Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course delivers a range of physical computing technologies towards interactive sensor-driven and kinetic artworks in the context of sound, light, and motion. Through historic, practical, and novel lenses, gestural integration via physical computing and kinetic works will be explored. A set of programming, electronics, and fabrication skills will be developed in line with critical thinking, historical, artistic and interaction contexts, and students will develop original artistic content. Through a series of skills-building tasks, students will develop creative works incorporating sensors, kinetic mechanisms, software and hardware programming, and embedded computing technologies.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Independently research the history, practice and advances of physical computing technologies;

2. Apply technical knowledge and skills in the creation of physical computing-based artworks;

3. Demonstrate skills in visual programming and authoring of original creative work that integrates physical computing;

4. Develop presentation and performance skills integrating physical computing-based works for exhibition.


Topics will include:

  • Content creation for physical computing-enhanced creative works
  • Historical contexts of physical computing, sensor-driven, and kinetic artworks
  • Microcontroller programming and scripting languages¬†
  • Visual programming environments for sound, visual, and physical interaction design
  • Embedded computing
  • Software and hardware integration
  • Environmental sensors and applications, including:¬†
  • Light, vision, capacitance, magnetic, and proximity¬†
  • Mechanisms for kinetic applications and artworks
  • Electronics skills
  • Fabrication skills

Assumed knowledge

MUSI1705, MUSI2705 and CIND2102

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Case Study and Project Plan (25%)

Project: Project Production (40%)

Report: Project Demonstration and written analysis (35%)

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 7

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.