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Creative Coding (Online Short Course)

Creative Coding (Online Short Course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Damien Borowik


Creative coding uses programming and code to produce expressive and artistic works. On this online short course you will learn to use computer code to create unique pieces of computational art, using the accessible and widely used Processing programming language. You will develop an understanding of this new and exciting creative medium, and gain the practical skills to begin experimenting and creating works of your own.

No programming experience is necessary to attend this course, so even if you are a beginner with technology you will be able to produce pieces of work by the end of the course. The course has been specifically tailored to learn how to code in the context of visual arts and design, and you will learn through practical examples which you will be able to apply straight away.

Each live session will be interactive and practical, with lots of opportunity to ask questions and discuss with your tutor and classmates. You will receive personal feedback on your assignment work each week from your tutor. In each session you will also work with other students from around the world who will help critique and inspire your artwork.

Throughout the course, you will learn to use programming to create visuals and experiences from scratch. You will obtain a better understanding of how computers and coding works. And you will also learn to integrate programming into your own creative practice using practical and personal projects. This is a fun and exciting new opportunity to further your work through a new medium.


  • Examples of creative coding
  • How to write your own creative code
  • Pattern creation
  • Image manipulation
  • Data visualisation
  • Motion graphics
  • Interaction
  • Practical application to your own projects
  • Design for coding
  • Repetition: for loop
  • Variable types
  • Conditions
  • Filters
  • Pixel array
  • How to read and write data

Course Outcomes:
By the end of the course you will have an understanding of;

  • Understand the practical application to your own projects
  • The fundamentals of programming
  • How to manipulate colours and graphical elements with code
  • How to apply effects to images and media with code
  • How to modify visuals
  • How to display and read data
  • How to create your own patterns and visual media
  • The basics of how to use code to enhance your designs

Who is Creative Coding (Online Short Course) for?
This course was designed for artists who are looking to enhance their artwork with code. This is the perfect course for students, professionals and artists who want to propel their designs into the modern age.

Level: Beginners, no prior knowledge of coding needed.

Why choose an CSM Online Short Course
Our online learning short courses allow you to experience Central Saint Martins wherever you are in the world. The real-time chat sessions are fully interactive allowing you to communicate easily with the tutor at the same time as fellow students. Additionally all CSM Online Short Courses include;

  • Live sessions with expert
  • Lesson recordings
  • Practical assignments
  • Personal feedback
  • VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • CSM Certificate upon completion

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

Damien Borowik graduated from Central Saint Martins with a BA in Graphic design, and later on from Goldsmiths, University of London with an MA in Computational Arts. As an academic, Damien has taught Interactive Design at CSM BA Graphic Design and MA Communication Design for 7 years. In his professional practice, Damien has won numerous awards and exhibited worldwide while working with clients such as Christian Dior Couture, Sir Terence Conran, Samsung Electronics, Southbank Centre and BBC Worldwide. Recently, the Victoria & Albert Museum has also acquired several of Damien’s artworks to be included in their permanent collection.

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Online Short Course Materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Firefox or Chrome)
  • The latest version of Java installed on your device
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection via WiFi or ethernet; 2G, 3G or 4G will not be sufficient

Course Specific Materials

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