Chris “Topher” Maraffi Bio

Starting in Fall 2022 I will be teaching as a tenure-track Art+Design faculty at North Carolina State University. At NCSU I will be developing curriculum in visual effects and character animation for interactive media, including courses in virtual production and serious play design for extended reality (XR) experiences. For the past four years I have been an Assistant Professor in Multimedia Production at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), where I taught game design, 3D animation, and XR courses in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies’ BA and MFA programs.

I have an MFA in Digital Arts & New Media and MSc in Computer Science from the University of California Santa Cruz. Working as a broadcast designer and animator in New York City throughout the 1990s, I designed shows and motion graphics for NBC, as well as titles and visual effects for independent films, such as The First Wives Club and Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You. I 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 teaching at FAU, I developed the Media Arts concentration at University of South Carolina Beaufort, and I was the Course Director of the technical animation courses at Full Sail University in Orlando. I’ve also taught classes-workshops at SIGGRAPH, MODS App-titude summer program, UCSC COSMOS summer program, Academy of Art, NYU CADA, School of Visual Arts, NYIT, and The New School/Parsons. Please see the News section for my latest activity.

My wife and I teach social dances such as Carolina Shag, Lindy Hop, and Argentine Tango, and have some instructional videos that can be found on Youtube. Here we are dancing in a Carolina Shag competition in 2017:

Categories: About


I am an Assistant Professor of Realtime VFX and Virtual Production at NCSU, where I teach game design, 3D animation, and extended reality courses in the Art + Design Dept.