Kadenze, an Education Platform for Tech-Oriented Artists, Launches


Kadenze is a new online learning platform that focuses on tech-oriented creative arts education in an online format.

Sixteen academic institutions in the US and abroad have joined a shared effort to provide quality instructional content for tech-oriented creatives and students. Among the universities offering courses are Stanford, UCLA and the Goldsmiths University of London. The platform offers free, premium and for-credit- courses.

The platform is designed to facilitate media-rich lessons and offers interactive technologies to support collaboration, coursework presentation and feedback sharing according to CampusTechnology.

Learners can receive college credit for courses they complete on Kadenze. Course pricing starts at $300 per course and up to $900 depending on the unit number. At the moment, about half the courses offered by Kadenze are for-credit courses.

Students choosing the free learning option can enroll in any available course, participate in Kadenze forums and watch educational videos on the platform.

Apart from the free learning, individuals can choose the premium package at $7/month which enables students to receive college credit for courses they complete, submit assignments, receive coursework grading, and build and share a portfolio and resume on the platform.

"Many students who dream of studying creative arts and technology face crippling financial barriers, or simply don't have access to educational opportunities," Ajay Kapur, CEO of Kadenze said. "Whether they are trying to prepare for college, return to school or simply expand their education, I believe that everyone should have access to the highest quality education available."

The Kadenze founders believe that the platform enables universities to monetize educational content digitally:

"To properly recognize content creators in the educational process, Kadenze's unique business model provides for revenue shares with institutions and course authors."

The platform features algorithms that helps analyze and measure learner performance and progress as they advance into their course material.

"We're very enthusiastic about the robust assessment tools Kadenze offers and the ease with which we were able to put them to use," Don Matthewson, Chief Financial Officer at California Institute of the Arts said in a prepared press release by Kadenze Inc..

According to Perry Cook, one of the company's co-founders, the platform fills a gap in online education by focusing on the educational needs of tech-oriented artists in the music, video and visual fields. The startup has partnered with an impressive list of international academic institutions and one arts foundation:

Princeton University, Stanford University, California Institute of the Arts, UCLA, Otis College of Art and Design, California College of the Arts, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Goldsmiths University of London, Cornish College of the Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, University of Miami, Seoul Institute of the Arts, University of Saint Joseph (Macau), University College Cork (Ireland), National University of Singapore, and the Processing Foundation.

Partner institutions have full discretion to accept credit transfer from schools that offer Kadenze courses. According to Xconomy and Bernadette Tansey:

"Kadenze leaders hope that their partner institutions will embrace credit-swapping in the future. Kadenze plans to expand its course catalog by inviting other schools and instructors to add their courses to the site."

Some of the courses available include: Introduction to Programming for Musicians and Digital Artists, Project Management for Designers, Online Jamming and Concert Technology, Introduction to Graphic Illustration and Web Coding for Artists.

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