Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Christie and UCF partner to teach next generation of designers the tools of the trade

Christie is partnering with the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) new graduate programs in Themed Experience. UCF is the first university to offer both an MS and an MFA in Themed Experience. Both programs provide hands-on training for the skills, processes and concepts necessary to design and produce themed environments.

The Themed Experience programs build upon the strength and diversity of UCF’s theatre, art, design and hospitality programs. With its ideal location in Orlando, the international hub of the themed entertainment industry, and its Advisory Council with industry leaders from companies including Disney, Universal, Falcon’s Beyond, AOA and the Orlando Magic, the two graduate programs are well-positioned to guide students into the world of themed entertainment.

From left to right: UCF Themed Experience MFA students Duncan MacPherson, Bryan McGowan, Jax Robinson and Kali Fuller. Photo courtesy of Christie.

To help students gain the practical knowledge and experience required to work in this field, Christie is partnering with the university to provide students with leading technology found in entertainment venues around the world, including 1DLP projectors, Christie Pandoras Box compact players and Widget Designer for customized show control. Additionally, Christie technical product specialists are providing students with in-person and virtual training, as well as support with the year-end 3D projection mapping project.

“We are grateful to Christie for providing this unique opportunity for our students to experiment and learn using their industry-leading systems,” says Peter Weishar, Director of the Themed Experience graduate programs. “The students at UCF are exceptionally dedicated and talented. They are the future of the themed entertainment industry, and they will start their careers with significant experience and knowledge of Christie’s high-end projection mapping tools.”

UCF Students learn, collaborate and create alongside Christie. Photo courtesy of Christie.

“Christie is thrilled to not only provide the tools required to be successful in themed entertainment, but to share our expertise as well,” says Larry Howard, senior director of sales, Entertainment, Christie. “As the technology provider to some of the biggest and most innovative attractions in the world, we’re passionate about delivering world-class experiences. And to share that knowledge and excitement with the next generation of industry professionals at UCF is a wonderful opportunity.”

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