Creative Computation


Creative computation was a key component in The New You, a new dance choreographed for students by Meadows Prize winner Shen Wei.


Combining engineering, computer science, the arts and humanities, creative computation uses technology as a powerful medium to create 2D and 3D works of art, augmented performance, intelligent physical spaces and real-time interactivity.


The creative computation program is rigorous in its interdisciplinary integration, requiring core coursework in both the Meadows School of the Arts and Lyle School of Engineering.


An underlying principle of the creative computation major is the integration of creative and analytical study and practice, championing a "whole brain" approach.

Yong Bakos

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Yong Bakos

Yong Bakos

Visiting Professor, Center of Creative Computation

With a background in both the arts and software engineering, Yong Bakos pushes the boundaries of cross-disciplinary research and teaching in the Center of Creative Computation. Hailing from Denver, Colo., Bakos previously served as the assistant department head of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at the prestigious Colorado School of Mines, where he taught for six years.

A professional software engineer by trade, Bakos’s education is in art theory and practice (B.A., Northwestern University) and software engineering (M.S., Regis University). As an undergraduate in the early nineties, he struggled to combine education across the arts and engineering disciplines when no such program existed. Years later, the opportunity to teach and cultivate the Creative Computation program at SMU fulfilled a life mission.

Bakos has worked with companies ranging from small startups to Apple. His musicianship has led him through collaborations as an artist and technologist in Chicago and Denver, combining live code and music performance.


Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Communication Studies

Creative Computation

Undergraduate Studies

Center of Creative Computation



Film and Media Arts