Chris 'Topher' Maraffi

Assistant Professor, Media Arts




M.F.A., Digital Arts & New Media, University of California Santa Cruz, 
MSc, Computer Science, University of California Santa Cruz


Topher Maraffi has an MFA in Digital Arts & New Media and MSc in Computer Science from the University of California Santa Cruz, as well as a BCA in painting from University of North Carolina Charlotte. Working as a broadcast designer and animator in New York City throughout the 1990s, he designed shows and motion graphics for NBC, as well as titles and special FX for independent films, such as The First Wives Club and Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You. He started teaching animation at NYU and School of Visual Arts in 1995, and became a certified trainer in New York and San Francisco, authoring three technical books that were on Disney’s recommended reading list. Before moving to Beaufort to develop the Media Arts curriculum at USCB, he was the Course Director of the technical animation classes at Full Sail University in Orlando. In addition to teaching digital media, animation, broadcast and game design classes at USCB, Topher has been an animation judge for the Beaufort International Film Festival for the last two years, and has guest lectured at SIGGRAPH, Animex, and Red Stick animation festivals. An advocate of the STEAM (Art+STEM) approach to experiential learning, his research is at the intersection of art and science, where technical artists leverage the latest digital tools to create the popular arts of our times.


Media Design (MART B102), Digital Imaging (MART B145), Digital Animation (MART B210/310/410), Broadcast Design (MART B250/350), Game Design (MART B281/381/481), Graphic Design (ARTS 245/246), History of Animation in the US (MART/ARTH B201), and Studio Arts for Non-Majors (ARTS B101).