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Mark Clive

Senior Lecturer
Program Coordinator, Film/Video
Art + Art History
College of Liberal Arts

UT Arlington Faculty

Mark Clive has been a leader in the fields of motion graphics, animation, and visual effects in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since 1993. His commercial clients have included Nortel, Verizon, Marconi, Alcatel, Alcon, Neiman Marcus, EDS, Coors, Edelman Worldwide, Centex, FedEx Kinko’s, D/FW Airport, Mckinsey Corp, Scottish Rite Hospital, DELL, IBM, Tivoli, Trilogy, Radio Shack, Republic Center, Kimberly Clark, USDATA, JD Edwards, UTSW Medical School, Long Island Jewish Healthcare System, The Thanks-Giving Square Foundation, SPCA of Texas, Mary Kay, The Dallas Video Festival, and many more.

He has created numerous award-winning title sequences and effects for documentary films, from the Emmy Award-winning After Goodbye, an Aids Story for PBS in 1993, to the currently acclaimed DeBakey, the story of the recently departed world famous surgeon.

Other awards given to Clive include numerous silver and gold Telly Awards, gold and silver World Medals for Interactive Multimedia from the New York Festivals, a Communicator Award of Excellence, an Insight Award, and a Berkley Film and Video Festival 2006 Grand Festival Award for Documentary Film.

As Special Effects Editor for the acclaimed Barney and Friends PBS television show, Professor Clive thrilled children for two seasons, providing the Barney magic they know so well. Current projects include Small Town Courage, a film about the men of Arlington, Texas, who gave their lives for their country in World War II. The Story weaves together the circumstances of the men themselves, their families, and the community, including the University of Texas Arlington, which was then the North Texas Agricultural College. Professor Clive’s work can be seen on permanent display at the Old Red Courthouse Museum in Dallas, and has been exhibited at the State Fair of Texas for the Dallas Morning News, Louisiana Artworks in New Orleans, and Thanksgiving Square, also in Dallas.

Before being appointed to UTA, Clive taught for seven years at Richland College in Dallas, and he freely admits that working with creative people is not only his specialty, it is his joy. He describes the process: "It's easy, just like herding cats."

Service Learning Class

ART 4397 – Special Studies: Motion Graphics

This course provides instruction in the use of digital video and animation techniques for post-production and motion design with emphasis on design, generation and integration of visual effects, titles, 2D and 3D animation, for digital media. Software taught includes Adobe After Effects (AE) and its integration with Premeire, Illustrator, Photoshop, Maya, and various other programs along with traditional media.

Academic Outcomes

Students will…

  • Understand concepts of motion graphics and multimedia production.
  • Understand planning, interface, and compositing in Adobe After Effects.
  • Create motion graphics, visual effects, and animations in Adobe After Effects
  • Be aware of real-world production problems and timelines.
  • Be aware of other software packages and traditional media that are often used in developing video productions.
  • Gain a broader conceptual foundation by evaluating relevant work and issues relating to artists working in the CG animation, motion graphics, and visual effects fields.
  • Present projects for critique in a professional manor appropriate to the medium.

Service Learning Project

Students create various motion graphics projects from concept to finish, including kinetic typograpy, motion-tracking, film titles, public service announcements, and commercials. For the PSA/commercial project, at the beginning of the semester, students are provided a non-profit client for which to create their work. Students visit the client and learn about their services, corporate culture, and needs. As the semester progresses, students present their work to the client, culminating in a finished project. Students will be required to write clear and concise, one-page, two-paragraph papers after each step of the design/production process, including in each, a descriptive summary and a reflective interpretation. The questions to be answered are: What? So what? Now what?