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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Computer Science

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Home / EU fee: £11,220 (2020/21).
    International fee: £22,920 (2020/21).

  • Last Updated

    04 November 2019

MSc Creative Computing is an exciting mix of advanced computing and creative practice set in the context of a world-renowned creative university.

About this course

Explore creative computing and build your expertise in evolving areas such as advanced visualisation, physical computing and machine intelligence. Explore the advanced skills of coding such as Python, JavaScript and processing, and gain experience with development frameworks such as Open Frameworks and Unity.

This course explicitly explores computational thinking and this will enable you to engage with the cultural agency of computational technology.

The integration of computing and creative practice in MSc Creative Computing will help you gain the specialist skills required to build a successful career in creative practice, the creative industries or within the digital technology sector more broadly.

Great reasons to apply:

  • Learn the skills sought after in industry: Creative Developers are sought after in industry with their ability to both translate creative direction into code and deliver creative direction themselves. As a graduate from this course, you will be able to develop for the dominant frameworks that underpin much of the creative digital industries and lead creative work with technology.
  • Interdisciplinary teaching: you’ll be exposed to different modes of learning and develop a strong technical fluency with computational technologies with discovery-based learning rooted in creative practice.
  • High-quality research informed teaching: the course is significantly informed by the research themes of the newly established UAL Creative Computing Institute (CCI). The CCI’s research themes of Creativity, Machine Learning and AI; Human Computer Interaction; Platforms, Big Data and Digital Citizenship are imbedded in units throughout the course.
  • Critical engagement with technology: through critical studies and creative practice the course will provide you with opportunities to question the trajectory of technology development and understand the role of technology in producing the future.
  • UAL Creative Computing Institute (CCI): this newly established UAL will be located within the new building at Camberwell. You will have access to purpose built facilities and technical support, and exposure to creative computing research.
  • A material understanding of computational technologies: develop an appreciation of what computation is in both a technical and cultural sense. This understanding will enable you to challenge dominant ways of deploying technology at the level of code, for example re engineering facial recognition algorithms to challenge cultural basis.


The newly established UAL Institute for Creative Computing will be located within the new building at Camberwell. As well as the purpose built facilities for the Institute, students will have access to the existing Camberwell facilities including a newly built library, canteen and campus shop.

Course details

MSc Creative Computing thoroughly explores computational thinking, enabling you to critically engage with the cultural agency of computational technology.

You will acquire an advanced set of applied computing skills covering the advanced computational workflows that support innovation in the digital technology sector. You will also extend your coding skills to include the advanced frameworks that underpin innovative creative computing practice in the crafting of bespoke digital experiences. Building on these skills, and through creative practice, you will develop your ability to innovate and explore advanced computational practice.

With units in this course informed by research from the Institute CCI, this course covers evolving areas such as advanced visualisation, physical computing, machine intelligence, and how the contemporary world is being defined through human computer interaction and social platforms.

For the advanced project, you will be encouraged to build your enterprise skills and externalise your work to potential industry contexts and platforms.

Course units

Each course is divided into units, which are credit-rated. The minimum unit size is 20 credits. The MSc course structure involves six units, totalling 180 credits.

You will respond to briefs that are set to test your learning, in the units described below:

Autumn, term one:

Unit summary:

  • Coding One: Advanced Creative Coding (20 credits)
  • Creative Making: Advanced Physical Computing (20 credits)
  • Critical Studies: Computational Thinking and Creative Practice (20 credits)

Spring, term two:

Unit summary:

  • Critical Studies: Computational Thinking and Creative Practice (continued)
  • Coding Two: Advanced Frameworks (20 credits)
  • Creative Making: Advanced Visualisation and Computational Environments (40 credits)

Summer, term three:

Unit summary:

  • Creative Making: Advanced Visualisation and Computational Environments (continued)
  • Coding Three: Exploring Machine Intelligence (20 credits)

Autumn, term four:

Unit summary:

  • Creative Making: MSc Advanced Project (40 credits)

Learning and teaching methods

You will undertake creative practice, applied computing including coding and computational concepts and critical reflection in each term. There will be opportunities for you to work in teams in discovery-based contexts that build the soft skills that are of benefit to the workplace.

Assessments methods

Assessments methods include:

  • Assessed coursework
  • Portfolio based project
  • Critical essays
  • Presentations through a range of media

Course structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Making your application

Applications for 2019/20 entry to this course will open in Spring 2019. Please register your interest to sign up for updates.

Visit the MSc Creative Computing page on the University of the Arts London website for more details!




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