• Offered by School of Computing
  • 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
    • Charles Martin
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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This course introduces the fundamentals of coding and design required to create expressive interactive artworks. Students will learn how to conceptualise, realise, and evaluate an original interactive artwork using a high-level programming language. They will experiment with computer graphics, sound, and input devices and learn programming concepts required for accomplishing their creative objectives.

The course introduces the creative possibilities presented by the computer in the modern art world, fundamental concepts of visual and interactive design, and recent developments in art and interaction computing. Topics covered include interactive and new media art, interaction design, program organisation, variables, control structures, graphics, and audio.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the qualities of computer-based artworks and recent developments in interactive computational art.
  2. Apply knowledge of visual and physical interaction with a computer interface including recent developments.
  3. Design and construct computer programs in a programming language for interactive art.
  4. Create and evaluate an original and creative work of interactive art.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Lab Assessment and Quizzes (10) [LO 1,2]
  2. Assignments (40) [LO 3,4]
  3. Major Project (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements for this course is currently not available.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with COMP1720

Prescribed Texts

Getting started with p5.js Lauren McCarthy, Casey Reas, and Ben Fry. San Francisco, California: Maker Media, 2015. (Available online through ANU Library)


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4740
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5380 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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