Computational Media

Mission Statement
The Computational Media Department (CM) engages in boundary-pushing research and education that integrates technical, interpretive, and design work to create human-centered media that address complex problems for societal impact. 

These are the core values we hold, which form the foundation on which we perform work and conduct ourselves as scholars, researchers, and members of communities:
• Impactful: We create media, experiences and ways of understanding that have an impact in the world we live in. 
• Socially responsible: We actively perform research and education that benefit society at large and advance social goals.
• Open: We embrace diverse ideas, disciplines, approaches, concepts, and methods in our work and community.
• Boundary-pushing: We are forward facing while being reflective of the past. 
• Collegial: We engage in partnership across our communities in a respectful manner. 
• Address “messy” problems: We are unafraid of handling real-world problems that are naturally messy. 

CM hosts the Expressive Intelligence Studio, Social and Emotional Technology Lab, Assistive Sociotechnical Systems for Individuals with Special needs, Creative Coding Lab, Alternative Learning Technologies and Games Lab, Human-Computer Interaction Lab, Human-Robot Interaction Lab, Tech4Good Lab, Augmented Design Lab, Software Introspection Lab, and the Design Reasoning Lab.

CM also hosts the Center for Computational Experiences, a cross-disciplinary center that is home to games and HCI researchers across UC Santa Cruz. 

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

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

Undergrads Kelsey Coffman and Mitch Mastroni created Séance, one of four games created by UC Santa Cruz students that are up for awards at the IndieCade Festival.

UC Santa Cruz student games featured at IndieCade Festival

The game design program at UC Santa Cruz will be well represented at the 2016 IndieCade Festival, which celebrates the best independent games of the year. Four games developed by UC Santa Cruz students have been announced as official nominees for IndieCade awards, and UCSC students will also take... Read More

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