art and technology symposium

Join CSUF current students, alumni and other professionals working in arts and technology fields to learn about the growing range of career options for graduates.


9 am: Registration / Meet & Greet

Meet some of our guests before the Symposium begins.

First 50 on-site registrants will receive a specially designed Art & Technology lanyard.

10 am: Keynote Address

Wendy Rogers,
Visual Effects Supervisor, Dreamworks Animation
Director (untitled Animated film project for Netflix)

Wendy Rogers is a Director at Netflix for an upcoming feature animated film.  Her career combines her love of story, artistic talent and technical ability.  Prior to becoming a Director, Wendy was a Visual Effects Supervisor for over 25 years where she helped to shape numerous visual effects blockbusters for DreamWorks Animation including the Academy Award® winning Shrek, along with Flushed Away, Puss in Boots, Spirit and Sinbad.  Wendy is known for her work in live-action VFX with the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian , supervising over 1100 shots across multiple facilities worldwide.  A native of Australia, she studied computer programming but aspired to more creative work and was inspired to learn 3D computer graphics.  Wendy is a member of the Academy, BAFTA and VES and is a frequent speaker on the topic of women in creative rolls appearing on panels at WIA (Women in Animation).

11 am: Panel Discussion

Moderator: Brandy Stiles, Production Department Manager, Blizzard Entertainment

Guest panelists include:

  • Rachel Day, Senior FX Artist, Game teams, Blizzard Entertainment
  • Suzanne Dixon, Production Manager, Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Shazzy Gustafson, Manager of Engineering, Entertainment Lab, Nickelodeon Animation
  • Kathryn Taub, Technical Solutions Specialist, Audinate, Inc.
  • Terena Williams, Technical Stage Manager, World of Dance

12pm: Lunch / Table Talks

Guests include the above panelists, plus

  • Emily Chiang, Coca Cola VFX
  • Anne McMills, Lighting Designer, San Diego
    State University; Author, The Assistant Lighting Designer’s Toolkit and 3D Printing Basics of Entertainment Design
  • Sean McPartland, VR, Nickelodeon Animation Entertainment Lab
  • Candace Thomas, Senior Encounter Designer, World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment
  • Jackie Wiley, Associate Game Designer, World of Warcraft , Blizzard Entertainment

12 - 2pm: Demonstrations

Information tables  & demonstrations including:

  • VR Demos by student clubs: Pencil Mileage Club and Polysquad
  • Quill 3D/VR Painting & Sculpting: Pencil Mileage Club and Polysquad
  • Monitor looping student, 2019 SIGGRAPH art exhibition (animation, graphic design)
  • Women in Animation Club (student club)
  • Stop-Motion Shorts,  “art & low tech/iPhone apps” interactive filmmaking & posting to Instagram
  • Visualization Collaboration project with Gravitational Wave Physics & Astronomy Center


Learn more about the career possibilities which utilize skills in both art and technology.

All CSUF students welcome!
Advance Registration: $5 (Includes lanyard* and pizza)
* first 50 on-site registrants 

Buy Tickets
Opens in new window

If you wish to purchase tickets over the phone during normal business hours (Mon.-Fri., 11 am-5 pm) , please contact
the Box Office at (657) 278-5936. If difficulties with online sales persist, the Box Office will be open the day of the event.