• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Design
  • Areas of interest Digital Arts, Digital Humanities, Creative Arts, Design
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Mitchell Whitelaw
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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This course introduces code and data as powerful tools for design and creative practice. By working directly with these fundamental processes of computing, students will develop practical skills and conceptual approaches that can be applied to design, fine arts, digital media, data visualisation and many other fields. Students without previous computer programming experience will gain an introduction to core concepts, processes and techniques of coding, with a focus on generating visual and spatial form. Through practical production workshops and design projects, students gain the expertise required to generate creative works for screen, print and fabrication technologies (such as laser cutting, CNC and 3D printing). This course will also introduce students to the vibrant cultural context of creative code platforms and practices.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. interpret and apply creative coding concepts and techniques;
  2. employ computational methods to generate design outcomes for a range of media;
  3. creatively adapt to the technical and cultural constraints of a specific context;
  4. conduct research into design artefacts and processes, assess and apply findings to creative production; and
  5. critically reflect on practice and substantiate design outcomes with research and rationale.

Other Information

School of Art & Design studio courses have a limited enrolment capacity. Students are advised to enrol as early as possible to maximise the opportunity of securing a place.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Creative Code sketchbook (30) [LO 1,2]
  2. Creative Code project (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Research and Rationale, 1500 words (20) [LO 1,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact comprising lectures, tutorials / workshops.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed any of the following courses: COMP1720, COMP6720 or DESN6002.

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed texts

Preliminary Reading

Casey Reas and Ben Fry, Getting Started with Processing. Maker Media, 2010.
Casey Reas and Chandler McWilliams, Form+Code in Design, Art and Architecture. Princeton Architectural Press, 2010.
Lauren McCarthy, Casey Reas and Ben Fry, Getting Started with p5.js: Making Interactive Graphics in JavaScript and Processing. Maker Media, 2015


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.

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
2024 $3780
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3460 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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