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Aaron Lyle Upped to Media Arts & Animation Academic Director at The Art Institut

The Art Institute of California Los Angeles has promoted Aaron Lyle to academic director for Media Arts & Animation.

Aarons connections to industry are an enormous benefit to the program and school; our students and faculty will benefit tremendously from his expertise, said Dave Moughalian, dean of Academic Affairs.

After attending the University of Connecticut and Fitchburg State College, Lyle received a Bachelor of Science degree in Film and Photography in 1990 from Ithaca College. He went to work in London at the Four Corners Film Workshop. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Los Angeles to begin his career in photography and the film industry. He joined PDI to work on several films including CLIFFHANGER and T2. He then freelanced on more than 50 films, commercials, and television shows, including OUT ALL NIGHT, CRIMSON TIDE and the PBS series, FOTO NOVELES.

While continuing to freelance in production, Lyle joined Presentation Media Inc., in 1993, to work in post-production and design. There he produced displays and television motion graphics for Saatchi & Saatchi, Del Taco, Pepsi, Del Monte, Toyota, Yamaha, Direct TV, TRW, LSI, JPL, Hughes, DFS West, Decision Quest, Mattel and Northrop Grumman.

He joined digital imaging firm Prolab, in 1997, where he worked with Gensler Architecture, 20th Century Fox, Activision and Paramount. A year later he went to Super Color as a project manager where he supervised presskits for hundreds of movies and television shows, including FIGHT CLUB, STAR WARS: EPISODE I, STAR GATE: SG1, HIGHLANDER, ANTS, BUGS LIFE, PRICE OF EGYPT, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RINGS, AUSTIN POWERS 2, BLADE AND CHARMED. His client list expanded to include Warner Bros., Disney, MGM, Castle Rock, New Line, Fine Line, Polygram, DreamWorks, CBS, Fireworks, Gramercy, Alliance Atlantis, IMAX, Aspect Ratio and Sony Pictures.

While still at Super Color, Lyle began teaching at Learning Tree University, where he taught classes in animation, digital visual effects, motion graphics and design. In 1999, he left his management position at Super Color to open his own design studio, Incite. That same year, he joined The Art Institute of California - Los Angeles as a part-time faculty member in the Animation program. After two quarters, Lyle was offered a full-time position teaching classes in computer graphics, animation, image manipulation and compositing. In 2004, he was promoted to assistant director of Media Arts & Animation, as well as Game Art & Design.

His sense of quality and demanding commitment to excellence are perfectly aligned with our schools mission of preparing students to work in the most competitive marketplace in the country Los Angeles, Moughalian said. Were very excited to have Aaron in this role.

The Art Institute of California - Los Angeles offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Arts & Animation. The degree program lasts approximately four academic years and contains 192 quarter credits, including 56 quarter credits in general education courses. The objective of the program is to help the student attain a fundamental grounding in computer animation, including an introduction to the theory and practice of characterization, scriptwriting and storyboarding, animation, 3D modeling, computer graphics, and multimedia.

The Art Institute of California Los Angeles is one of The Art Institutes (, with 31 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary professionals. The parent company of The Art Institutes, Education Management Corporation ( is among the largest providers of private post-secondary education in North America, based on student enrollment and revenue. EDMC has 70 primary campus locations in 24 states and two Canadian provinces.