Entertainment Design

Translating stories into experiences.

Learn to delight, amuse, enchant, immerse, and enthrall in our Entertainment Design degree. Create themed spaces and environments that bring stories to life across countless industries.

“Onigami”
Eric Wang ’20

Bring spaces to life in this exciting new BFA program.

Entertainment Design is the art of creating compelling and engaging experiences that translate a narrative, concept, or theme into a real-world experience that resonates with guests. 

Our Entertainment Design major teaches you to collaborate with artists, designers, and other creatives to bring your vision to life, and develop the visual communication skills of an artist and the problem solving skills of a designer. With a focus on the built environment, your artistic and technical skills are applied to project designs for theme parks, museums and exhibitions, concerts, sporting events, expos, hotels and restaurants, retail spaces, and more for an industry expanding worldwide. In this program, students learn how to be effective designers and collaborators within teams that work on creative projects across all kinds of entertainment experiences. We’re translating stories into real world experiences.

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Design the Experience from Start to Finish

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Images above created by Wrenhouse Design, Scott Wren alumnus ’97, and provided courtesy of ©Universal Creative, ©Loews Hotels, ©Wrenhouse Design.

Student Work: a Deeper Look

We Create Themed Environments

Projects focus 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, 3D modeling, traditional model making, 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.

 

What Types of Spaces Do We Design?

Themed Entertainment:
Universal’s Epic Universe
The Jungle Cruise
Nintendo World
The Revenge of the Mummy
Mickey and Minnie’s runaway Railway
Harry Potter World
The Simpsons ride

Cultural Destinations:
Museums
Meow Wolf
Museum of Ice Cream
Fairgrounds
Zoos
National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitors Center

 

Themed Retail:
Tesla
Apple Store
Microsoft Store
Niketown
Madrid Xanadu
Joy City, Shanghai

 

Themed Restaurants:
Hard Rock
Tommy Bahama
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium
Medieval Times Dinner Tournament
Pirates Dinner Adventure
Capone’s Dinner & Show
The Cirque Magique

Opportunities for students

Visiting Artists

Start your entertainment design career at Ringling College.

Staff

 

Director of Library Services

941-359-7582

Claire Powell

Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian

941-359-7583

Janelle Rebel

Technical Services Librarian   

941-359-7586

Janet Thomas

Instructional Design Librarian

941-309-0038

Claire Powell

Instructional Design Librarian

 

Vacant

Archivist

941-309-4055

Alexandra Vargas-Minor

Library Technician III (Cataloging and Metadata Assistant)   

941-359-7631

Lisa Martinez

Library Technician II (Periodicals and Interlibrary Loan)

 

Vacant

Library Technician III (Circulation Manager)  

941-359-7587

Tim DeForest

Library Technician III (Acquisitions Manager/Office Support)  

941-359-7584

Yolanda Coleman

Library Technician II (Assistant Circulation Manager)  

941-359-7587

Vacant

Assistant Circulation Manager

 

Christina Song

Circulation Assistant 

 

Jean Ferderber

Circulation Assistant Sooyeon Baek

Borrowing

Patron Type # of Items Type of Material Borrowing Time
Student 40 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Faculty and Staff 40 Books 6 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 7 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Trustee, Alumni, Cross College Alliance, and  15 Books 3 weeks
Ringling College LibraryAssociation Members CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
PreCollege 5 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Local Teacher 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Chartwell’s and Follett employees located at Ringling 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
*The video game collection supports the research and teaching of the Game Art & Design program. Video games may not be checked out by Alumni, Ringling College Library Association members or Family members.

Spaces

The Alfred R. Goldstein Library features a wide variety of quiet, group study, and work process spaces. Looking for a quiet study area? Make your way up to the 3rd floor to look for a book in the Research Collection or peruse the new art magazines while relaxing in comfortable seating. When the weather is nice, you can take your coffee from Roberta’s Café on the first floor to one of the four terraces to work outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Looking for meeting space to get together with a group? Check out the group study rooms, which are available on all three floors of the Goldstein Library. The 10 group study rooms are available to students on a first-come first served basis, or available for booking by Ringling College faculty and staff for group and class meetings.

Library Hours

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Sunday: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM schedule during breaks.

Ringling College ID Access Only

Please note a Ringling College ID is required for access, except from 8:30am – 4:30pm from Monday – Friday.

Hours for the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center:

By appointment only from Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., no drop-ins. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Contact specialcollections@c.ringling.edu to schedule an appointment.

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Ringling College of Art + Design
Alfred R. Goldstein Library
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

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