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CAST launch party: sushi, pecha kucha and Paul the Robot

On Thursday 26 April 2012, the Department of Computing hosted the launch of CAST (Centre for Creative and Social Media).

The event was a huge success and a highly enjoyable evening. Our compere for the evening was Mark Grist, former MA Creative and Life Writing student, and Edinburgh Fringe Slam champion 2010, Mark Grist (markgrist.com), who has just completed two national tours with his performance poetry. His double act, Dead Poets, seeks to challenge preconceptions of poetry and hip hop, and was recently featured on BBC 6 Music with Steve Merchant. Recently, a video of Mark’s rap battle with Blizzard went viral which has earned him a huge amount of media attention with the Independent on Sunday calling him a ‘Face to Watch’.

Our brilliant Pecha Kucha speakers included:

Our speakers were challenged to brevity and impact: 6 minutes and 40 seconds to explore innovation in their field. They did an absolutely fantastic job and we are really grateful to them for their involvement.

Other stars of the evening were Patrick Tresset and Paul the Robot, Annette Walker and her tap-dancing, and Bruno Zamborlin’s incredible Mogees installation which turned the railings on the venue’s staircase into musical instruments.

About CAST

This year, students in CAST have enjoyed Innovation Internships at the Wall Street Journal, Telegraph Media Group, Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), Livestation, Runnymede Trust, and Headshift.

CAST programmes offer interdisciplinary teaching across computing and professional disciplines with students learning applied computing and research methods to complement the fundamentals of journalism, sociology and cultural studies.

CAST is currently accepting applications for the 2012/13 academic year on the following programmes:

MA/MSc Digital Journalism
MA/MSc Digital Sociology
MA/MSc Creating Social Media

International Women’s Day – Women in Computing

On International Women’s Day, we are proud to feature two women from our department: lecturer, Dr. Kate Devlin, and MSc Computer Games and Entertainment student, Ilenia Sparacino. Find out why Kate and Ilenia have been in the Goldsmiths’ news!

We are delighted that our very own Dr. Kate Devlin has been featured on Goldsmiths’ website as part of the student-led Visible Women Campaign:

“I have a huge amount of respect for the women who have shaped modern computing – from the women patch cable operators programming the early computers to fantastic individuals like Grace Hopper, who invented the first compiler. Women have made a wealth of contributions to my field and I am always reminded of them when faced with surprise at being a female in a rather male-dominated area.”

Read more from Kate here.

GAME5HACK: University-Industry Collaboration  – 1 March 2012
Ilenia Sparacino, MSc in Computer Games & Entertainment

What’s been the most challenging thing about the GAME5HACK event?
Making the game work. You can get past the tiredness with plenty of coffee; the challenge comes in overcoming the bugs to make the game playable and fun.

Tell us a little bit about the game you’ve created
It’s called ‘Defeat the Tweet’; the object of the game is to direct a 3D bird through the letters coming out of one of your previous tweets.

What has been the value of collaborating with world-renowned advertising agency M&C Saatchi?
I’ve learnt how to work well as a team, working with professionals rather than just my fellow students. It was difficult at first but I soon adjusted to the environment.

What advice would you offer students considering taking the MSc in Computer Games & Entertainment at Goldsmiths?
If you like programming games then go for it. I’ve developed a broad skillset and had a chance to work alongside a diverse cohort.

More interviews with MSc students, plus info about the GAME5HACK event

Thinking of postgraduate study? Find out more!

Are you interested in postgraduate study? Why not find out more by taking part in our web chat?

Register for the web chat here.

We will have programme leaders and current students taking part so it’s a really good opportunity to ask them anything you like about any of the following programmes:


MSc Computer Games and Entertainment Class of 2011 – 100% employment success rate!

MSc Computer Games and Entertainment graduates all secure computer games and high tech graphics jobs within two months of graduation.

We are extremely pleased for the class of 2010-11. All 8 of our new graduates have secured good positions in games studios or technology/graphics companies (including one self-starter/entrepreneur).

Where are they now? Continue reading MSc Computer Games and Entertainment Class of 2011 – 100% employment success rate!