Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


In the last 50 years, interactions between software, machines and humans, have profoundly changed culture and society, producing new ways of making art and media. Interactive Arts is a collection of creative practices that leverage digital technologies to generate expressive, participatory and public real-time media environments for human-computer interaction. This course will establish a theoretical framework for understanding key critical debates and concepts in interactive media art, examining case studies of seminal artistic innovations, before proceeding to teach best practice techniques and methods for capturing, and visualising data using sensors, object-oriented software, scripting, video and other digital assets.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Analyse and critique contemporary examples of interactive art;

2. Demonstrate technical and aesthetic aspects of interactive arts production through developing a creative project;

3. Integrate data capture with various interfaces and display mechanisms in an installation concept.


Topics will include:

  1. Data capture using camera-based sensors;
  2. Examination of contemporary interactive art practice;
  3. Produce interactive assets for use in projection mapping and other real-time content;
  4. Prototyping and testing custom-built software interfaces;
  5. Social and cultural significance of interactive arts;
  6. Aspects of screen, media and art theory.

Assessment items

Presentation: Critical Analysis of Contemporary Practice - 20%

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Planning and Prototyping - 20% *

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Integration - 20% *

Project: Final Project - 40%

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

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

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