Rob Burchfield teaches computer animation at LMU. Rob Burchfield was born in Berkeley, California. He graduated from high school in Orange County and attended UCLA, where he received a BFA in the school of Theater, Film and Television with an emphasis in animation studies. After graduation, he continued his studies at several colleges and universities in Southern California. After working for several years in the animation industry, he took an extended tour of North America.
On returning to Southern California, he worked as a multi-pass cameraman, stop motion artist and freelance graphic. He returned to UCLA in 1993 to complete an MFA in Animation. During this period, he taught at LMU as a part-time instructor. In 1996, he was the first instructor hired to teach and direct the newly founded animation major within the Communication Arts Department.
He received the rank of Associate Professor and tenure status in 2004. He has served both as Coordinator and Chairman of the Animation Department.