Josh Morgan

Senior Lecturer of Computer Science

  • Los Angeles CA UNITED STATES

LMU Seaver College of Science and Engineering




Joshua J. Morgan is the Animation Program Supervisor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television after serving for over a decade as the Animation Technical Services Engineer at Loyola Marymount University, where he has taught Interactive Animation, Game Design, Game Development and Game History. He also teaches Interactive Animation at UCLA, and he has taught Game Prototyping and Game Programming at the Art Institute of Los Angeles.

A native to Southern California, Josh holds a BA in Communication Studies and an MFA in Animation, both from UCLA. He worked in feature animation as a technical coordinator and assistant editor on Shane Acker’s 9 (2009), and as an editorial coordinator on the blockbuster hit Despicable Me (2010).

Josh specializes in educational software development and he has programmed applications and games for the web and mobile devices. He was the lead programmer of Looney Tunes™ ClickN READ Phonics, which taught children to read and featured classic Warner Bros. characters. He has also developed enterprise desktop, mobile and touchscreen kiosk apps for corporate clients.


University of California, Los Angeles

Master of Fine Arts



Attended UCLA Animation Workshop from 2002 to 2005. Completed MFA Thesis in 2012

University of California, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Arts

Communication Studies


Graduated Cum Laude

Major: Communication Studies (Mass Media concentration)
Minor: German


Areas of Expertise

Interactive Animation
Game Design
Mobile App Development
Video Games
Adobe Flash
Unreal Engine 4

Industry Expertise

Motion Pictures and Film
Training and Development

Media Appearances


LMU Magazine  print


Josh Morgan, an animation technical services engineer at LMU, is a lecturer in the School of Film and Television and the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering. He has studied the films of Japanese animation filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and has published an article on the subject in Animatrix, an animation-based journal produced at UCLA. Morgan teaches interactive animation and game design. He was interviewed by Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch.

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Josh Morgan on the Intersection of Comp Sci & Animation, the Artist/Programmer Overlap, & Game Feel

Cara Elvira Salvatore  online


A conversation with Cara Elvira Salvatore as part of her Unconditional Positive Reg(ART) interview series.

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ANIM 250 Intro to Interactive Animation

Nonlinear storytelling for animators and filmmakers with an emphasis on interactive scripting to create user involvement in the unfolding narrative.

The integration of animation and interactivity is explored to show how user-controlled animation for games is different than for film and linear narratives. There is also an emphasis on design issues and scripting for interactivity.

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ANIM 450 Advanced Interactive

Advanced production and design of animated interactive content using industry-standard real-time video game engines. This course places an emphasis on interactive scripting and students develop interactive projects and game prototypes individually or in small groups.

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ANIM 352 Game Design

The iterative process of game design will allow students to develop prototypes of their original games and storylines. Important topics include design issues, balanced play, theming, game theory, intellectual property, and play testing.

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Flying with Miyazaki: Flight as a metaphor for power in "Spirited Away"

Animatrix, Volume 12, 2003

Virtually every animated feature film directed by Hayao Miyazaki, the “master of Japanese animation,” depicts fantastic scenes of flight. By granting his characters the power of flight, Miyazaki conceives visually stunning flying sequences, as his heroes and heroines soar to the outer limits of the dreamscapes he creates. It is just as easy, if not easier, for an animator to make a character fly as it is to make a character walk, and since his medium is animation, there are no limits to the scale or complexity of the flying machines that Miyazaki can construct. Moreover, Miyazaki’s characters do not even need airplanes to fly, because the magic of animation can give anyone the magic of flight. Despite the boundless freedom that animation affords him, however, Miyazaki is very deliberate about which characters he endows with the power of flight, how they are able to fly, and when they can take to the air. The dazzling displays of flying in Miyazaki’s films are not merely for show, but rather, they are masterful metaphors that symbolize the empowerment of the character in flight.

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