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.

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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

Katherine Isbister

Games researcher Katherine Isbister honored by Association for Computing Machinery

Katherine Isbister, professor of computational media at UC Santa Cruz, has been recognized by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) as a distinguished scientist for her contributions to the field of computing. The ACM Distinguished Member program recognizes up to 10 percent of ACM... Read More

Computational media facilities at UCSC include the CAVE Lab for creating three-dimensional virtual environments that multiple users can interact with at the same time. (Photo by C. Lagattuta)

UC Santa Cruz now offering graduate degrees in computational media

The University of California has given approval to UC Santa Cruz to begin offering graduate degrees in computational media, the first comprehensive degrees available at a U.S. university in this rapidly growing and deeply interdisciplinary field. The Department of Computational Media in UCSC's... Read More

Bad News developers James Ryan, Adam Summerville, and Ben Samuel accepted the Audience Choice Award at the 2016 IndieCade Festival.

UC Santa Cruz student games win awards at IndieCade

Two games developed by UC Santa Cruz students won awards at the 2016 IndieCade International Festival of Independent Games, which celebrates the best independent games of the year. The winning games were Bad News, which won the Audience Choice Award, and Threadsteading, which won the Technology... Read More

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