Dr Scott L Smith

Dr Scott L Smith BFA, MFA, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Swansea

E-mail: Scott.L.Smith@uwtsd.ac.uk

Scott L Smith

  • SAND Coordinator
  • MA 3D Computer Animation tutor
  • BA (Hons)/MArts 3D Computer Animation tutor
  • Contextual Practices lecturer

Dr Smith has been teaching since 1999, leading educational programmes in computer animation since 2002.  Prior to immigrating to Swansea in 2006, he worked in his native country the USA.  Giving him experience in both countries’ educational systems and 3D animation industries (which as an industry is extensively international and globalised).  He remains connected to a wide and gregarious network of former students and colleagues who have done exceptionally well in the CGI industries, including games, animation, visual effects, and in education, with former students who have gone on to become lecturers.

Dr Smith was invited by the UK visual effects industry in 2010/11 for a series of panels advising the Hope-Livingstone review, conducted by NESTA and Skillset on the skills requirements required to support and grow the video games and visual effects industries in the UK.  The independent review was commissioned by the UK Government and the invited panel members represented the leading individuals in the fields of visual effects and video games education alongside the major industry representatives in the UK. 

The panel was limited to twenty individuals and led to the publication of the Next Gen. report, which was cited as evidence by Parliament in updating the National Curriculum with provision for programming, among other impacts from the report. Dr Smith has experience in writing new modules for validation, having worked on the MA 3D Computer Animation in Swansea, prior to its launch approximately in 2008. 

He has also led revalidations as programme director for the BA (Hons) 3D Computer Animation course at Swansea and served on validation panels for other programmes.  He is the external examiner for the BDes (Hons) Animation programme at Ulster University for 2018-2022. Swansea Animation Days (SAND) an annual industrial conference has been running for a number of years, and Scott was selected to help with its relaunch, by serving as SAND Coordinator, contacting speakers, local colleges, and animation and games companies and programming the two-day event, with attendance by industry, education staff, and university and college students. 

He also served with the Copper Coast International Film Festival (CCIFF) in the capacity of Lead Juror for the Animation Category, appointing the other jurors and dividing the short animation films into categories, and leading and organising the voting system.

In Dr Smith’s professional practice, he has created animation work with external clients such as Belron, the international windshield manufacturing company. Through the university’s commercial services department, he delivered seven animations over a period of two years, which visualized various scenarios involving automobile windshield such as: Crack Progression due to Cyclical Stress at the Glass Molecular Level, Cracking in Frosted Windshield Glass warmed by interior heating, Solar Heating Expansion in Windshield Glass-assisted by Dan Nicholson. 

Air Conditioner Cooling of Expanded Solar Heated Windshield Glass-assisted by Dan Nicholson. Hertzian Cone Cracking in Windshield-assisted by Dan Nicholson, and Star Cracking in Windshield Glass-assisted by Dan Nicholson. For the past several years Scott has been working on his PhD in Computer Visualization, as part of his studies, holding two public exhibitions of visualization work, some accomplished through 3D animation methods, and published a conference paper, as well as an article. 

Scott’s thesis ‘Sense of place visualization for the whaling station remains of South Georgia Island’ was successful and has passed the examining committee as having added knowledge in its field.  As previously mentioned he has served as the programme director for the BA 3D Computer Animation degree at Swansea (2007-2013) and is the programme tutor for the MA 3D Computer Animation programme.

2017      ‘Spaces of Uncertainty at Centrespace’ Centrespace gallery, Visual Research Centre, Dundee Scotland. Audio-visual works and a related publication are the outcomes of interdisciplinary workshops that focussed on geographical representations of place, designing and conceptualising a virtual laboratory, uncertainty as an artistic praxis and the precarity of the moment.  Exhibition 10-13th February, 2017 

2017      Gregor International Calendar Award 2017. ‘Stuttgart Under Construction’ Calendar (photographer credits).  Exhibition 27 January to 17th February,  2017 daily from 11h to 18h in the Haus der Wirtschaft, Willi-Bleicherstr. 19, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany.  Award of Excellence for Active Citizens Protest.  http://www.gregor-calendar-award.com/anmeldung/

2017      105X150, Small format artworks to raise funds for Medecins Sans Frontiers, exhibit/sale 9-10th December, 2016 ABK-Stuttgart,  Stuttgart Germany ‘Pattern of Caught’  2016 coloured pencil and ink on paper, https://www.instagram.com/105x150/

2017      ‘Under Construction’ projected video and CGI synthesis, sound by Isle en Sol.  Part of the ‘works in progress’ Spaces of Uncertainty Summer Academy exhibition, Württembergische Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany https://goo.gl/zPUWCu.  (group) 14 September, 2016, 7:00 pm

2016      Exhibition,:  Scott Smith The South Georgia Effect, Centrespace Gallery at the Visual Research Centre, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, projected video, CGI synthesis, stop-frame animation and immersive olfactory installation (solo) 20th-23rd January

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/exhibitions/exhibitions/scott-smith-south-georgia-effect/ 

2015      “Stopmotion Photowalk Animation for Spatial Immersion in a Remote Cultural Heritage Site” Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA) 2015, conference presentation. http://dx.doi.org/10.14236/ewic/eva2015.33

2014      Article "Grytviken, South Georgia Island", Industrial Archaeology News for the Association of Industrial Archaeology. Summer 2014, quarterly http://industrial-archaeology.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/IANews169Summer2014.pdf 

2009      Theoretical visualisation of Crack Progression due to Cyclical Stress at the Glass Molecular level for Belron company. Animation. SMU commercial services project.

2009      Animated scientific visualisation of Cracking in Frosted Windshield Glass warmed by interior heating for Belron company. SMU commercial services project.

2008      Animated scientific visualisation of Solar Heating Expansion in Windshield Glass for Belron company, assisted by Dan Nicholson.  SMU commercial services project.

2008      Animated scientific visualisation of Air Conditioner Cooling of Expanded Solar Heated Windshield Glass for Belron company, assisted by Dan Nicholson.  SMU commercial services project.

2008      Animated scientific visualisation of Hertzian Cone Cracking in Windshield Glass for Belron company, assisted by Dan Nicholson.  SMU commercial services project.

2008      Animated scientific visualisation of Star Cracking in Windshield Glass for Belron company, assisted by Dan Nicholson.  SMU commercial services project. 

2007/2008   CGI and Visual Effects Supervisor for Boudica Bites Back, a short film directed by Ken Russell, produced by CIRIC, Swansea Metropolitan University (UWTSD).

2003      Florida Entertainment Industry Incubator, Miami Beach, FL

Icy Spicy Eats, video, Editor, Visual Effects Artist, and Script Supervisor. 

2001      M. F. A. Thesis Screening, International Fine Arts College, Miami, FL  Orchid Park, projected video Director, Editor, Animator, Modeler, Compositing, Screenwriter.  Awarded “Best Compositing” 

1996      B. F. A.  Exhibition, Kansas State University, painting/sculpture  (solo)

1994      Showcase Manhattan 1994 Manhattan, KS, Jurored, pastel on paper entitled ‘Still Perspective’

  • 2018-2021 External Examiner for Ulster University, BDES (Hons) Animation
  • SAND (Swansea Animation Days) 2018 Coordinator
  • SAND 2017, faculty organiser
  • mini-SAND 2012, Organiser
  • SAND 2008, faculty assistance and organisation
  • SAND 2007, faculty assistance and organisation
  • SAND 2006, faculty assistance and organisation