\ Taran Kim

Taran Kim

Animation and Digital Effects professor
Areas of Speciality

3D animation, 3D modeling, rigging and storytelling.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, New York.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Pratt Institute, New York.


Taran (Hyunsuk Kim) is a teacher and artist who is creating himself every moment to evolve ceaselessly. He earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from School of Visual Arts (SVA) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Pratt Institute in New York with a concentration in animation and film.

His multifaceted talents has led him to explore not only animation but also multidisciplinary arts. His animations, films and videos have been screened internationally including Anncey Animation Festival, New York Animation Festival, Brazilian Anima Mundi, Hiroshima Animation Festival, Taiwan International Animation Festival, Tokyo Museum, among many. He has participated in Siggraph, as a presenter in sketch & application, art gallery, and animation theater. His installation and performance works have been shown in numerous galleries and theaters in New York.

As a professional, he has worked as an animator, motion graphics artist, modeler, compositor, video editor, and storyboard artist for agencies in New York such as Time|Meredith, ByteNY, Harold Made, oddest, missing pixel and others, working on nationwide commercials and campaigns, VR project, a TV show, online game and an app. He has also worked as a curator of a gallery and a director of a not-for-profit film organization, organizing art exhibitions, a film festival and workshops for independent filmmakers. His experiences in diverse fields make him versatile as an artist and teacher with manifold perspectives.

As a teacher, he has taught at Pratt Institute and NYU before teaching at UDEM. He has taught 3D animation, 3D modeling, Rigging, Storytelling and Character Design. Today, he is teaching a group of gifted students and creating his new animation. He is learning and evolving together with students to preconceive the right resolutions for the future, which Derrida once said, that can be only anticipated in the form of an absolute danger.