TMC Founder Roy Montibon has been an educator, teaching and mentoring under-graduates, post-graduates and working professionals for over 24 years.
He pioneered courses in computer graphics and digital media for creative professionals, (non-engineers in the design and film industries), at UCLA Extension at a time when very few such courses existed anywhere in the U.S.
Teaching, Mentoring, Workshops & Symposia
A graduate of Art Center College of Design, Roy has taught and mentored over 6,000 artists, designers and media professionals—both college students and working professionals.
During his years teaching for UCLA's Professional Development Programs, Roy has organized and moderated special programs, developed curricula and taught Media Arts, Information Architecture, Experience Design and Creative Process courses. Many of his students were specifically sent to Roy's classes by such organizations as Disney, Time Warner, Pacific Bell, American Express, Rockwell International, Ogilvy Mather, Toyota Motor Sales, TBWA Chiat/Day, The Los Angeles Times, The Rand Corporation, Symantec, JPL, Apple Computer, ABC, US Web/CKS, IBM and AT&T. In 1999, he was honored as Instructor of the Year by the UCLA Extension Design / Communication Arts Department.
Roy has also taught at Chapman University and has spoken at digital media events held at UC Irvine, Occidental College, USC, Cal State Long Beach, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Coro Foundation, The American Film Institute and at the California's Governor's Conference on the Arts special program "Beyond the Millennium: Redefining the Arts for the 21st Century".
Roy has produced, directed and moderated international design symposia featuring keynotes by renowned artist/composer/record producer Brian Eno, science fiction author Ray Bradbury, Swiss designer Wolfgang Weingart, and computer graphics visionary and MacArthur "genius grant" recipient Jim Blinn of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and many others.
At the request of the Joint U.S.-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE, an international NGO based in Shanghai, China), and the Chinese Central Government, Roy has provided strategic consulting training for Eco-Heritage Tourism and Sustainable Development to over 35 mayors, provincial governors and high-ranking Chinese Ministry officials.
Roy and Julie are the founders of the Ministry of Strategic Artistic Improvisation, (MSAI). MSAI hosts Adventures in Art, Photography, Design and Technology (AAPDAT). AAPDAT is a series of online and onsite professional development seminars for creative professionals and artists of all types seeking to optimize their work and enhance their creative lives. The seminars cover creative process issues including: Unconventional Thinking, Counterintuitive Planning, Coherent Decision Making, Improvisational Methodologies, Mental Landscaping, Random Distruptions and Intentional Spontaneity.
Roy spoke at ArtsDay LA, hosted by UCLA Extension, on the topic of "Where Do Artists Get Their Inspiration?" and was the featured graduation speaker at the UCLA Extension Computer Graphics and Graphic Design 2004 graduation ceremony. He has taught a number of 12-week online courses for UCLA Extension, including The Creative Process and Powerful Design.
He has also recently been the Judge for the Graduation Show for the Art Department at New Mexico Highlands University; and was the Judge of the 28th Annual Angel Fire Arts Fest.