As theme parks strive to offer the most innovative, thrilling rides possible, aspiring designers will soon be able to get a head start with a new degree program offered by California Institute of the Arts.
The program, scheduled to be announced on Friday, October 6, provides a bachelor of fine arts degree in design specializing in themed entertainment and experiences. Classes are taught primarily by current and former employees of the theme park industry. Similar degree programs already exist at schools in South Carolina and Florida, but CalArts students will learn from industry experts.
Michael Jung, creative executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, is among the instructors. Other instructors include Jason McManus, art director at Thinkwell Group, and Jonathan Casson, director for live and location-based entertainment for 20th Century Fox film, television, and new media.
Travis Preston, the dean of CalArts’ School of Theater, says the new degree program addresses the demands of the ever-evolving theme park industry. Students in the program will focus on creating interactive attractions that combine computer-generated media with live entertainment.
If you’ve ever had dreams of designing the next generation of popular theme park rides, the CalArts program may be perfect for you.
For more information on CalArts, located in Valencia, CA, head over to their website.
Source: LA Times