UT Dallas School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication ATEC


Kyoung Lee Swearingen

Assistant Professor

Kyoung Lee Swearingen has worked in the film industry for the last decade on a variety of features and shorts including Ratatouille, Walle, UP, Cars 2, Toy Story 3, Brave, Monsters University, Presto, La Luna, The Blue Umbrella, Mater’s Tall Tales, Partly Cloudy, Ant Bully, and the Jimmy Neutron TV series.

As a Technical Director of Lighting at Pixar Animation Studios, Kyoung focused on visual story-telling, mood, and look development through lighting. Her work has claimed numerous awards from the Academy Awards, BAFTA, Visual Effects Society, The American Film Institute, as well as many others.

Kyoung comes from a strong academic pedigree as well. She received her M.F.A. from The Ohio State University, B. F. A from Savannah College of Art and Design, and B.S. in Chemistry from Sungshin Women's University in Seoul, Korea. Furthermore, she has taught at various institutes and universities throughout Korea and the United States, and is committed to excellence in her students as well as herself.