-hour lectures, 12 one hour lectures and ten two-hour laboratory sessions. Naturally a considerable amount of self study making a total of about 130 hours for the whole course

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with COMP6720

Prescribed Texts

Daniel Shiffman: Learning Processing - A Beginner's Guide to Programming Images, Animation, and Interaction (Morgan Kaufmann).  ISBN-13: 9780123736024?

Areas of Interest

  • Digital Arts
  • Information Technology
  • Design Arts
  • Advanced Computing
  • IT in New Media
  • Creative Arts
  • Arts
  • Sustainable Engineering




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5400
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7303 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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