Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Design
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Mr Mark Guglielmetti


This unit introduces students to physical computing as a creative endeavour. Simple computers called microprocessors can sense all elements of the physical world including light, sound, heat, vision and motion. The data collected from these microprocessors can be reinterpreted and creatively expressed in software as images, animation, simulation, visualisation, video, sculpture and sound. Artists, designers and architects use this data to create new forms of expression and communication.

Through a process of practical workshops students will create innovative ways to interact with and control microprocessors and the data they collect. This unit will enable students to apply the concepts and principles of designing and controlling electronic components, from concept to implementation, to express unique and engaging forms of visual, sculptural and auditory communication.

In-depth studies of contemporary leaders in art, design and architecture who use creative digital technologies will contextualise the significance of physical computing in these fields.


100% mixed mode

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

4 contact hours plus 8 hours of private study per week


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