Department Chair, Entertainment Design
An award-winning animation production designer, Aretos was named Department Chair of Entertainment Design in 2016. Under his leadership, the program has grown exponentially—offering curricular tracks in Concept, Animation and Game Design, which have provided greater educational and career opportunities for students in the realm of film, gaming, animation, theme parks and beyond.
Aretos brings more than 20 years of experience as a concept artist, art director and production designer in the film and animation industries to the position. His credits include each feature film in DreamWorks’ critically acclaimed and box office powerhouse Shrek franchise: Shrek—the Academy Award-winning animated feature, for which Aretos won an Annie Award in production design—Shrek 2, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After as well as the spin-off prequel Puss in Boots and yet-to-be-released Puss in Boots 2. Additional credits include Antz, Megamind, The Croods and Monster Hunt 2.
Aretos has voiced several characters in animated feature films (including movies in the Shrek franchise) and enjoyed a professional acting career in his native France. Before his career as a filmmaker, Aretos created a successful collection of books as an author and illustrator. He graduated cum laude from the L’ Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts de Paris and conjointly studied industrial and product design at the L’ Ecole Nationale Superieure de Creation Industrielle.