Entertainment Design


Entertainment Design hero

Build spaces and environments that bring stories to life.

BFA Program 

As a student of our newest major, Entertainment Design, you will create experiences and attractions that delight, amuse, enchant, immerse, and enthrall. You will build spaces and environments that bring stories to life across countless industries such as theme parks, cruises, museums, zoos, retail stores, restaurants, and more.

This is what the entertainment industry is all about—story. And as an Entertainment Design student at Ringling College, you will learn to transform a narrative, concept, or theme into a real-world experience that whisks users into a world of your making.

You will collaborate with artists, designers, and other creatives to conceive, visualize, and realize your vision, and you will develop the visual communication skills of an artist and the problem solving skills of a designer.

The Entertainment Design industry is expanding worldwide. Discover how a degree in Entertainment Design from Ringling College can take you to new places—both around the globe and into worlds that have yet to be built.

 

 

Course Descriptions
 

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Project Emphasis on Themed Environments

The Themed Environments emphasis focuses on developing a strong foundation of concept development, and building a knowledge of three‐dimensional spatial relationships, material properties, and fabrication techniques. You will develop advanced technical skills using a variety of digital design techniques in drawing, CAD drawing, 3D modeling, and 3D prototyping. Ringling College is a member of the industry’s major organization, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), which shares news and events in the industry and connects students across the country. 

You will apply your skills to a variety of entertainment projects, similar to these examples:


Themed Environments
Harry Potter World
Atlantis
Men in Black
Revenge of the Mummy
The Simpsons ride
ET Adventure
Skull Island: Reign of Kong
Jurassic Park
The Cat in the Hat ride
Spaceship Earth
Journey into Imagination

 

Cultural Destinations
Museums
Meow Wolf
Museum of Ice Cream
Zoos
Theaters
Kidzania
St. Michael’s Mystery, Prague
National Science Center, Fort Discovery Theater
National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitors Center
Titanic Belfast
I Am A Man Plaza, Memphis

 

Themed Retail
Tesla
Apple Store
Microsoft Store
Niketown
Madrid Xanadu
Terminal 21, Bangkok
Joy City, Shanghai
Cadillac House Brand Experience, New York City
Ample Hills Creamery, multiple locations in US
Tom Ford Private Blend Experience, Dubai

 

Themed Restaurants
Hard Rock
Tommy Bahama
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
Medieval Times Dinner Tournament
T-REX Cafe
Pirates Dinner Adventure
Capone's Dinner & Show
The Cirque Magique
Mythos Restaurant, Islands of Adventure
Three Broomsticks
Margaritaville (multiple locations)

 


Design the Experience from Start to Finish

 

Conceive.

Cabana Bay Drawing

Visualize.

Cabana Bay Render

Realize.

Cabana Bay Completed Project
 

 

Images above created by Wrenhouse Design, Scott Wren alumnus '97,

and provided courtesy of ©Universal Creative, ©Loews Hotels, ©Wrenhouse Design.

 


Employment Opportunites for Entertainment Design

Entertainment Design graduates will find opportunites across many different industries. Here are a few examples of jobs that are available for our grads.


Attractions Designer

Branded Entertainment Designer

Creative Services Manager

Creative Director

Customer Experience Designer

Graphics Implementation Designer

Engagement Content Creator

Exhibit Fabricator

Exhibit Designer

 

Exhibit Content Developer

Experience Design Manager

Hospitality Designer

In-Show Graphics Designer

Interactive/Digital Project Manager

Museum Exhibit Designer

Planning Specialist

Production Show Set Designer

Project Manager

 

 

Show Designer

Show Set Lead/Architectural Designer

Sets & Scenic Designer

Signage Designer

Technical Director

Technical Designer

Technology Coordinator

Themed Entertainment Creator

Visualization Designer


Other Opportunities for Entertainment Design Students

 

The Collaboratory
We are proud to say that every Ringling student, regardless of major, is guaranteed the opportunity to gain professional work experience. Our Collaboratory Commitment pairs teams of Ringling students with local businesses to give students a taste of real-world projects, expectations, and deadlines. Facilitated by Collaboratory staff, students will meet with clients looking for creative, unconventional solutions to their branding and design challenges and execute the entire creative process of concepting, presenting, and building campaigns that meet their demands.

Internships
Work with our Career Services Center to prepare and guide you to finding an internship focused on your area of interest – we are here to help!  With networks around the region and the country, we help you gain exposure to professional best practices and practical application of your technical skills. We are constantly connecting with industry professionals to find new, exciting opportunities to put your skills to work and get a taste of real-world work demands. 

Critiques with Industry Giants
To further inform the work of our fourth year students, we bring in renowned, successful visiting artists to participate in milestone critiques. Coming from the top studios, brands, and businesses in the industry, our artists offer a relevant, real-world perspective to bring student thinking out of the classroom into the professional arena. This process provides our students with invaluable feedback from the best of the best in the field, which they can immediately apply to their current works in process.

 

 


 

Check out our minors, learn more about our faculty or download the curriculum.

 


 

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