Becky Wible Searles

Becky Wible Searles

Becky Wible Searles

  • B.F.A., University of Cincinnati
  • M.F.A., Pratt Institute
First year at SCAD:

"At age 8 I took up tap dancing and, shortly after that, decided I wanted to be a music teacher. At 12 I aspired to be an actor/playwright, and then at 14 started my own 'art school' in my basement, 'teaching' neighborhood kids how to do art. Having always been drawn to collaborative creative environments, animation and teaching, it was a natural career choice so that I could work with a group of people in a fascinating intersection of the visual, performing and literary arts. I continually learn how to be a better animation director and producer through teaching and how to be a better teacher through directing and producing, all of which often and rewardingly blends together."


"Appearing on-camera twice in the PBS show, 'Reading Rainbow'; being one of 12 people profiled in Scholastic's 'Meet the Mentor' educational series, where my career in stop motion production was converted into a comic book for elementary students; helping grow SCAD's animation department out of the original computer art major; establishing SCAD's stop motion lab and courses on both the Savannah and Atlanta locations."

Awards, recognition and honors

New York Festivals Gold Worldmedal, Parents' Choice Gold Award, Parents' Choice Silver Award, Broadcast Designers' Association silver award, DESI Award, Caples first place award, USA Film Festival finalist (Dallas) and first place at the BACA Film Festival


ASIFA, Society for Animation Studies (SAS), co-founder of StopMoCo Lab (Atlanta)

Publications and presentations

  • "The Animator's Eclectic Guides," (current, in-progress).
  • Profiled in articles in Millimeter Magazine, Screen Magazine and the Puppetry Journal.
  • "Poem," Convergence, Vol. 1.
  • Invited reading, Barnes and Noble, Savannah, Georgia.

Previous Positions

Professor, School of Visual Arts, New York, New York; professor, Pratt Institute, New York; professor, The New School, New York; instructor, Franklin Furnace, New York; instructor, Young Audiences New York; dean of the Art Center Design College, Albuquerque, New Mexico; owner/executive director, One Eighty One Productions Inc., New York

On the Web

Courses Taught

  • ANIM 218 Stop Motion I
  • ANIM 318 Stop Motion II
  • ANIM 385 Concept Development
  • ANIM 390 Animation Professional Development
  • ANIM 395 Group Project in 3-D Animation
  • ANIM 408 Senior Animation Project I
  • ANIM 426 Experimental Animation
  • ANIM 448 Senior Animation Project II
  • ANIM 459 The Short Short
  • ANIM 705 Animation Aesthetics
  • ANIM 713 Drawing in Motion
  • ANIM 721 Storyboarding and Previsualization
  • ANIM 737 3-D Collaborative Project, Animation Portfolio
  • ANIM 753 Animation Studio I
  • ANIM 759 The Short Short
  • ANIM 760 Stop Motion
  • ANIM 762 Directed Projects in Animation I
  • ANIM 764 Experimental Process and Narrative
  • ANIM 772 Directed Projects in Animation II
  • ANIM 778 Animation M.F.A. Portfolio