Douglas Hudson is an independent animation director, photographer and educator with over fifteen years experience designing and leading highly effective undergraduate curriculum. In addition to teaching, Hudson produces non-commercial short animations that range from stream of consciousness abstractions to wry observational narratives.
Currently he is Associate Professor of Animation at The Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri.
Hudson founded the Animation Department for KCAI in 2005; authoring, implementing and teaching the original NASAD accredited curriculum and serving as Program Head from 2005-2009 and Department Chair from 2009-2013. Presently, the department is the second largest major on campus with a total enrollment of over 100 students.
In addition to many honors and distinctions over the years, three of his students were awarded a Student Academy Award for their senior film, "Dried Up" in 2010. Additionally, a high percentage of his graduates have consistently transitioned directly into the animation industry and/or established alternative creative careers.
At Warner Brothers in Glendale California, Hudson animated for the online cartoon series Gotham Girls and Lobo and was also a member of the first team of animators to produce original Looney Tunes shorts for the Web. Additionally, he designed and taught original coursework for UCLA Extension, American Intercontinental University and College of the Canyons, in Southern California.
Hudson earned a BFA in Animation in 1997 from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and an MFA in Experimental Animation in 2000 from the California Institute of the Arts, under the mentorship of Jules Engel.