Creative Computing

The Division of Humanities and Fine Arts at UC Santa Barbara is proud to announce that a set of summer courses will be offered in 2022 under the Creative Computing Initiative, generously supported by alumnus Ross Dowd (Class of 1994, English and Political Science). The initiative encourages undergraduate students to develop more technical literacy in an increasingly computerized world but also to forge more personal, imaginative, and critical connections to computationally based media and technology. Through this initiative, students are invited to explore a series of connected courses focused on digital technologies and their contexts.

Scholarships of $1,000 are also available to help offset the unit fees, with the potential for more for those students in need. To apply, please prepare a 300-500 word essay explaining why are you interested in a course, specifically, and/or the Creative Computing Initiative, generally. You may also share any information about pressing financial need, though this is optional. Use your UCSB NetID to log in to the scholarship application portal and upload your essay for consideration. Scholarship applications will be accepted until May 15 (for Session A courses) or July 24 (for Session B courses). Award decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Students may also be eligible to receive more than one scholarship when taking more than one Creative Computing course. 

Explore Creative Computing Courses

Course Spotlight Creative Computing

This course teaches students to think of the keyword in several ways: first, as a cornerstone of traditional literary or rhetorical analysis; second, as a central concept in digital humanities methods for analyzing texts; and finally, as a cultural unit that shapes our thinking in search engines, on social media, and in our larger social world.

In this course students will explore the theory and practice of game-based language learning.

This course investigates virtual reality and studies the imminent integration of real and virtual worlds.

Introduction to Interactive Audio is a project-based course taught using Max, a visual programming environment for music and multimedia.

Through a combination of lectures, discussions, and hands-on mapping labs, this course will expose students to diverse traditions within Buddhism and allow students to develop multimedia narrative mapping projects.