DePaul University’s animation program has grown considerably in recent years, attracting top talent to the Windy City in the process. With undergraduate (BA and BFA) and graduate (MA and MFA) degree offerings, DePaul’s students explore different animation techniques and styles taught by a large roster of faculty that hails from diverse animation backgrounds themselves.
For our latest Spotlight Q&A, we connect with two DePaul animation instructors whose contrasting styles and experience illustrate the program’s breadth and depth. Associate Professor Scott Roberts has been integral to the development of the program. His extensive commercial and artistic portfolio- which includes 3D game art and sculpture- allows him to straddle both DePaul’s Animation and Game Development programs. Veteran Disney animator Brian Ferguson offers his unparalleled insight to students as DePaul’s Animator in Residence instructor. While his work on classics like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast are unforgettable, it’s his ability to go between classical and 3D animation with ease that has us in awe. We hope you enjoy! (This interview was conducted via phone & has been edited for length & clarity).