Both of my degrees have helped me to develop versatile and universal computer skills. I can quickly adapt to different types of programs and get results, and it has also helped me develop creative problem solving skills. Some of the programs I have learnt include MS Office Suite, Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Premier, Encore), Final Cut, Logic, Pro Tools.
Java & Processing
Throughout my study and the variety of projects I have participated in, my coding skill have become flexible and adaptable. My grounding is in Java, and to accommodate the creative coding aspect of my degree we were taught how to use Processing. Primarily visually orientated Processing is a versatile program that enables artists to create stunning, dynamic visual art.
Processing also integrates very easily with Arduino expanding the range of projects possible into the electronic and robotic domain. A final year group project involved creating an interactive installation involving solenoids and small toy traffic cones and a home made instrument using a drill case.
Max/MSP & PD
Another versatile program I use is Max/MSP. It is a powerful object based programming tool where code can have a non-linear structure.Whilst the majority of projects were audio and video based - creating sequencers, VJ interfaces, etc., I also availed of Max/MSP to carry out a user study in a lab setting. 32 computers were linked together and controlled by 1 center computer. The aim was to get users to carry out specific tasks whist experiencing auditory distractions. The auditory files were specific recordings loaded into the program and triggered by the tester at random intervals throughout the study.
The open source alternative to Max/MSP is PD (Pure Data). There are many similarities between these programs and I used this program in teaching at the CyberCamps taking place at the University of Limerick. The aim of these camps is to introduce and encourage young children (secondary school level) to coding and robotics. At these camps I taught PD and Arduino.