Michael Swann

Media Arts & Animation

Character Technical Director, Dreamworks Animation TV
The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University

Michael Swann

[My education taught me to] make connections and the value of internships. Michael Swann , Character Technical Director, Dreamworks Animation TV Bachelor of Science in Media Arts & Animation, 2013 , The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University
Manages Creation of Rigs from Overseas 

Michael Swann is a Technical Artist for Dreamworks Animation TV in Glendale, California. He manages creation of and reviews rigs from overseas. Rigging is the creative process of designing a creating a skeleton model, allowing the finished product to move. He also attends meetings and reviews model packs.

Michael enjoys the team he works with and recommends that current students work hard to build connections while still in school. He adds that internship opportunities are a great way to gain real-world experience and build a portfolio of work.

Michael, who in 2013 earned a Bachelor of Science in Media Arts & Animation from The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, says that his education emphasized the value of building relationships within the industry. He mentions that it doesn’t just take a degree to earn a job—it takes hard work and sacrifice that employers are able to see within a strong and able candidate.