maraffi image


Chris “Topher” Maraffi
MFA, MSc, University of California Santa Cruz

Phone: 954-236-1324 
Areas of Expertise:  Multimedia Art, 3D Animation, Video Game Development, Broadcast Design, and VR/AR UX Design.

Topher Maraffi teaches courses in multimedia production on FAU Davie campus, including preproduction art, 3D animation, and video game design. He comes to FAU from University of South Carolina Beaufort, where as an Assistant Professor he developed the media arts concentration in the Studio Arts degree program. He has a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts & New Media and a Masters of Computer Science from University of California Santa Cruz. His thesis work was on Performatology, which involved the computational study of actor pose quality in motion capture data.

Maraffi worked in television and independent film production throughout the 1990s, as a staff artist and animator for NBC owned and operated networks, and as a freelancer on films such as Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You and The First Wives Club. As a certified 3D animation trainer, he taught courses at NYU, NYIT, Parsons New School, School of Visual Arts, Academy of Art, and Mesmer Animation Labs. From 2001-2008, Maraffi was the Course Director of the technical animation courses at Full Sail University, and wrote several 3D animation books on Softimage and Maya that were on Disney Animation’s recommended reading list. He has taught workshops and masters classes at SIGGRAPH, Red Stick Animation Festival, and Animex, and presented research papers at EVA, AIIDE, ICIDS, FDG, and Digital Humanities conferences.

View selected projects and publications at