Nikki Dunsire

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  • Title: Oregon Reality Lab Manager
  • Additional Title: Instructor
  • Phone: 503-412-3799
  • Office: 405 Oregon Reality Lab
  • City: Portland
  • Interests: Immersive media development, VR, AR, 3D production, film, games


Nikki Dunsire is an industry professional and longtime educator in the fields of 3D production, Visual Effects and Game Arts, having taught at local academic institutions for over 13 years.

Nikki began working as a Production Coordinator and later stepped into the role of 3D Technical Director at Animation Dynamics Inc. (ADi). Founded in 1996, ADi was known for visual communications with a focus on 3D and visual effects for business-to-business marketing, consumer advertising, direct response television, education and entertainment. Clients ranged from Fortune 500 firms to independent films, game and application producers. She became an expert in 3D modeling, lighting, texturing, effects, render setup, object and camera animation, compositing and editing. In 2008 she began teaching at The Art Institute of Portland, while still managing her workload at ADi. Eventually she stepped into teaching full-time. Since that first term, she has developed and taught courses covering a wide range of topics related to 3d content creation, game design and application development for immersive environments. Eventually Nikki became the academic department director for the programs that she taught in at The Art Institute and was actively involved in career placement opportunities for graduating seniors.

She’s taught courses at several northwest colleges and universities and was a part of the grant team that was awarded the Microsoft Hololens Academic Research Grant in collaboration with Clackamas Community College and Oregon Storyboard, for developing Augmented Reality applications for trade-based education. She now teaches immersive building courses full-time at the University of Oregon, manages the Oregon Reality Lab and tackles freelance projects as time allows.



  • Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Studies with an Art and Design minor from the University of Denver - 2002
  • Bachelor of Science in Media Arts and Animation from The Art Institute of Portland - 2006
  • Master of Science in Computer Science with an emphasis in 3D Technical Direction and Development from DePaul University in Chicago, IL - 2004