Apply for the Immersive: Online Studio Art Course in Computer Science

Our Creative Code Immersive is designed as a 12-week course in creative code and interactive art. Our expert instructors guide participants through a sequence of topics that are designed to build a foundation of core techniques while strengthening students’ professional practice in the field of art and technology.

Over the course of the program, students learn the technical skills and gain the creative inspiration to design, prototype and install an interactive artwork in a final public showcase attended by the creative community, industry, and museum professionals. Students explore a wide range of skills, techniques, and open tools over the course of 3 months. Instructors from different disciplines guide studio projects, group critiques, and theoretical discussions, setting students up for success throughout their major coursework.

This spring, we launched our first session of classes online using collaborative online tools. Learn how our Immersive Program pushed the boundaries of online education this spring.

Accepting rolling applications for the Spring Session starting April 2020.

Program Features

• Extend your art practice into the digital realm
• Learn how to create an interactive experience
• Scope the production of technical artworks
• Develop your artistic sensibility
• Historical understanding of creative code
• Collaborate using a javascript framework
• Learn how to teach others artistic coding
• Be able to troubleshoot and solve problems independently
• Over 100 hours of classroom instruction
• Build a portfolio of 10+ creative code projects
• A network of peers, alumni, and professionals
• Creative and professional development
• Low enrollment fee of $4,000 (monthly payment terms are available)
Offering learners support in the midst of Covid-19

Prerequisites

The Creative Code Immersive is designed to help introduce new mediums to artists, though the pace of the program requires a certain amount of foundational knowledge in both HTML & Javascript development.

To help us gauge your coding skill level we require all applicants to take both the w3schools Javascript Quiz and w3schools HTML Quiz. Once you have completed these tests, select Check Your Answers and save a pdf of your results.

Syllabus

Week 1: Web Skills
Week 2: Javascript I
Week 3: P5.js
Week 4: Web Audio (Sound Art)
Week 5: 3D for the Web (with A-Frame)
Week 6: Physical Computing I
Week 7: Node.js
Week 8: Physical Computing II
Week 9: Projection Mapping
Week 10: Interactive Environments
Week 11: Development Week
Week 12: Final Project Public Showcase

Dates

2020 Fall Session
Classes: September 8th – November 14th, 2020
Showcase: December 2nd & 3rd, 2020
Visit Our Spring Showcase here

2021 Spring Session
April 4th - June 12th, 2021
Showcase Opens: June 23rd

2021 Fall Session
September 14th - November 20th, 2021
Showcase Opens: December 8th

Classes are held online
Tuesdays & Thursdays (6–9pm) &
Saturdays (12–4pm)

The application deadline is rolling and kept open until all seats have been filled. Check out our Academic Calendar for more details.

Diversity Scholarship

To help creators of all backgrounds reach their goals, we are proud to offer a diversity scholarship to sustain and advance an inclusive community at Gray Area and beyond. This scholarship is for outstanding students from diverse backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education and the fields of art, design, and technology. Recipients will receive a $1000 discount towards partial tuition for our bi-annual Creative Code Immersive Program.

The Diversity Scholarship gives preferences to artists who identify as women, queer, gender nonconforming folks, and people of color. We highly encourage students to apply for this scholarship.

Creative Code Immersive Student Highlights

“The teachers were patient and great at explaining concepts, technologies, and creative strategies — better than some of the professors I’ve had in undergrad. The critique and feedback I received in class helped push my work to another level.”

— Ella Ordona, Alum 2020

“Seeing the program outline of the Immersive was like seeing a wish list of things I hoped to learn, so when the opportunity presented itself to apply and enroll, I took it.”

— Kaii Tu, Alum 2020

Every Immersive session culminates with a media arts exhibition, showcasing work from students alongside artists in our Incubator program. This highly attended event invites the public and industry leaders to see new work from our artist community.

See some previous examples from final showcases below.

Over 250 alumni have joined the Immersive and our private email list which provides upcoming opportunities.

Watch a testimonial below from one of our alumni.

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