Computational Arts News

Woman wears a VR headset.
May 1, 2020

Limitless possibilities: Curious Creatures takes VR to a whole new level

The School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) at York University produces cutting edge research-creation projects that bring together seemingly disparate disciplines – art, mathematics, philosophy, music and virtual reality (VR) – in astonishing ways. With a lab that focuses on “computational worldmaking,” how could it fail to capture imaginations everywhere?


Screenshot of the video game shadowpox.
April 29, 2020

Shadowpox Game Teaches People to Stay Home

Alison Humphrey, Ph.D. candidate in Cinema and Media Arts has created Shadowpox: #StayHome Edition, an interactive videogame to communicate the importance of staying at home. This version is adapted from the previous version of the project developed with Professor Caitlin Fisher (CMA), Professor Steven J. Hoffman of the Faculty of Health and Osgoode Hall Law School, director of the Global Strategy Lab, and scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Population & Public Health; and technical director LaLaine Ulit-Destajo, alumna of Digital Media in AMPD.


The year 2019 is cut on on a dark background with photos faintly shown below
December 19, 2019

Your Favourite Posts from AMPD this Year

It's the end of 2019, a momentous year for AMPD. As we amp up for a new decade ahead, we want to celebrate the moments that you appreciated most on our social media feeds this past year.


Jade dancing on stage
September 25, 2019

AMPD Scholarships – how to succeed and why to apply

Do you want some money you don’t have to pay back? In 2018-19 AMPD students received over 2.2 million dollars in scholarships, awards and bursaries, set up by York’s incredible community of generous supporters! The vast majority of eligible students who apply receive an award.


Sarah Bay-Cheng
September 24, 2019

Welcome from the Dean

The history and foundation of the AMPD community is what propels us forward, emboldening us to pose new questions, devise new methods, and test new limits. This spirit of experimentation and improvisation found throughout our faculty is the difference between keeping up with today and leading the way into tomorrow.


AMPD graphic in blue, white and yellow
September 16, 2019

Nine faculty members join AMPD

Nine new faculty members will join the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD): Shital Desai, Tammer El-Sheikh, Jennifer Jimenez, Susan Lee, Aaron Kelly, Gavin McDonald, Yifat Shaik, Ingrid Veninger and Holly Ward.

“Welcoming new colleagues is always a pleasure, and these new faculty members bring exciting new dimensions to programs throughout AMPD,” said Sarah Bay-Cheng, dean of AMPD. “Their diverse talents, experience, and dedication to teaching will support our students to develop their own visions and skills as they prepare them to transform our world.”


Danielle Robinson
September 5, 2019

Dance prof behind a new pan-University capstone course focused on solving real-world challenges

A new, full-year capstone course is being pilot tested this fall at York University. C4: The Cross-Campus Capstone Classroom brings together third- and fourth-year students from different faculties into multidisciplinary teams focused on solving pressing, real-world challenges posed by organizations operating in both the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds. C4 partners include the Yonge Street Mission, the Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre, Glendon’s Globally Networked Learning Project, and Panoplo Inc.— among many others.