Creative Coding for Beginners

Filmuni Summer School | Creative Coding for Beginners
Creative Coding for Beginners with "Processing"

Date: July 2021 (tba), Mo-Fr 9:30 am - 5 pm

Language: English

Number of participants: 8-10                                    

Location: Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Costs: 550,- EUR

Early Bird 500,- EUR before 31 March 2021

Students receive a 10% discount off the regular price.

Professor Dr.  Lena Gieseke from Creative Technologies programme at the Film University Babelsberg is a specialist in software development for film productions and in how to use programming as a tool in an artistic-creative context. In the five-day course "Creative Coding for Beginners", students will gain basic programming skills with the programming language "Processing". In this course Lena puts special attention to teaching techniques and examples that are suitable for students with no technical background nor any prior programming knowledge. The exercises focus on implementing graphics, sound and interaction.

Content & Objectives

In the first part of the course, participants gain an understanding of the art of programming, programming languages ​​in general, and the language-specifics of "Processing". We practice the logical-formal way of thinking required for programming and test it on examples.

In the next part of the course, we investigate the following programming components step by step:

The structure of a program

  • Programme structure
  • Variables
  • Data types
  • Arrays
  • Operators
  • Conditions
  • Loops
  • External libraries

Each newly learned component is practiced directly on exercises. These exercises relate to:

  • Color and graphics
  • Pictures, videos, camera capture
  • Sound
  • Interaction
  • Transformations and animation
  • Stylization

Instructor Professor Lena Gieseke

Lena Gieseke is a professor of Visual Media Technologies in the Film University's Creative Technologies Master programme and responsible for developing the curriculum.

From 2000 to 2004, Lena Gieseke studied Computervisualistik at the Universität of Koblenz and earned a M.F.A. in Dramatic Media from the University of Georgia, USA in 2007. After freelance assignments as a 3D generalist in Los Angeles, USA, she worked for Scanline VFX in Munich as a scripting and pipeline TD from 2008 to 2011 and, until 2012, as application developer for 3DXcite in Munich. In 2012, she started pursuing her PhD at Universität Stuttgart as a scholarship student in the Digital Media doctoral program and as a member of the Visual Computing working group in the Department of Computer Science. Her research is in the field of computer graphics, focusing on procedural image generation and its controllability. In 2015, she spent three months in San Jose, USA as a visiting researcher at Adobe. In 2016, she joined the Film University as professor.

Registration and Participation

The Creative Coding Crash Course is directed at participants aged 18 or older who want to learn programming in a creative context. Participating in the course does not require any previous knowledge of programming or film. We recommend to bring your own laptop to the course.

Participants are asked to register online using our application form. Spots are limited and will be awarded based on registration date after assessment of the application and receipt of the participation fee.

The fee covers the participation in the course, materials and technical equipment. Meals and accommodation expenses are not included and must be covered by participants. We will be happy to provide you with recommendations for accommodations in the vicinity.


  • More information: 

 Monika Richter

    Monika RichterMore information: Monika Richter Leitung | Head of Filmuni Summer School & Kinderfilmuni

    Room 2.048Tel: 0331.6202-793Send an E-Mail

Funded by:

Science + Technolgy + Arts (S+T+ARTS)