Computing & the Creative Arts

CoCA is an exciting multi-disciplinary program for students interested in both Computing and the Arts. You'll learn how to direct, develop and use cutting-edge computer software programs for Music, Art, Drama, and Film production. As part of this offering, you will acquire the technical expertise to design and develop new applications and take full advantage of future trends in digital technology. You'll get the theoretical and historical background necessary to make critical judgements about new approaches to artistic expression and practical knowledge of the challenges faced by creative artists in a digital age.

Students who follow this program will find careers in the video-game and entertainment industries, art galleries, museums, and multimedia design and production, but also in more traditional computer industries as these increasingly adopt multimedia user interface design. There is no lack of jobs for students following this program, which include: 3D Game Developer; New Media Artist; Sound Designer; Art Management; 3D Animator; Computer Graphics Designer; Web Developer; Interaction Designer; Human Factors.

Goodwin Hall
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Undergraduate Chair: 
David Lamb
Undergraduate Assistant: 
Karen Knight

Students apply to Queen’s Arts (QA) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities' Application Centre) website ( Prerequisites include six 4U and 4M courses, including a minimum of three 4U courses, one of which must be English 4U. Applicants outside of Ontario may have additional requirements.

OUAC Codes:

  • QA (Kingston Campus)
  • QB (Concurrent Education, Kingston Campus)
  • QIA (The Castle)
  • QIB (Concurrent Education, The Castle)

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After first year, in May, students will declare their area of study (major, minor, specialization, e.g.). The thresholds are competitive year to year and do change. The current 2017-18 thresholds for COCA are: PENDING LIST 2.3 Cumulative GPA with min grade of B- in CISC12# (No automatic acceptance).

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