Michael Buffington is a professional Concept Artist in the video game and entertainment industry. He is a graduate of the Academy of Art University where he earned his BFA in Illustration in 2003. Aside from teaching and lecturing, he works as a freelance illustrator producing storyboards and concept art for video games, animation, and film. In 2008, Michael worked as the In-house designer and Props supervisor on a high-profile CG animated feature film entitled Alpha & Omega. Michael also worked as a Designer for Lucas Film Animation on the Third season of The Clone Wars television series which aired on Cartoon Network. Michael currently works as a full-time college professor and department lead in the School of Game Development at the Academy of Art University where he built the #1 Concept Art program in the United States (#3 in the world in 2019, #5 in the world in 2020)