Computing That Serves

Why are students from a University in the middle of Utah finding so much success in Hollywood?


Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 12:00pm


R. Brent Adams

Colloquium in 1170 TMCB

The Animation Major and CS Animation Emphasis programs at BYU have enjoyed an amazing amount of success over the past few years. Students from the two programs have been hired by virtually every major animation and game studio. What has allowed it to be so successful? What are the students here doing differently than students from the thousands of other schools teaching animation and computer graphics that makes them so interesting to these major studios? Why is BYU putting so much effort in to this area anyway?


R. Brent Adams has been a professor at Brigham Young University for 30 years. He has worked in computer graphics for nearly that same amount of time. While working as a Designer in Architecture in the early 1980’s, Brent was fortunate to be one of the early users of 3-D Design software. As capabilities improved in Computer Graphics Brent left Architecture and started a Consulting business writing third party software for Architects and Engineers pushing the capabilities of both 2D and 3D graphics. His digital artwork is in the permanent collections of several Museums, and has been published in several international art and design magazines.

After several years of teaching computer graphics to Interior Design, Photography, Product Design and Automotive Design majors, Brent was able to fulfill a dream of helping to create a new Animation Major at BYU. His students have won 11 Student Emmys and 4 Student Academy Awards since the creation of the Animation Major ten years ago. Brent is a former David Evans Endowed Professor of Computer Graphics at BYU and is currently the Director of the Center for Animation.