When offered the opportunity to visit one of the most artistic and culturally rich cities in the world and to be taught highly niche creative skills, who could give up the chance? This opportunity was presented to me during my second year as a Creative Computing undergraduate in the form of the Goldsmiths Creative Computing Summer School. Without hesitation, my friend and I sent in our applications. The £1,000 subsidy for the course fees was the cherry on top.
We learned how to connect the physical world with the computing environment. We were taught to use small circuit-board like devices called Arduinos to light up LED lights and activate speakers using code, or to trigger Processing sketches with the help of various sensors. One of the more interesting parts of the course was when we made game controllers and artefacts from just yarn, conductive thread and sewing equipment. It was amazing!
The second half of the course focused more on graphics and animation. After a small refresher on how to use Processing, we were introduced to more advanced topics such as projection mapping, data analysis and representation, as well as game design. Since I have a very strong interest in games and understand the mechanics behind them, these lessons were a real eye opener for me and allowed me to understand the industry in a better light.
Throughout the four-week Summer School, we were highly encouraged to be creative and to think outside the box
Throughout the four-week Summer School, we were highly encouraged to be creative and to think outside the box. Rarely were we given limitations in what we could create, and I believe this really fuelled our creativity and we expressed ourselves freely.
The teaching staff were very approachable and highly knowledgeable in their field of expertise. They were able to impart a hefty amount of skills in the short time while keeping their lessons fun and interactive. I am grateful to Jesse Wolpert, the summer school manager, and her team of teaching assistants. They were very accommodating and their hospitality was exceptional. They went out of their way to ensure that we felt at home.