• Offered by School of Computing
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Digital Arts, Information Technology, Design Arts, Advanced Computing, IT in New Media More...
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Anne Ozdowska
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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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, plan, and realise 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 range of creative possibilities presented by the computer in the modern art world as well fundamental concepts of visual and interactive design. 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.
  2. Apply knowledge of visual and physical interaction with a computer interface.
  3. Design and construct computer programs in a programming language for interactive art.
  4. Create an original and creative work of interactive art.

Other Information

Professional Skills Mapping:

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

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 COMP6720

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)

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.  

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4860
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
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
5127 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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