Call for Students: Spring ‘20 New Coders Bootcamp

  • One Week, Monday March 23rd — Friday March 27th, 2020
  • @ SFPC, 155 Bank Street, West Village, NYC
  • 10am - 1pm, Morning Classes with optional afternoon working sessions
  • Applications are closed

School for Poetic Computation’s Bootcamp introduces the foundations of coding to beginners by creating visual art and animations in openFrameworks. This 5 day session will be open both to incoming SFPC students and anyone who wants to learn to code. The bootcamp will be taught by Matt Jacobson, Robby Kraft and Alex Miller.

During this week students will be coding in C++, learning concepts like variables, memory, and scope; branching, looping, boolean evaluations, and logic; functions, recursion, and events; object-oriented design; and working with media like video, sound, and responding to keyboard and mouse inputs. Students will become competent in Xcode/Visual Studio, GitHub, and openFrameworks.

Who are the teachers?

  • Robby Kraft - is an origami artist, educator, and software engineer based in New York City.
  • Alex Miller - is a programmer, teacher and artist interested in real-time interactive generative systems.


Day 1

  • introduction to code as a medium for creation, different languages and their benefits.
  • introduction to Xcode/VisualStudio, Github, the openFrameworks ecosystem, and the C++ build system.
  • C++ code syntax, OpenGL coordinate system
  • Processing, openFrameworks, Arduino design paradigm: setup() and draw()
  • simple graphics drawing primitives
  • introduction to variables, computer memory, types, scope, and functions.

Day 2

  • functions that return values
  • openFrameworks utility methods, random numbers, time, using sine curves
  • animation and changing states
  • control structures: branching and looping
  • event handlers: mouse and keyboard

Day 3

  • container data structures
  • object-oriented design
  • classes, methods, properties, and states
  • ofPoint and other openFrameworks primitives

Day 4

  • more openFrameworks object types: polylines, vectors, cameras
  • ofxAddons, community extensions to openFrameworks
  • transformations
    • rotate, translate scale
    • push, pop matrices
  • function recursion

Day 5

  • C++ standard library types
  • reading and writing data
  • displaying images, playing audio, capturing video
  • classwork and examples in other programming languages

What will happen during this one-week bootcamp?

Classes are held in the morning Monday-Friday from 10am-1pm. After class, the space will be open and teachers will be around to help with any of the assignments and questions you may have.

SFPC fosters a collaborative and relaxed learning environment. We value your questions and want to make sure all students feel comfortable engaging with the teachers and material fully. Read our Participate page for more information on what our classes feel like.

How much is tuition?

$500 USD for the 1-week program. You’ll also need to cover your own cost of living, including housing and meals (recent alumni report this to be in the range of $500 - $1000). Upon payment, your space in the class will be reserved.

We are committed to being fully transparent about how we make and spend money. In the spirit of radical openness and generosity, on which the school was founded, we open-source our finances on Github. There, you can read financial reports and download raw statements.

What if I can’t go, can I get a refund?

  • Yes, we can give you 100% refund up to 5 days before class starts
  • 50% refund after 5 days, until the first day of class
  • No refunds can be given after the first day of class

What is expected of me?

  • Come to all classes and thoughtfully engage with your classmates and teachers.
  • We are looking for autodidacts from all backgrounds who are curious, generous and open.
  • We welcome students with a broad array of technical experiences–no coding experience is required, but a basic comfort level with technology is preferred.
  • B.Y.O.Laptop (Mac / PC / Linux)

How do I apply?

Applications for the New Coders Bootcamp - please CLICK HERE.

We accept up to 17 students on a rolling basis. We will respond to your application within ~1 week of submission. Rolling admissions means there are fewer and fewer slots the longer you wait, so if you’re interested in the program get your application in early!

Where is SFPC?

We are located at 155 Bank Street, in the courtyard of the Westbeth Artists’ Community in Manhattan’s West Village, New York City.

Feel free to reach out to us if you have questions about the school:

SFPC is filled with amazing people and an open mindset to learning, and doing. It has taught me different ways of thinking, ones that I would be sure to bring back to my endeavors outside of the art world.

Ying Quan Tan

I'm half way through the program and I'm already missing being here. SFPC was a much needed breath of fresh air in my hectic creative existence, an unlikely place to stop and remind myself what was it I was into in the first place.

Fernando Ramallo

SFPC messed up my life a little bit. Actually, I think it's going to mess it up a lot. Before this program I thought I knew what I was doing and what the shape of my life was going to look like. Now I don't and each day I wake up scared I won't get to be a part of a community like this again. Everyday also now brings a fresh but welcome creative terror to overcome. Also I think I may have ended up moving to New York accidentally.

Amit Runchal

SFPC is the best place you can explore your interest as much as you want and the place you start to write your own poem.

Yosuke Sakai

SFPC is not really a school or a course — it is more like a door into an extraordinary world. It is driven by passion, kindness and the thrill of teaching and learning. I would love to live those inspiring weeks all over again.

Jesse Wolpert

SFPC was amazing — life-changing even — i want to do all this stuff for the rest of my life!

Rachel Uwa

I've never been consistently surprised and inspired as much as at SFPC.

Jonathan Dahan

If you think SFPC is what you think, that will be wrong. SFPC is a space for a group of people who badly want to try something new. SFPC will become a spirit embedded in your blood which makes you think things with a different angle, just like its motto: more poetry, less demo.

Paul Cheng

I learned a lot at SFPC. It was only a 2 week program last time, but I learned many things from other participants and got the chance to explore and fail freely. SFPC helped me to reshape the way I think. It's your turn.

Hyojung Seo

School For Poetic Computation is equal parts The Factory, childhood blanket fort, and mad scientist's lab. I learned a ton from the teachers and the whole SFPC community in a huge collaborative and exploratory environment.

Lee Tusman

Attending SFPC is like walking into an all day buffet supplied with food from hyper-talented chefs. There's more than you could ever consume, naturally, and you will most likely find yourself requiring a digestion period, but holy crap is it tasty.

Daniel Wilson

My takeaway from SFPC: Never settle for code that isn't at least a little bit magic

Nathan Rosenberg

In SFPC I found a great community and it gave me the confidence to take on coding projects I couldn't have done before.

Scott Leinweber

SFPC is the purest, most honest exchange of knowledge and experience among peers I have ever experienced. It is a supportive space where everyone learns from everyone, and bridges are built that continue to be strengthened for years to come. You won’t get a certificate or a title at the end of it, but I would be amazed if you ever looked at your world the same again. I haven’t.

Ramsey Nasser