Student Profile: Alina, BSc Creative Computing

Hello! My name is Alina, i’m originally from Kazakhstan, but currently I live in London studying BSc Creative Computing at Goldsmiths University, and I really love it here!

When I came to Goldsmiths for my first year of Creative computing, I had no clue about how to use a programming language or what SQL means… And now as I am reaching towards the end of my course, I feel I have opened a whole new dimension of knowledge and skills for myself. I now feel a lot more freedom and confidence in solving any problem I might come across!

Because the areas of technology and especially computing are evolving very fast from year to year, nowadays, our skills in using computer technology have to evolve together as fast; and this is probably the greatest skill that you grasp on this course. Creative Computing is a great course that not only teaches you how to program, but also gives you freedom to explore your creativity, and it is the main reason why I was eager to chose and study this course in the first place.

When working on a group project I always take on an artistic part of it, as this is what I am best at. I love to create designs, and art scope for any of the projects. Nevertheless such languages as
C++/OpenFrameworks and Processing  are of great interest to me, simply because they allow us to create visual and graphical stuff.
Outside of university, I work part-time in ENRC company, where I take care of IT services as well as assist in some website development projects. During my free time I greatly enjoy exploring Fashion and Art exhibitions and practice my drawing and photography skills!

I hope in the future I could devote myself to many artistic projects, and use programming skills I have gathered in Goldsmiths. One of them, for example, will be a fabric pattern designs created with computer coding.