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Programming with Python for Beginners Short Course

Course description

Programming with Python for Beginners has been designed for artists, designers and communicators who want to delve into the world of programming but don't know where to start.

If you have never done any computer programming, looking at pages and pages of programme code can be daunting. In this course you will learn the basics of computer programming and use these to create a simple music library application.

Course Outcomes 

By the end of the course you should be able to: 

  • Understand the structure of a computer program
  • Apply a range of programming constructs to create programmes that undertake a variety of simple tasks
  • Combine a variety of self-written and third-party modules to create a fully working application
  • Demonstrate good programming disciplines such as commenting and exception handling in your coding
Who Should Attend 

This course has been designed for you if you are an artist, designer, journalist or communications professional and have a project that could be realised through programming. It is also ideal for you if you are thinking of changing career or working in a role that employs programmers.  Level

You do not need any previous programming knowledge but you should be comfortable installing software, downloading and moving files. 


Clear, easy to understand lessons: 

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean. 
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way that’s crystal clear and easy to understand. 

Experience life on campus 

  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe 
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline 
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need 
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time 
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments 
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time 

A certificate of completion: 

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it! 
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance. 
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience! 
  • Certificates are great to complement your cv. 

This course is scheduled to run on campus in a face-to-face delivery format. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation this course may be adapted in line with UK government guidance or other operational requirements. This may include changing course location (to another UAL site), cancellation of the course, or moving part or all of the course online. In the event of any changes being required we will inform you as soon as possible and support you in any changes required. Please bear this in mind when making any travel, visa, or accommodation arrangements. 


Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Course Content 

  • Getting Started:  understanding what computer programming is all about, what the various programming languages are and when to use them, and how exactly Python fits in
  • Basic Concepts:  hands-on working through the basic concepts – objects, identifiers, types, decisions, loops, operators, modules and functions. Use of a variety of “unplugged” (i.e. non-computer based) activities to reinforce understanding
  • Creating our Music Library Application:  starting to create the music player whilst learning some new concepts – object orientation, classes, lists
  • Developing a User Interface: showing the music library playlists and tracks to the user. Getting the user to select playlists and tracks
  • Playing the Music: play your selected track by importing and using a third-party Python module


All materials provided on the day

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Programming with Python for Beginners has been designed for artists, designers and communicators who want to delve into the world of programming but don't know where to start.

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