Robin King


We’re teaching people about content, about story, about character – we want to make Chinese characters come alive, we want to tell Chinese stories, because they’re going to enhance China’s stature in the world in years to come.

 Prof. Robin King is a world-renowned authority on animation education and the digital animation industry, with over thirty years of teaching and training experience. He was the founder of the famous Sheridan Computer Animation Program in 1982 that has graduated many Academy and Emmy Award winners as well as directors, animation supervisors and senior staff at companies such as Disney, Industrial Light and Magic, Dreamworks, Sony Imageworks and many other producers across the globe.

Previously, he has consulted, designed and supervised the development of a number of other ground-breaking digital media facilities such as the Living Arts Centre (Toronto), the Digital Content Institute (Taipei), and he advised Centro Digital Pictures on the development of the Digital Media Centre at Cyberport (Hong Kong).

Over the past 20 years, he has consulted for government and educational institutions in more than 20 countries across 4 continents.  With over 14 years experience in China, he was Chair at Peking University for three years, a consultant to the Communications University of China in Nanjing and has lectured at over 25 universities across the country.  In 2001, he won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian New Media Awards Academy.

Professional Positions

  • 2007 VP and Chief Technical Officer: Institute for Digital Design (IDD): Beijing
  • 1985 – present Imagina Corporation. President and C.E.O.
  • 1967 – 69 University of Waterloo. Staff Photographer – Engineering Photographic Dept.
  • 1965 – 67 University of Waterloo. Ontario, Canada. Research Technologist. Physics Dept.
  • 1963 – 65 Royal Military College of Science. Shrivenham, England. Research Assistant. Physics Department.
  • 1962 – 63 British Railways Research Division. Swindon, England. Chemical Analyst.
  • Academic
  • 2007 Honorary Chair and Consultant. Nanguang Institute: Communications University of China: Nanjing
  • 2004 – 7 Chair: Digital Art and Design Program. School of Software. Peking University
  • 2001 Sheridan College: Professor Emeritus
  • 2000 Sheridan College: Director, Strategic Innovation
  • 1998 – 99 Sheridan College: Director, Alliances and Research
  • 1996 – 97 Sheridan College: Director, School of Design and Communication Director: New Media Development
  • 1993 – 95 Sheridan College: Chair: Communications, Media and Performance.
  • Programs: Computer Graphics, Computer Animation, Graphic Design, Applied Photography, Media Arts.
  • 1991 – 93 Sheridan College: Chair: Program and Curriculum Development
  • School of Visual Arts. Responsible for 2nd and 3rd Years of all Programs in the Faculty of Visual Arts.
  • 1988 – 91 Sheridan College: Chair: Computer Graphics, Computer Animation
  • 1985 – 88 Sheridan College. Director, Sheridan Computer Graphics Laboratory. Coordinator – Computer Animation Program.
  • 1983 Sheridan College. Coordinator of Post-Diploma Program in Computer Graphics and International Summer School in Computer Graphics. F.V.A.
  • 1980 Sheridan College. Coordinator for the Centre for Creative Studies – Faculty of Visual Arts
  • 1978 – 80 Sheridan College. Coordinator of the Program in Applied Photography.
  • 1971 – 78 Sheridan College. Full-time Faculty, School of Visual Arts. Applied Photography.
  • 1969 – 71 Conestoga College. Part-time Faculty. Photography Department.


  • 2008 – Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics: India
  • 2007-8 Autodesk: Motion Builder Curriculum technical review
  • 2007-8 Mindwalk Studios: Beijing
  • 2007-9 Consultant: Communications University of China – Nanjing
  • 2005-7 Autodesk Inc. Center of Excellence: Mumbai. India
  • 2003 Centro Digital Pictures: Concept and Technical Review Consultant for the Digital Media Centre: Cyberport, Hong Kong.
  • 2002 – 2005 Digital Content Industry Promotion Office, Ministry of Economic Affairs Government of Taiwan. Responsible for strategic planning, international cooperation, academic analysis and planning, co-production strategies etc.
  • 2000-2002 Multiple Monitor Computing: Research and Development Project; Sheridan College.
  • 1999- 2000 Concept Development. Sheridan Centre for Animation and Emerging Technologies
  • 1997 – 2003 Tricore International, Tokyo
  • 2000 KPMG Connected Intelligence Project – Madeira)
  • 1997 Multimedia University – Malaysia
  • 1996 ICE Multimedia, Toronto
  • 1996 Nanyang Polytechnic University, Singapore
  • 1994 Chair: Peer Review Panel. Hong Kong Baptist College. Bachelor of Social Science (Hons.) in Communication. Graphic Communications Option.
  • 1992 – 97 Living Arts Centre in Mississuaga: Concept Design and Visual Arts Consultant.
  • 1992 Curriculum Review Panel Member: Provincial Review of the Ontario College of Art.
  • 1983 – 90 Consultant. Various academic, public and private sector institutions in Canada and U.S. including Minneapolis College of Art and Design, University of Southern Illinois, Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design, Ontario Hydro, TV Ontario, Northern Telecom, Plessman Publishing etc.


  • 1990 Comments: The Canadian Photographer. Premiere Issue, April
  • 1988 Computer Graphics and Animation as Agents of Personal Evolution in the Visual Arts. Proceedings of the First International Symposium on ElectronicArt. The Netherlands. Sept. 24-Oct 1.and Electronic Art: Supplemental Issue. Leonardo. 1988
  • 1988 Aesthetic Experience, Creativity and Computer Graphics. Proceedings – NCGA’88. Anaheim, California. March 20-24.
  • 1987 Graduate Education in Computer Graphics and Animation: Program Design and Curriculum Development. Proc. of 1987 IBM University Advanced Educational Projects Conference. Boston, Mass. June 27-30.
  • 1987 Artificial Intelligence, Creativity and Computer Graphics. Proceedings AUSGRAPH ’87 : Perth, Australia. May 4-8.
  • 1985 Using a Computer for Photography. Digitalk: Spring 1985.
  • 1985 Rasters in Revolt: Critical Issues in Computer Graphics Education for the Visual Arts. Tutorial Notes. National Computer Graphics Association Annual Meeting and Conference. Dallas, April
  • 1984 The Development of Computer Graphics Curricula for Design Education. In EUROGRAPHICS’84 .Elsevier Science Publishers B.V., Amsterdam, 1984.
  • 1984 Critical Issues in Computer Graphics Education for Graphic Design. Proceedings of Computer Graphics Tokyo’84. Tokyo, Japan. Also in Computer Graphics: Theory and Applications. Edited by Tosiyasu Kuni.
  • Springer-Verlag, 1984.
  • 1984 Computer Graphics Education for Artists and Designers. Tutorial Notes SIGGRAPH’84, Minneapolis.
  • 1984 A Structural Model of Creative Process for Improved Graphics Interface Design. In ‘Advances in CAD/CAM: Case Studies’, Kluwer Academic Press.
  • 1984 A Graduate Level Program in Computer Graphics for the Visual Arts. Conference Award Paper. San Jose State University, January.1983
  • 1983 A Graduate Level Program in Computer Graphics for the Visual Arts. SIGGRAPH ’83 Panel: ‘Computer Graphics in Higher Education’. Chair – Dr. James D. Foley. Proc. SIGGRAPH’83, Vol. 17. No. 3, pp 31-34.
  • 1980 A General Systems Model of the Creative Process. ‘General Systems Research and Design: Precursors and Futures’ Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth North American Meeting of the Society for General Systems Research with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Toronto,
  • 1979 A General Systems Analysis of the Creative Process in Visual Art. Unpublished M.A. Thesis. York University. Downsview, Ontario.
  • 1967 Charge Compensated O2- in CaF2: Y. K.F.Burr, A.E.J. Strange, R.G.King and L.G. Penhale. Physics Letters, Vol. 24A, No.1. pp 44-45.