Being Human

As part of a Glasgow School of Art collaborative project year 1 students were asked to consider the theme ‘Being Human’.

Students explored how  physical objects and artefacts in tandem with digital means could create meaningful projection-mapped sculpture in the Studio. They focused on the key word ‘Communication’ and considered how the object(s) provided bare projection surfaces, add/detract from to their sculptural form and can be used to re-imagine narratives around the artefacts.

Web Fundamentals

Students were introduced to web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and asked to produce a digital response to this new medium.
This digital response focuses on exploring the playful, provocative, or thought provoking aspects of the web. The responses ranged from a web page, an interactive infographic, or digital drawing.

Web APIs

How can Art and Design make relations and links between people and software? How and where does art reside within these modern relations, rather than outside of them?

Students explored what is interesting about working with data which is live and changing over-time and as a result what creative opportunity does this provides them with.

Using web technologies such as HTML, CSS and P5.JS (Javascript) students created a range of creative, critical responses within the web browser which are driven by API data.

Physical Expressions

Often our first impressions of something digital or interactive is a screen-based outcome. Students are encouraged to think beyond the screen and what can be communicated in physical, tangible outputs.

Students explored the possibilities of kinetic outputs such as motors, spacial outputs such as large scale lighting and the digital control of analog devices. 


This project explores the representation and structure of text. Students develop code to generate a very wide rand of visual outcomes. Text is considered a malleable encoded form, able to be assembled and disassembled, used as data, and more. Outcomes ranged from code-based animated sequences to printed matter.

Generative graphic designer Tim Rodenbröker visited the programme and delivered a great talk about his work as well as a kinetic type workshop in Processing.


What other ways can we use control a computer, other than simply using a keyboard and mouse? Using the keyword ‘Control’ students consider both its literal and wider contextual meaning in their exploration of the brief.

This project seeks to explore a range of inputs using electronic hardware  such as buttons, switches, sliders and dials and how, when used singularly and in combination, they can affect digital outputs such as sound and imagery.

Students are introduced to physical computing via Arduino and asked to create a ‘control device’ furthering their understanding in creating responsive, digital artworks.

Creative Coding

How can we use the computer as a tool in the generation of art and design? What are the intrinsic aesthetics of computer-created art? This project explores using code as a creative partner. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of code-based art and design using Processing, exploring loops, flow, randomness and different forms of imaging.