Jason Hopkins - Columbia College Chicago

Jason Hopkins

Assistant Professor



Jason Hopkins received his BA from Amherst College in Fine Arts and also holds a BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his academic career he completed several independent animated shorts including 'Chushingura: The Tale of the Loyal Retainers' which earned him 'Best Animated Short' in the 'Five-College Film Festival, and his Master's Thesis 'Peristalsis' which was exhibited at the Gene Siskel Theater in Chicago. In 2006, at The World Animation Fair, he premiered his independent feature, 'Penguin Delinquency,' and in 2008, completed a medical animation entitled 'Implantation: New Frontiers and the Last Barrier to Human Reproduction' with grants obtained from the Rinehart Center for Reproductive Medicine and Organon Pharmaceuticals. The 16-minute, 3D animated film was shown at the 2009, American Society for Reproductive Medicine Video Session. In 2010, he completed another independent short 'The Tigress,' an adaptation from one of the Jataka Tales.Jason has worked at Anzovin Animation Studios in Massachusetts, Noodlesoup Productions in New York City on the 'Venture Brothers' cartoon series, and at Calabash Animation in Chicago on various commercial endeavors. He is an adjunct professor of 2D and 3D animation for broadcast and gaming, in addition to special topics including digital compositing, lighting, rendering, rigging, and dynamics. At Giannini Creative he worked as a CG Animation Artist in their 3D digital division producing work for clients including Nestle, Hershey's, Gillette, and Coca Cola. He was a rigger and lead animator for the Effie award-winning 'Smart' Hotels.com ads featured in the November 2010 issue of 3D World Magazine and, in collaboration with Studio One Digital, was lead rigger and animator for McDonald's 'Happy' Campaign. He has done work for Little Genius Games on children's educational material and is an online consultant for studios and individuals internationally.

Instructional Areas

I enjoy teaching all aspects of digital art and history from topics including graphic design, motion graphics, 2D animation of all varieties, in addition to the full 3D production pipeline, including compositing and visual effects.

Creative Practice and Research Interests

As an commercial artist, animator, instructor, and independent digital consultant, I am constantly researching and working to solve various technical and aesthetic problems for students and clients alike.


B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2002
M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2004