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Kadenze

June 16, 2015 09:15 ET

Kadenze Brings High-Quality Creative Arts Education Platform Online

Arts-Based Curriculum to Be Delivered via Advanced Technology Platform, With Courses From Princeton, Stanford, California Institute of the Arts, and Other Institutions

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 16, 2015) - Kadenze launches today, bringing to life an online learning platform purpose-built for the arts and creative technologies. Kadenze pairs world-class instructors with a digital platform specifically created to support an online arts-based curriculum. Open to learners anywhere in the world, Kadenze launches in partnership with creative arts departments at leading universities and institutions, including: 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 in Macau, University College Cork in Ireland, National University of Singapore, and the Processing Foundation.

Kadenze fills a void in the online education world, as there are no arts-focused platforms that deliver the right experience or assess students' work properly. Kadenze's technology platform enables media-rich lessons and assignment submissions, including algorithms to analyze and measure students' performance and progress as they complete courses.

Kadenze.com allows students to choose the option that best fits their needs:

  • Free: Enroll in any available course, watch video lectures, participate in forums
  • Premium: Submit assignments, receive grades, build and share portfolio and resume, receive discounts in Kadenze bookstore, take courses for credit, and more
  • Credit: Take courses for actual college credit

Select Kadenze courses are offered for college credit at a cost that allows access to students around the world. At launch, nearly half the courses in the Kadenze catalog can be taken for credit.

"Many students who dream of studying creative arts and technology face crippling financial barriers, or simply don't have access to educational opportunities," said Dr. Ajay Kapur, Ph.D, CEO and co-founder of Kadenze Inc. "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. Together with our strong academic partners, we strive to make that access a reality."

"Kadenze's art and music courses are the breadth of artistic scope," said Chris Chafe, Professor of Music and Director of Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. "In working with the Kadenze team every step of the way to develop and build the courses we will offer, there is no doubt in my mind that Kadenze will change the way we view online education."

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

"Kadenze offers students the opportunity to learn from the best and brightest in arts-focused education. We view ourselves as a bridge, and our goal is to connect students and institutions in a way that elevates everyone," said Dr. Perry Cook, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and co-founder, Kadenze, Inc., and Ajay's professor from Princeton. "We have worked hard to execute on our specific vision, and today we are honored to share Kadenze.com with the world."

About Kadenze, Inc.

Kadenze, Inc. is an education technology company built to address the needs of students and faculty in the arts and creative technology. Kadenze delivers a first-of-its kind creative arts education, providing access to the highest quality online interactive courses and an engaged network of schools, instructors, and students.

Founded in 2013 by Ajay Kapur, Ph.D., Perry Cook, Ph.D., Jordan Hochenbaum, Ph.D, Owen Vallis, Ph.D., and Ashok Ahuja, Kadenze and its supporting technologies are the product of extensive academic experience and research.

Kadenze was conceived by passionate arts and creative technology educators Ajay Kapur and Perry R. Cook. In 2012, they were awarded a National Science Foundation grant to study methods of teaching computer science to non-programmers, specifically art students. Using available online learning platforms, they offered a course that garnered 45,000 enrolled students. This process made it clear to them that there are limited options for these types of courses, and serious challenges involved in effectively measuring students' work.

The founding and executive team is augmented by others with deep experience in arts technology education, machine learning, and with business and serial entrepreneurial expertise.

To learn more, visit www.kadenze.com and follow us on Twitter @KadenzeOfficial.

Kadenze is a trademark of Kadenze, Inc.

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