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Introduction to Creative AI

Explore the ways AI is changing the creative industries, and how you can develop your own career in creative AI.

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Introduction to Creative AI
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study2 hours
  • LearnFree
  • Digital upgradeFree

Discover the use of AI in the creative industries using practical examples

Machine learning is transforming the creative world, in terms of how creative work is both made and consumed. It’s a burgeoning area, with many potential career opportunities.

On this course, you’ll learn exactly what the creative industries are, and the ways they’re being changed by AI. You’ll identify the latest developments in machine learning, as well as the skills you need to get ahead in creative computing.

Throughout, you’ll examine practical examples of creative AI from creative technologists, artists, media creators, and researchers working at the cutting-edge of the field.

Featured in the UK government’s The Skills Toolkit collection.

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Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Understanding AI

    • Introduction

      In these steps, you will find out what you will be exploring through the week, and uncover some of the facts and fiction surrounding AI.

    • What is AI?

      Let’s look at some common definitions of AI, and begin to explore how AI is being used in the creative industries.

    • What impact is creative AI having?

      In these steps we meet some of the artists using AI creatively, and explore the impact that AI technologies are having on their work and on the creative industries as a whole.

    • How can you make new media with AI systems?

      In these steps we will examine what it means to create a ‘new’ work of art and how this concept of ‘newness’ is explored in the context of creative AI.

  • Week 2

    Applying AI

    • Welcome back

      In these steps you will find out what you will be learning in the second week of the course.

    • How do artists use deep learning systems?

      In these steps, you will explore how artists use deep learning systems creatively and how these systems shape their work.

    • How are AI systems developed?

      In these steps, you’ll meet other practitioners working with deep learning and see how they are using it to encourage creativity.

    • Facing the future: careers in this area

      In this activity, you will find out more about working in creative AI, hear from artists currently working in the field and explore the different paths open to anyone interested in forging a career in this area.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe how the creative industries are using AI and machine learning at a basic level.
  • Compare different types of machine learning and AI approaches that are used in the creative industries.
  • Debate the potential of AI to create new media.
  • Summarise deep learning and its application to creative industries.
  • Explain how AI systems are developed.
  • Identify the skills required to work in creative AI.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at early-career creative technologists, established technologists looking to extend their skills, and professionals from wider fields looking to understand more about the importance and opportunities that creative technologies present.

You might also be interested in the other courses in the Essential Creative Technologies collection from UAL Creative Computing Institute, Lancaster University and the Institute of Coding.

Who will you learn with?

Mick Grierson is Professor of Creative Computing at UAL Creative Computing Institute.

Who developed the course?

UAL Creative Computing Institute

The UAL Creative Computing Institute (CCI) offers innovative new courses, research opportunities and a public platform to explore computer science and creative practice.

Institute of Coding

The Institute of Coding is a family of learners, businesses and educators creating a new way to develop the digital skills needed at work and beyond.

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What's included?

UAL Creative Computing Institute are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible