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Introduction to Programming


Admission Requirements

Bachelor diploma


The Introduction to Programming course deals with the basic principles of programming: what is programming and how to write a program to achieve a task? The objective of the course is to get familiar with programming technology in order to prepare students for later projects in which computer technology is employed.

The fundamentals of programming are discussed by means of the relatively easy language Processing, that is similar to Java. The Processing language simplifies programming of visual programs, and yields immediate graphical output. It is ideal for understanding the basics of computer programming. Additionally the basics of Max/MSP/Jitter are included in the course. Small assignments help students apply the topics discussed in class and larger assignments on which they can release their creativity. During lab time there is assistance present to help students with specific aspects of the assignments.

Course Objectives

  • learn the basic principles of programming

  • get familiar with programming technology in order to be prepared for later projects in which computer technology is employed.

Time Table

The dates are included in the Media Technology calendar

Mode of Instruction

Lectures, lab and self study

Assessment Method

Assignments and a written exam


Not applicable

Reading List

Study materials will be provided by the lecturers during the course


Via program coordinator Media Technology: Nanda Milbreta: mediatechnology@leiden.edu, 071-527 6994

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Contact Information

Nanda Milbreta: mediatechnology@leiden.edu

Important Links

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