Course Spotlight

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 2023 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 $500 to $1,000 are also available to help offset the unit fees. To apply for a course scholarship, students should follow the steps below.

  1. Register for the course in GOLD.
  2. Once registered, prepare a 300-500 word essay explaining why you are interested in the course, specifically, and/or the Creative Computing Initiative, generally. You may also share any information about pressing financial need, though this is optional.
  3. Use your UCSB NetID to log in to the Summer Sessions Course Scholarship submission portal. Complete the simple digital submission form to upload your essay for consideration.

Award decisions will be made on a rolling basis, and students may be eligible to receive more than one course scholarship when taking more than one Creative Computing course. 

Explore Creative Computing Courses

Course Spotlight Creative Computing

Epidemiology represents the current paradigm for thinking about disease through exposure, transmission, spread, morbidity and mortality, and offers us a timely case study in how data is transformed from an abstract representation into a narrative about public health. 

Combining an introduction to digital GIS tools, critical GIS theory, and traditional archival research, this course explores the historical entanglements between water and imperial expansion in the western United States and Nile Valley from the nineteenth century to the present.

Conversational interactions hold people together, and language provides building blocks for conversation — but the nuts and bolts of conversation usually fly under our radar. If you’re interested in investigating how language works using engaging visuals, this course is for you.

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

Explore how translators use technology to produce translations and how researchers utilize technology to conduct translation experiments. This course is open to students with language backgrounds other than Spanish.