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Themed Entertainment Design

This major is only available at the Purdue University in Indianapolis campus.

Would you love a job creating and designing themed attractions and experiences that will bring stories to life? What if you could create for the likes of Walt Disney Imagineering, Universal Studios Creative, the Smithsonian, or another themed destination such as a theme park, zoo, aquarium, trade show or museum?

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.

As you move along your learning journey you will be guided by dedicated faculty and a wealth of industry connections (think of Disney, Sea World, Universal Studios, the Childrens Museum of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Zoo and more). You will also have the opportunity to get connected to some of the largest industry organizations out there including an opportunity to attend IAAPA, the largest attractions conference in the world.

The Purdue Polytechnic Institute has one of only programs like this in the country and is tightly connected to an industry that is dedicated to creating experiences that will amaze and delight audiences of all ages.

Plan of Study

Themed Entertainment Design
Themed Entertainment Design Webpage

Transfer to Themed Entertainment Design

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Contact Information

Christian Rogers, Ph.D.


Purdue Polytechnic Institute

Careers in Themed Entertainment Design

  •   Animatronics Designer
  •   Concept Designer
  •   Motion Designer
  •   Interaction Designer

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