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David Xu, M.F.A.

Associate Professor, Communication and Arts


  • M.F.A., Pratt Institute
  • B.A., Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Honors and Awards

Siggraph Electronic Theater Awards

Classes Taught

  • ANIM 100: Foundation of Animation
  • ANIM 103: Introduction to Digital Art
  • ANIM 115: Compositing & Sound for Animators
  • ANIM 203: 3-D Animation
  • ANIM 213: Character Design, Rigging and Animation
  • ANIM 314: Advanced 3D Animation Techniques
  • ANIM 400: Portfolio Preparation
  • ANIM 450: Special Effects for Film & Television
  • ANIM 496: Culminating Project
  • CTV 646: Special Effects Editing
  • CTV 690: MFA Independent Study

Research Interests

3D Animation and special effects, Christian-themed, 3D movies

Teaching Philosophy

Professor David Xu's academic philosophy is to achieve an integration of relationships with the Christian faith, both in his teaching and across the educational field. This objective is successfully achieved through love of the profession and of the students.

His goal is to train students as a professional and successful digital artist. To reach the goal, he uses student-centered, project-centered methods to present history, theory, tools, techniques, process and concepts needed to make them professional, successful digital artists. He strives to create a dynamic, interactive environment with step-by-step instructions, hands-on activity and prior-designed projects to encourage students to explore technical and creative solutions.


Professor David Xu is an associate professor at Regent University, College of Arts & Sciences, specializing in computer 3D animation and movie special effects.

As a Chinese American, professor Xu is originally from Shanghai, China. He earned his M.F.A. in Computer Graphics and 3D Animation from Pratt Institute in New York. He has served as a senior 3D animator in Sega, Japan; a senior CG special effector in Pacific Digital Image Inc., Hollywood; and as a professor of animation in several colleges and universities where he developed the 3D animation program and curriculum. He has been a committee member of the computer graphics organization Siggraph Electronic Theater, where he was recognized with an award for his work. His special effect production and 3D animation credits include the movies Matrix and Star Trek, and television commercials for 7UP and AllState. In 2011, he published the book Mastering Maya: The Special Effects Handbook invited by Shanghai People's Fine Arts Publishing House. He loves playing cello and traveling during his spare time.

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