Spring 2025

Introduction to Art and Code

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-278  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-311


Brian House (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 106 and FAMS 311) Introduction to computer programming for studio artists. In this course, students will explore the qualities intrinsic to artistic expression with computers. By writing code to generate text and graphics, students explore such concepts as nonlinearity, indeterminacy, glitch, and emergence. Accompanying critical discussion will consider key practitioners in the field. Through progressive weekly projects, students will gain a foundation for working with code in art. Designed for students with little to no programming experience. 

Limited to 16 students. Spring 2025: Professor House.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority will be given first to ARHA majors then evenly distributed between all classes

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Programming-based studio art projects in textual and visual mediums, in-class critiques including visual and verbal analysis, oral presentations, basic math and geometry.

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