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Jazno Francoeur is the Art Department Director for both DigiPen Singapore and DigiPen Europe-Bilbao, where he oversees the animation programs for both campuses.

Jazno’s career began in 1990, when he interned at the Walt Disney Feature Animation studio in Orlando, Florida. Upon graduating from Kansas City Art Institute in 1992, he began working at the Disney studios in Los Angeles, California. During that time, Jazno worked on a number of films, including Lilo & StitchTarzanMulanPocahontasThe Lion KingBeauty and the BeastThe Emperor’s New GrooveThe Hunchback of Notre DameBrother BearJohn Henry, and Roger Rabbit’s “Trail Mix-Up”, as well as the Aladdin video game for Sega Genesis and numerous other shorts, park projects, and commercials.

In 2004, Jazno became an animation instructor at DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, Washington. After transferring to DigiPen’s branch campus in Singapore in 2008, he was invited to a seven-month effects course at Lucasfilm Animation.

In addition to his career as an animator and educator, Jazno is a performing musician (with his ensemble Mercymachine), a published poet, and an exhibiting photographer.