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Katie Smith, MFA Animation and Digital Arts, 2018

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Affiliated Divisions:

John C. Hench Division of Animation + Digital Arts


Katie Smith is a Los Angeles based story artist and filmmaker with experience boarding for feature films, short films, mini-series, and commercial work. Currently she’s working at Nickelodeon in their feature film division, where previous clients and companies include WildBrain for Apple TV+, Hasbro’s feature film division, Passion Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Blue Sky Studios, and DreamWorks Feature Animation.

In 2018 Katie received her Master’s degree here from USC, where she studied animation and live action filmmaking. Prior to her adventures in grad school and beyond, she lived in New York City for close to seven years while working at Blue Sky Studios as a Production Assistant and later as a Digital Artist. 

When she’s not drawing, writing, and teaching, Katie enjoys stomping around outside, traveling, reading, making (and enjoying) giant cheese plates, and surfing.