Computational Media

The Computational Media Department is dedicated to the creation, enhancement, and study of media forms that can only be made using computers. The department emphasizes the construction of technologies that make possible novel media experiences, while simultaneously embracing and engaging in theoretical and practical approaches from the arts, humanities, and social sciences. UC Santa Cruz hosts the Center for Games and Playable Media, the largest games research group in the world, comprised of the Expressive Intelligence Studio, Social and Emotional Technology Lab, Interactive Systems for Individuals with Special Needs Lab, Augmented Design Lab, and the Software Introspection Lab.

Contact Us
For questions/comments regarding the undergraduate program: cm-ugrad@soe.ucsc.edu
For questions/comments regarding the graduate program: cm-grad@soe.ucsc.edu
For general questions about the Computational Media department: cm-questions@soe.ucsc.edu

News

CruzHacks judging in progress

UC Santa Cruz student-run CruzHacks revamps for its sixth year

With a new slate of leaders at the helm, the UC Santa Cruz student-organized CruzHacks aims to bring together 500 hackers of all backgrounds for a weekend of innovation. The non-profit hackathon hopes to create an environment in which high school and college students can work collaboratively to... Read More

Dash Quasar logo, finalist for The Game Awards

UC Santa Cruz Team Among Five Finalists for ‘Best Student Game Award’ at The Game Awards

Dash Quasar is a seated Oculus VR game starring Alex, a grounded kid who fights his crippling boredom using household items to play his favorite video game and defeat his nemesis, the evil teddy bear Dr. Hugs. The game was among the five finalists for “Best Student Game,” at one of the most... Read More

Front row, left to right: Nicolle Ayon Campos, Maelia Uy-Gomez, Angela Santos, Jazmin Maravilla Mendoza.  Back row, left to right: MEP Academic Counselor Jennifer Wood, Arturo Lopez, Frank Osorio, Erika Staud, Lawrence Lawson

Connecting UCSC Students with Industry to Launch STEM Careers

Eight talented University of California Santa Cruz students gathered in downtown Los Angeles in a step towards becoming the diverse leaders of tomorrow’s tech and engineering workforce. MESA’s Student Leadership Conference brings together hand-picked engineering and computer science students with... Read More

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