Skip to main content

Michelle Robinson

At a Glance

Class Year: 1991

Award Year: 2013

Degree: Bachelor of Environmental Design, Master of Science in Visualization

Profession: Animation


Robinson, who earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree and studied in the Master of Visualization program, has helped bring digitally created characters to life in many memorable, full-length features including “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Tangled,” “Bolt,” “Meet the Robinsons” and “Pocahontas.” “There is no person more respected and admired for her calm determination, her unflappable positive attitude, her impeccable taste and her total commitment to excellence in every aspect of the job,” said Mike Gabriel, an art director at Disney. “She has proven over the years that she is one of the true artists in our industry.” As a character look development supervisor at Disney, Robinson manages the artists who paint textures, create hair and fur in 2-D and 3-D films. A frequent visitor at the Department of Visualization as a guest lecturer, student mentor and graduate student committee member, she has also recommended students to recruiters at Disney. “She actively participates in face-to-face and online discussions with students, providing candid answers to their questions about employability, the realities of industry and the role of the Viz program in training them,” said Brandon Jarratt, an assistant technical director at Disney. She has also served as a visiting instructor and production manager in the department’s summer industry course, in which students conceive and create an animated short video. “I am a big believer in the Viz program,” said Robinson. “It was generous to me, and I looked for a way to give back. I leave Texas A&M after each visit with a renewed sense of purpose and an energy that comes from being with such engaged and eager students.”