2:00 PM–5:50 PM
Broad Art Center: New Mars

Professor: (office hours: TBD)

This course is an introduction to computer programming within the context of the arts. Each participant will build a foundation in basic programming that will be applied to a series of exercises and projects. This foundation serves as a platform for future learning within the MFA program. The class is taught as a series of workshops, with demonstrations and time to work in the studio.

In addition to coding, we will consider how technology—and digital technology in particular—have impacted our world, our politics, and our practice as artists. We will attempt to answer—from the inside in a sense—how are we altered by seeing, thinking, making, and communicating through digital technology? What are the effects of these changes on our perception, our art, our sensibilities, our aesthetic decisions, and our relationship to the world? How are we, as artists, are responding to and reflecting upon our increasingly technologically mediated lives? Does computation and programming operate as a medium? Analogous to paint? Or is this an antiquated idea brought in from historical arts discourse? What role does technology play in the work we make, and why?

We will attempt to answer these questions on multiple fronts: by reading and discussing recent theory, criticism, and artists’ writings; learning to write code as a tool for art making; and creating work based on our newfound skills and understandings.


You must attend class, participate in discussions, and complete all assignments.

Grading is based on the coding exercises, a final project, and on active participation during the class meetings.

Punctuality, focus, articulation of concepts, and contribution to class discussions are all part of class participation.

Classes start at 2:00 PM. If you are 15 minutes late, you will receive a tardy. 3 tardies will turn into 1 absence. Every absence equals 1 full grade down (A to B), 3 unexcused absences result in a failing grade.

If there is an emergency and you will be late or absent from the class, please email me.

Commitment to Equity and Diversity

We understand the classroom as a space for practicing freedom; where one may challenge psychic, social, and cultural borders and create meaningful artistic expressions. To do so we must acknowledge and embrace the different identities and backgrounds we inhabit. A collaborative effort between the students and the teacher is needed for creating a supportive learning environment.

While everyone should feel free to experiment creatively and conceptually, if a class member points out that something you have said or shared with the group is offensive, avoid being defensive; instead approach the discussion as an opportunity for everyone to grow and learn from one another. All class members are encouraged to discuss such instances with the instructor so they can be addressed with greater care in the future.

Students with Special Needs

Students with a disability or health-related issue who need a class accommodation should make an appointment to speak with the instructor as soon as possible. It is University policy that students with documented disabilities receive reasonable accommodations through access to classroom information. If you have a physical, psychological/psychiatric or medical condition, or a learning disability that will make it difficult for you to carry out the work outlined in the syllabus, or that will require additional time for taking exams and completing assignments, please notify your faculty for this class and visit the UCLA Center for Accessible Education in the first two weeks of the quarter so that we may make appropriate arrangements. All information and documentation is confidential.