Introduction to Creative Coding - RISD Summer Programs course

Introduction to Creative Coding

This course focuses on computational techniques and ideas in the context of art and design. Coding has become a foundational skill for every artist and designer who wishes to engage with technology in a practical and critical way. Students learn the foundations of computational aesthetics: algorithmic thinking, object-oriented programming, and data processing. Initially, core programming concepts are introduced so students learn while coding. Students develop simple coding sketches and progress towards more complex applications. Lectures, critiques, exercises and web-based interactive projects support learning digital language and best practices for successful outcomes.

Upon completion of this course, students will achieve coding skills to create digital work in fields of interactive media, generative design, video games, data visualization, digital audio design and more. This introductory course is open to visual artists, designers, makers and creatives who have little to no programming experience. Students use the following software: Processing and p5.js (free and open source tools). A Mac or Windows laptop/PC is required.

RISD degree students: This course is equivalent to “Introduction to Computation” and a satisfactory completion of this course with a ‘C’ or better can count towards CTC requirements. This course offers 3 transfer credits with pre-approval from your department head using the “Transfer Credit Prior Approval for Major/Non Major Credit” form, found on the Registrar’s Office Forms page. Submit the signed form to the Registrar’s office and then complete the online course registration.

Course #4083
Mattia Casalegno

Schedule B
June 24–July 30, 2021
Thursdays + Fridays, 10 am–1 pm ET
Online, Live

Tuition $2,300
3 Credits



Mattia Casalegno

Mattia Casalegno is an award-winning visual artist working in a range of media, from interactive installations and live media to kinetic sculptures and virtual reality. He exhibited internationally in festivals and museums, including MACRO, Auditorium, RomaEuropa and Netmage in Italy; Mutek in Canada; Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan; ISEA in South Korea; Chronus Art Center in China; Cimatics and Nuit Blanche in Belgium; Le Cube Museum in France; and the Satellite Fair, AxS Festival, YAA Museum and LACMA in the US. His work has been featured on media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Art Tribune, the Creators Projects, Creative Applications, Hyperallergic, and more. Casalegno is a critic for RISD’s Experimental and Foundation Studies department, and also teaches for Pratt Institute’s Digital Arts department. Previously he taught at CUNY and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

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