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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Jim Egen dons a virtual reality helmet and paddles to test ASSIST lab's stroke rehabilitation game.

UC Santa Cruz creates the state’s first graduate program in Serious Games

The Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz announced the launch of the country’s first professional master’s degree program in serious games. UCSC already offers two of the most highly rated game degree programs in the country: the B.S. in Computer Game Design and the M.S. in Games and... Read More

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