Digital Art and Design
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Department of Digital Art and Design
College of Arts & Sciences
16 W 61st St. New York, NY 10023 | Room 913
Michael Hosenfeld is an Associate Professor in the Department of Digital Art & Design at New York Institute of Technology. He graduated with honors from the University of Essen-Duisburg with the German equivalent of an MFA in Industrial Design.
Prior to joining NYIT, Prof. Hosenfeld taught for ten years as Assistant, then Associate Professor at New York University’s Center for Advanced Digital Applications. In addition to his work in design, animation and visual effects Prof. Hosenfeld co-authored a new graduate program in BioMedical Visualization in collaboration with the School of Medicine at NYU.
After a career as an award-winning industrial designer, Prof. Hosenfeld joined the film and animation industry at the start of the digital revolution. Working for William Shatner’s c.o.r.e. digital pictures and their German branch Effectory, he quickly advanced to become a Visual Effects Supervisor, designing digital effects and animation in close collaboration with directors and producers.
Today, an accomplished Visual Effects Supervisor, Michael Hosenfeld is leading the effects production for film and television programs commissioned by the History Channel, AMC Networks, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, NetFlix, amazon productions, and others. Most recently he completed work on a three-part documentary drama about President U.S. Grant for History Channel, directed by Malcolm Venville and executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Radical Media NY. His recent work also includes among others: The World Wars - History Channel (introduced by President Obama), The American West – AMC (produced by Robert Redford), The Men Who Built America – Frontiersmen – History Channel (produced by Leonardo DiCaprio), The Making of the Mob – two seasons for AMC. (Grant: Official Trailer)
Prof. Hosenfeld’s professional experience in design and digital film making, as well as his 18 years of experience in higher education provide him with exceptional insight, knowledge and skills and all the necessary tools to teach thesis projects for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as special project courses exploring emerging applications of digital media.
In his research and scholarly work, Hosenfeld connects digital design and the professional world with higher education. This includes implementing and applying computer graphic methodologies to scientific research and visualization, for example, digital craniofacial reconstruction. Together with NYIT’s Prof. Turkel and co-investigators from Adelphi University, NY, Prof. Hosenfeld is currently developing digital methods to reconstruct facial features of skulls that were excavated at the historic site of Eleutherna, Crete, Greece.
Prof. Hosenfeld strongly advocates project-based learning and high impact practices. His scholarly work also includes students in research and industry collaboration. One example is Ready for Takeoff, a short documentary film and service-learning experience, and most successful collaboration between JetBlue, students from the Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center for Disabled Children, and students at NYIT. The short documentary aired on JetBlue’s entertainment program on the fleet’s seatback screens, and was presented at the AAC&U conferences in Chicago in 2019 and Farmingham in 2020.
In addition to his academic and professional work, Michael Hosenfeld currently serves as President of New York’s ACM SIGGRAPH chapter, the professional organization of computer graphics. He is also is a member of the chartering organization ACM, as well as the international ACM SIGGRAPH conference and has repeatedly been invited to review and evaluate conference submissions.