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Javad is an independent animator, new media artist and scholar with a multidisciplinary background in engineering, animation and experimental digital media art. He is currently a PhD student at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.

Taking a research approach that includes both theoretical investigation and studio-based practice, his PhD thesis theorized the temporal behaviors of Arabic character-forms in time-based media and explored the effects of such behaviors on legibility and readability of dynamic texts.

Javad’s animations and artworks have been screened and exhibited internationally. He is the founder and director of Fanoos Studio, an art initiative that has been active in animation and digital media art production since 2010. He was also the co-curator of Bayu: An Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art, which was praised by the renowned scholar Nada Shabout.

His academic publications include “Decoding the real: A Multimodal Social Semiotic Analysis of reality in Animated Documentary” (2011) in Animation Studies Online Journal. Javad presented at various conferences such as “ReDefining Animation: the 25th Society for Animation Studies Annual Conference” at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and “'Ilm: Science, Religion, and Art in Islam” at the University of Adelaide in Australia.

Javad’s research interests span across several disciplines and include experimental animation, new media art, cross-disciplinary applications of animation, animation theory, the aesthetic of Islamic art and its influence on new media art, and research methodologies in art and design.


2012 - 2017 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) | Art, Design and Media (Media Arts+Design)
School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.
2008 - 2011 Master of Arts (MA) | Animation
School of Art and Architecture, Tarbiat Modares University (TMU), Tehran, Iran.
2003 - 2008 Bachelor of Science (BSc) | Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (FUM), Mashhad, Iran.

Selected Publications

Conference Paper Presentations

Invited Presentations

Academic Experiences

Sep 2017 - present Associate Professor (førsteamanuensis)
Department of Animation, Faculty of Media and Journalism, Volda University College (Høgskulen i Volda), Volda, Norway.
2016 - 2017 Trainer, Tertiary Infotech
  Designing the syllabus and teaching skill-based courses in 3D computer graphics and animation
2014 Teaching Assistant, Nanyang Technological University
  TA in undergraduate course on History of Animation taught by prof. Giannalberto Bendazzi
2010 Trainer, Tarbiat Modares University
  Trainer of an extra-curricular class for graduate students, 3dsMax: The Key Concepts

Professional Experiences

2015 Co-curator, Bayu: An Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art
  An Exhibition held at the Gallery 2, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU Singapore.
2011 Freelance GUI Designer and Animator
  Designing the Graphic User Interface for an educational Software for Mabna Institute, Tehran, Iran.
2010 Media Consultant, GUI Designer and Animator
  Designing Graphic User Interface for educational software, Advertisement, tradigital animation, 3D animation. Mahan Institute of Higher Education, Department of E-Learning, tehran, Iran.
2008 - 2012 Freelance 3D Architectural Visualization Artist
  Architectural Visualization, Presentation Preparation, Motion Graphics. Various Architectural firms, Mashhad, Iran.

Selected Exhibitions

2017 Echoes and Identity (group exhibition)
  14 March - 3 April 2017 | Peter Crawly Building, Trinity Grammar School | Melbourne, Australia.
2016 Graduation Exhibition (solo exhibition)
  8 - 19 August 2016 | Photo-Studio, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU | Singapore.
2015 Bayu: An Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art (group exhibition)
  9 - 31 October 2015 | Gallery 2, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU | Singapore.
2011 Animation Preproduction Exhibition (group exhibition)
  18 - 21 March 2011 | Exhibition at the 23rd annual conference of the Scoiety for Animation Studies (SAS) |University of Indianapolis (Athens Campus) | Athens, Greece.

Honors, Awards and Grants

2017 WINNER - CRAFT International Animation Festival
  Winner of the Special Mention for Amazing Creativity for The Third Script (2017).
2012 - 2016 NTU Research Scholarship
  Full scholarship awarded by Nanyang Technological University for four consecutive years.
2008 3rd top in nationwide university entrance examination
  Honor awarded by the Iranian National Organization for Educational Testing (NOET).
2008 - 2011 Top student, Faculty of Art and Architecture, TMU
  Honor awarded by Tarbiat Modares University.
2007 3rd top student, Department of Civil Engineering, FUM
  Honor awarded by Ferdowsi University of Mashhad.


2014 Research Integrity in Arts and Humanities Certificate
  Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.
2014 Certificate in Research Planning, Technical Writing and Presentation, and Research Ethics
  NTU Graduate Student Council, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  NTU Ventures in accordance with Mozilla Asia.
2013 University Teaching for Teaching Assistants Certificate
  Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.


2011 - present Society for Animation Studies (SAS)
  member | Los Angeles, CA.
2018 - present Design Principles and Practices Research Network
  member | University of Illinois Research Park | Champaign, IL.

Professional Skills

  • General:
    Drawing, Traditional Animation, Under-camera Animation Techniques
  • 2D animation:
    Adobe Flash/Animate, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, TVPaint
  • 3D animation:
    Autodesk 3dsMax, Autodesk Maya, Mental Ray Renderer
  • Stop motion animation:
    Dragon Frame
  • New Media:
    Video Projection Tools (VPT), Pure Data, MadMapper
  • Web and Interactive:
    Html5, CSS, Java Script, Action Script 3.0, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash/Animate, WordPress, Adobe Muse
  • Sound:
    Adobe Audition

Academic and Community Service

2013 Media Consultant, Designer, Animator and Videographer
  Arts and Culture | Graduate Student Council | Nanyang Technological University | Singapore.
2012 TESOL Instructor
  Education | Safir Language Academy | Masshad, Iran.
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