In Creative Computing you’ll learn the fundamentals of computer programming through the creative process of making music and visual art.

Why creative computing?

This isn’t just an art/music course, and it’s not just a “coding” course: you’ll be working in both of those domains at the same time, and (we hope) you’ll have a lot of fun in the process.

Creative Computing includes both “code art” & “code music” elements, and students will start by covering the basics of programming from both perspectives. After this introductory period, students will be allowed to choose one stream or the other (music or visuals) as the focus for their major project—a final creative work to be presented in the end-of-year exhibition.

The course caters to two types of students:

  • those with an interest in and aptitude for IT (especially computer programming) who wish to apply and develop these skills in new and creative directions

  • students with an interest in and aptitude for the creative arts (e.g. playing a musical instrument, painting/drawing) who are keen to incorporate & technology in their creative practice (but haven’t necessarily done any IT or programming courses).

Creative Computing (like all ANU Extension courses) has a competitive application process; we are limited in the number of students we can take. However, we welcome diverse applicants who might not have come through the “traditional” pathways, so if you’re not sure if you’re eligible then get in touch (email or

If you’re still not sure and you’d like to know more, check out the course outline and policies, or have a look through the FAQ.

2024 is the last year of intake for EXTN1019 Creative Computing. Students commencing in 2024 will be able to complete their studies, without disruption, in 2025. EXTN1019 will not be offered for new intake from 2025. Read more about the end of the ANU Extension program here and here.

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