Kadenze, a MOOC provider that focuses on arts and creative education, joins a number of other MOOC providers that have launched their own credential. Usually, these credentials lie somewhere between a single course certificate and a degree or diploma.
Similar to Coursera’s Specialization or Udacity’s Nanodegree, Kadenze Programs consist of a sequence of courses. Students who complete these courses, along with any related projects in the program, will be awarded a verified Specialist Certificate and a final summative assessment to demonstrate their deep understanding of the topic(s). Some programs even award academic credits.
Kadenze has announced eleven programs. They cost anywhere between $500–$900 and have 2–5 courses. The first course for all programs is free to audit, but you might have to pay for the program to access further courses in the sequence.
Kadenze Programs will be taught by Kadenze’s existing partners: California Institute of the Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ringling College of Art and Design, Paris College of Art, and Simon Fraser University.
Kadenze has also signed up new partner schools, such as Rhode Island School of Design, Columbus College of Art and Design, Arizona State University (Herberger School of Art), Pacific Northwest College of Art, and the School of Visual Arts.
Here is a complete list of the Kadenze Programs that have been announced so far:
- Foundations of Music Technology — four courses for $600.
- Generative Art and Computational Creativity — two courses for $900; three academic credits available.
- Creative Applications of Deep Learning with TensorFlow — two courses for $500.
- Creative Electronics with Arduino — three courses for $500.
- Digital Design Basics: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign — three courses for $900.
- Motion Design — three courses for $900; three academic credits available.
- Photographer to Video in Today’s Gig Economy — five courses for $900.
- The Complete Typographer — five courses for $900.
- Money Matters for Creative Entrepreneurs — three courses for $900; three academic credits available.
- Style and Strategy in French Fashion — two courses for $600; three academic credits available.
- Beginning Class Piano — three courses for $600; two academic credits available.