Creative code is a central initiative for STEAM (STEM + Art) education. Why is it important? Because it teaches artists how to use code as a medium to create new work as part of their artistic practice. It also teaches coders to innovate—think outside the box. Starting this month, we plan to celebrate this spectacular form of coding in a big way.

Kadenze is joining forces with leading universities, institutions, and organizations to declare May the “International Month of Creative Code.” We’ll be dedicating the entire month of May to sharing upcoming events, new courses, artist features, interviews, and projects in the creative coding world.

Featured Creative Code Courses


Creative Programming for Audiovisual Art – Opens 5/31/16

Goldsmiths, University of London
Mick Grierson

Creative Programming for Audiovisual Art aims to enhance student skills and experience in the development of software for the creation and manipulation of sounds and images, both in real and non-real time. Learn more…


Web Coding Fundamentals for Artists

National University of Singapore
Lonce Wyse

This is a “literacy” course designed to introduce you to the various core components that make the web such a powerful platform for art – art that is not only visual, but sonic, physical, interactive, and social. Learn more…

The Nature of Code

The Processing Foundation
Daniel Shiffman

Can we capture the unpredictable evolutionary and emergent properties of nature in software? Can understanding the mathematical principles behind our physical world help us to create digital worlds? This class focuses on the programming strategies and techniques behind computer simulations of natural systems. Learn more…

Introduction to Programming for the Visual Arts with P5.js

UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture
Chandler McWilliams, Casey Reas, Lauren McCarthy

As a comprehensive introduction to the potential of software development within a broad range of the arts, this course aspires to teach you to engage the computer more directly with code. Learn more…

Introduction to Programming for Musicians and Digital Artists

Ajay Kapur

The course, lecture, and examples build on each other to teach the fundamentals of programming in general (logic, loops, functions, objects, classes) and also deals with advanced topics including multi-threading, events and signals. Learn more…

Physics-Based Sound Synthesis for Games and Interactive Systems

Stanford University
Perry Cook & Julius Smith

This course introduces the basics of Digital Signal Processing and computational acoustics, motivated by the vibrational physics of real-world objects and systems. Learn more…

Machine Learning for Musicians and Artists

Goldsmiths, University of London
Rebecca Fiebrink

Have you ever wanted to build a new musical instrument that responded to your gestures by making sound? Or create live visuals to accompany a dancer? Or create an interactive art installation that reacts to the movements or actions of an audience? If so, take this course! Learn more…

Upcoming Events

May 1                   SLORrktastic                                                         Stanford                   Stanford, CA
May 3                   Digital Entrepreneur Workshop                       Goldsmiths              London
May 5                   Digital Arts Expo                                                  CalArts                      Los Angeles, CA
May 5                   Machine Learning Practical Workshop           Goldsmiths               London
May 7-8                Anvil Hack 2016                                                   London                     London
May 7-12              CHI 2016                                                                Bay Area                  San Jose, CA
May 9 – June 18  Sónar Innovation Challenge                              Barcelona
May 10                  JACK QUARTET                                                  Princeton                Princeton, NJ
May 12                 DMA Final Exhibition                                          UCLA                       Los Angeles, CA
May 14                 Music and the Brain                                              Stanford                  Stanford, CA
May 16                 BELA Platform Workshop                                   QMUL                      London
May 17-18            ITP Spring Show                                                    NYU                         New York, NY
May 18                 Interactive Toys & Games Workshop                Goldsmiths              London
May 18                Computing Careers Fair                                        Goldsmiths              London
May 20               Creative Coding Amsterdam                                 Amsterdam             Amsterdam
May 20-22         Maker Faire                                                              Bay Area                   San Mateo, CA
May 25               Hackware v1.8                                                          Google Singapore   Singapore
May 26-28         MAT Show                                                                UCSB                         Santa Barbara, CA
May 31                Ready, Tech, Go!                                                     Vivid Sydney            Australia
June 18               Code in the Park                                                      Vivid Sydney            Australia

Who’s Involved

We are thrilled to announce the game-changers of the creative coding world, who have partnered with us on the initiative. From Los Angeles and New York, to London and Singapore, our partners represent various areas around the globe.

month of creative code partners

Features & Interviews

CBS San Francisco – Oakland Youth Empowerment Program ‘Yes We Code’ Part of Superstar Prince’s Legacy

CACM – Combining Arts and Technology, Creating STEAM Curricula

Mercury News – 16-Year-Old Fremont Student Writes AP Test-Prep Book, Creates Online Course

Kadenze Blog – Adventures in Coding: Interview with Dan Shiffman

Monthly Creative Coding Collaboration – May Theme: Growth

Kadenze Blog – Introducing Our New Partners and Upcoming Creative Coding Courses

Join the Movement

Are you aware of any news stories or upcoming events relating to creative code? Give us the 411 by emailing