I started my journey towards a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Computing (with academic direction by Goldsmiths, University of London) with the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), but my dream has always been to complete the final year of my degree at the Goldsmiths campus in London.
With this dream in mind, I spoke with Dr Maggie Cooper, Programme Director of the Goldsmiths programme, during one of her visits to SIM in early April 2018.
In my conversation with Dr Cooper, various factors such as costs, the difference in course structure and time apart from my family were discussed, and I felt it was impossible to study at the Goldsmiths campus. Dr Cooper understood my desire to experience studying at Goldsmiths, so she encouraged me to consider the Goldsmiths Creative Computing Summer School, which was held over four weeks at Goldsmiths during the summer break.
With this piece of advice, I did some research and had a better understanding of what was required. After much consideration, I decided to apply for the summer programme and, thankfully, was accepted. I was also awarded a subsidy of £1,000 for the course fees.
Fast-forward to four months later, I was in London and was provided accommodation in one of the school’s halls of residence. It was a short walk from Goldsmiths, making it very convenient to get to class every morning.
I was introduced to more advanced knowledge beyond my current undergraduate curriculum such as projection mapping.
The course started with a processing workshop, which was a good refresher as I learnt processing in my first year. I was introduced to more advanced knowledge beyond my current undergraduate curriculum such as projection mapping, which was interesting. All of the students were encouraged to be creative with 3D forms to project our visuals on, which consisted of illustrations, videos and processing sketches. The whole learning experience was very different from what I’ve been taught in school, as the lessons required us to consider factors like sound, the size of the projection, depth and layers to create immersive installations.
My favourite part of the course was the physical computing workshop, where I got to play with Arduino boards. It was challenging but I was able to put my coding knowledge to practice by lighting up an LED bulb or using pressure sensors to capture data, which in turn triggers visuals on my processing sketches. At the end of the course, we were tasked to create an installation with the skills that were imparted to us over the past four weeks.
All the lecturers and tutors were very helpful. As the class was relatively small, we were given a lot of attention and guidance and were constantly kept engaged in discussions. Apart from three other Singaporean students, the rest of the class was made up of creative media students from Hong Kong. They specialised in different fields and their work inspired us to be more creative with our projects.
During our free time we visited museums and iconic landmarks. We even watched plays together with the Summer School students and tutors. On these trips, we were also tasked to look out for sights and sounds that we could incorporate in our projects. We couldn’t have planned a better trip to London. All of this was made possible by our lovely Summer School manager, Jesse Wolbert, who took great care of us and stayed contactable even on non-school days to ensure everything was fine.
What better place to be inspired than in London. I will definitely recommend all Creative Computing students to attend this programme.
The Summer School was definitely an eye-opener for me. I got to learn and experience a different side of Creative Computing. Looking at the artworks and projects created by my lecturers, I now know that I’m going in the right direction and hope to be able to create my own works with the new skills gained during the Goldsmiths Summer School. And what better place to be inspired than in London, a city so rich in culture and art. I will definitely recommend all Creative Computing students to attend this programme.