The successful creative coder will need to be comfortable and competent in communicating ideas to clients and colleagues alike. Here, you’ll begin to develop your skills through sketching, drawing and making workshops designed to enhance your conceptualisation and presentation skills.
Context & History
This is a lecture and seminar series introducing you to the core history of coding culture, theories and key players. This unit will serve as a platform for your continued research into convergent and multidisciplinary practice models.
Complementing the earlier Creative Thinking unit, you’ll be introduced to key skills in 2D graphic asset development and presentation in a more digital space, utilising industry-standard software.
Creative Coding 01 (Lexicon)
You’ll explore the structures and vocabulary of contemporary programming languages and learn about the cognitive and structural foundation to all future code-based work. You’ll be introduced to key mathematical and syntactic paradigms which are present in all major programming languages.
An introduction to electronics, material and mechanical systems through toy/hardware hacking and physical computing, this unit will kick-start ideas around “adaptive re-use” for digital technology, focusing specifically on circuit building, power sources, sensors, as well as key electronic tools and equipment.
Creative Coding 02 (Objects)
This unit challenges you to think about systems of agency and authentic experience in the context of programming for human scale spatial intervention. Here, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of writing code and negotiating the complexities of data exchange and control.
Context & Theory
This is a seminar-based research unit aimed at the development of case studies of Human-in-the-loop, and Human Computer Interaction examples and theories.
CoLAB 01 (Diverse Practice)
You’ll be introduced to broad concepts of design practice and business management, including tendering, pitching, fees, production planning and presentation. This unit focuses on group work, engendering and nurturing key skills in team-based projects and highlighting the importance of leveraging individual strengths to maximise collective productivity. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with fellow students across the disciplines of architecture and design.
You’ll learn about the key skills and knowledge in digital fabrication software and technology. The unit foregrounds the manifold opportunities presented by combining rapid prototyping through 3D printing, CNC and laser cutting, with autonomous or networked embedded code applications.
Study Abroad (Optional)
This optional unit will allow you to spend a period of time in an overseas educational institution.
Pitching & Prototyping
This is a speculative unit which aims to engage you with emergent and future focused technologies, such as virtual reality, spatial scanning, cybernetics, wearable computing and robotics.
A substantive research unit, culminating in the production of a written dissertation or project and report.
CoLAB 02 (Entrepreneurial Practice)
Developing a strong sense of self and individual style is a big part of how a course can prepare you for the workplace. This unit provides the space for you to define and communicate your individuality as a Designer and Coder, as well as highlight your specific skills and areas of speciality.
A student initiated synoptic unit which gives you complete ownership of the conceptualisation, research, development and deployment of a project, supervised through weekly tutorials by our team of industry experienced tutors.
This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:
Fees and additional course costs
The course fees per year for 2020 entry are:
- UK and EU students - £9,250
- International students - £16,250 (standard fee)
- International students - £15,600 (full early payment fee)
Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs, these are still to be finalised for 2020 entry but as a guide please see the additional course costs for 2019 entry.
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:
These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.
The course has a growing network of international industry and research contacts across a range of scales and disciplines of practice.
This includes digital artists and innovators such as London-based creative technology studio The Workers and interactive studio Running In The Halls, makers and spatial practitioners Between Art and Technology (BAT) Studio, world-renowned designers Jason Bruges Studio, and 3D pioneers ScanLAB Projects.
The course also has links to individuals and teams in the indie app and games development sector, as well as larger commercial entertainment and games design companies such as SONY Interactive Entertainment Europe, and Rockstar North.