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Nicolás Villarreal

Executive Director of Visual Development, 2D Animation and Art Direction / Schools of Visual Development and Animation & Visual Effects

Villarreal graduated with honors from the Master’s program at Academy of Art University in 2002. He has worked as a traditional animator, character designer, sculptor, and Visual Development artist for film and video game companies, including Walt Disney Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment, Jim Henson Studios, Sega, Digital Domain, Reel FX, and Amazon Studios.

He has given presentations and screened his films at Pixar Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Blue Sky Studios, the Sydney Opera House and several universities in South America and Europe.

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Nicolás Villarreal's Work

Fall 2022 Part-Time Faculty

Faculty MemberBackground
Michael JudgeSan Francisco State University, San Francisco, California (Bachelor of Arts, Cinema)
Michael ShindeAcademy of Art University, San Francisco, California (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Development)
Steve GalgasColumbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, Ohio (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Media Studies Time-Based)
Thomas DenmarkAcademy of Art University, San Francisco, California (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration)
Vincenzo BarkasyAcademy of Art University, San Francisco, California (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Development)
Wilbur LiangSan Jose State University, San Jose, California (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Animation and Illustration)

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