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.

Don Relyea

Don Relyea

Adjunct Professor

Don Relyea graduated from SMU in 1992 with B.B.S. in management information science and B.F.A. in studio art (printmaking). Upon graduation, Relyea immersed himself in the multimedia software industry, producing video, interactive CD content and games.

Relyea’s primary focus is on print and video computational art. He writes his own custom art software in C++ and Open GL. He often weaves cultural, social and political dimensions into his work; nature and mathematical forms are also common subjects.

Relyea is also an electronic musician. His first foray into generative art was programming midi-controlled visuals for bands and electronic music projects in the late 1990s.

His work has been in exhibited in galleries and juried exhibitions all over the world. Relyea’s video art has been installed in shows in Oslo, Norway; The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands; the Digital Graffiti Festival at Alys Beach, Florida; W Hotel, Seoul, South Korea; and International Free Exchange Zone in Incheon, South Korea.

He is also an avid inventor with over 40 U.S. patents awarded and over 60 patents pending.


Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Communication Studies

Creative Computation

Undergraduate Studies

Center of Creative Computation



Film and Media Arts