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Directory of Programs

Experience Design and Production

The BFA Program in Experience Design and Production provides a foundation grounded in project-based learning supported by a rigorous theoretical and critical framework.

Students may specialize in one or more of the following areas: Costume Design, Experience Design/Themed Entertainment, Lighting Design, Scene Design, Sound Design, Stage Management, and Technical Direction.

Description of Program: Bachelor of Fine Arts
Department: School of Theater
Duration of Program: 4 years
Inaugural year: 2017

Entertainment Technology Center

The ETC is the premiere professional graduate program for interactive entertainment as it’s applied across various fields. Our unique, two-year Master of Entertainment Technology (MET) degree was founded as a joint venture between Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science and the College of Fine Arts. The MET is currently considered a terminal degree.

Duration of Program: 2 years academic program
Students Admitted Annually: 71 – 80
Inaugural year: 1998

Degree in Interactive Digital Content

Undergraduate degree where some themed entertainment related topics are offered within other courses

Duration of Program: More than 3 years academic program
Students Admitted Annually: 31 – 40
Inaugural year: 2013
Library Resources:Private library for institution community members, Private resources only for community members (e.g., labs, workshop spaces…)

Entertainment Technology A.A.S. Degree

This course series provides excellent preparation for a career in entertainment technology. It prepares students to obtain audio, lighting, video, and live event crew positions that support presenting and entertainment events for organizations of all types and sizes.

This degree is a hands-on workforce training program, which insures that graduates are well-prepared to enter into needed technical positions.

Duration of Program: 2 years academic program
Students Admitted Annually: Information N/A
Inaugural year: 2017
Library Resources:Private library for institution community members

Themed Entertainment Design

Themed Entertainment Design is a flexible experience that prepares you for a variety of careers. You will learn the history and current resources of the industry, try your hand at creating all kinds of experiences and then specialize in one of a few distinctive areas to prepare you for your career in the themed entertainment industry.

Master of Science in Themed Experience

The MS in Themed Experience is designed to teach the unique creative skills, processes and concepts utilized to design and produce themed environments such as theme parks, zoos, aquariums, themed retail, dining, museums, virtual worlds and exhibitions. Throughout your coursework, you will gain first-hand experience in creating a space where guests interact with an environment designed to convey a narrative. Work on projects running from single kiosks to complex, multi-narrative theme parks where you will be able to develop an understanding of planning, production, story, design and concept development. Upon completing the program, you will be well-prepared to enter the themed experience and entertainment industry in the creative roles of producer, show set designer and show writer. The skills learned during the course of your studies can be applied to a number of roles in exhibition design, retail design, museum exhibition creation and a variety of other creative pursuits.