• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Computer Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Henry Gardner
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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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

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

After successful completion of COMP6720, 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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Thirty one-hour lectures and ten two-hour laboratory sessions

Prescribed Texts

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


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

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3480
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8101 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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