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Ashley, Carol A.

Assistant Professor of Art


Office: 657-278-7026

Department: 657-278-3371



Carol Ashley is an industry veteran with over 20 years in feature film visual effects and animation, including serving as composite supervisor on "The Matrix.” She contributed to "Shark Tale," "Madagascar," "Over the Hedge" and "Flushed Away" at DreamWorks Animation; as a lighting technical director and compositor and on "Stuart Little" and "The Hollow Man" for Sony Imageworks. She is credited on numerous feature films for her work at Cinetropolis FX, Cinesite, Hammerhead, Rhythm & Hues, Technicolor Interactive and Warner Bros. Ashley began her career at Will Vinton Studios (now Laika Entertainment) as a stop-motion animator and character designer for the California Raisin special, "Meet the Raisins,” and worked on commercials, including designing and animating the Michael Jackson character for the award-winning commercial, "Raisin Jackson." Ashley taught the first stop-motion animation classes at California Institute of the Arts and has taught 3D animation production, character design and story development at the Art Institute of Atlanta, was program coordinator for animation and game art at the Atlanta-Decatur campus, and department chair for media arts at The Art institute of California - Hollywood before joining the faculty at Cal State Fullerton. She is the director of outreach for Animation Libation Studios and co-produces The World Animation Celebration International Short Film Festival with Animation Magazine and hosted at Sony Pictures Animation. Ashley is a recent recipient of the CSU Entertainment Alliance Grant. She oversees the joint collaboration with USC Games and is an active member in the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Educators Forum. Ashley teaches core 3D animation classes and is working with colleague Andrew Fedak to expand the department’s curriculum in 3D production, stop-motion, game design and VR.

Areas of Knowledge:
  • 3D Animation
  • 3D Modeling
  • Lighting and Compositing
  • Character Design
  • Stop-Motion

  • Art -- Animation/Computer

  • North America