Debra Moorshead

Debra Moorshead

Debra Moorshead

  • BTEC HND, illustration, Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology, 1987
  • B.A. Hons., graphic design, Liverpool Polytechnic, 1989
  • M.A., animation, Royal College of Art, 1991
First year at SCAD:

"During my career as an animator, I was awarded the position of animator in residence at the M.O.M.I. in London. The result of the residency was a film commission from Channel 4 Television. The opportunity to develop and direct my personal film 'El Caminante' was the most satisfying of my professional career. The film was screened at festivals all over the world, and also resulted in my second BAFTA nomination for Best Short Animated Film. The transition from animator to teacher was a creatively satisfying one. I enjoy being a part of the artistic development of students and to see them realize their artistic vision through their personal films."


Channel 4 commissioned "El Caminante," a five-minute 35mm animated film

Awards, recognition and honors

"Touch" nominated for a BAFTA Best Short Animated Film Award; "El Caminante" nominated for a BAFTA Best Short Animated Film Award; Finalist Cartoon d'Or Prize organized by the Association Européenne du Film d'Animation supported by the MEDIA Programme of the EU

Previous Positions

Animator in residence, Museum of the Moving Image, London; in-betweener, "The Thief and The Cobbler"; animator, Hibbert Ralph Studio, Felix Films, Bermuda Shorts, Mojo Animation Studio, Nexus and Picasso Pictures; animation director, Sherbet, London; professor, Kent Institute of Art & Design School of Communication Media; professor, Royal College of Art; professor, Kingston University

Courses Taught

  • ANIM 202 Principals of 2-D Animation
  • ANIM 252 Principals of 3-D Animation
  • ANIM 333 3-D Character Animation I
  • ANIM 385 Concept Development for Animation
  • ANIM 408 Senior Animation Project I
  • ANIM 448 Senior Animation Project II
  • ANIM 504 Character Animation Basics
  • ANIM 713 Drawing in Motion
  • ANIM 724 3-D Naturalistic character Animation
  • ANIM 753 Animation Studio I
  • ANIM 756 Animation Character Performance
  • ANIM 762 Directed Projects in Animation I
  • ANIM 772 Directed Projects in Animation II
  • ANIM 775 Animation Studio II
  • ANIM 779F Graduate Field Internship
  • ANIM 779T Graduate Field Internship
  • ANIM 790 Animation M.F.A. Thesis