Do you marvel at the breathtaking CGI background animation in film? Are you interested in how theme parks, museums, and other public spaces are designed? Do you feel creative enough to take up a job in the future doing these.
If so, you might want to enroll to an Entertainment Design Program.
What is Entertainment Design?
A relatively new study, entertainment design is focused on the integration of the latest design technology in different sectors of the entertainment industry. Its purpose is to increase the sensory experience upon visiting the public space.
Industries involved in this type of design include theme parks, casinos, theater, video games, and marketing (web design and point of purchases).
Entertainment design makes use of fundamental concepts and techniques seen in film design, character design, graphic design, user interface design, and architecture, to name a few. The program is grounded in drawing, model building, and rendering before going into the use of 3-D digital tools and software to implement designs.
The diverse spectrum of design studies involved make Entertainment Design one of most dynamic and exciting study in recent memory!
How to Get into Entertainment Design
The Entertainment Design Program normally requires students to possess a bachelor’s degree in a related field. This may be disheartening for high school students who wish to jump into the design foray without having to worry what degree to take first for the next four years. However, the skill level involved in entertainment design necessitates students to have an advanced understanding of art and design in order to apply.
Colleges that Offer Entertainment Design Program
- Art Center College of Design
- Gnomon School of Visual Effects
- Savannah College of Art and Design
- University of Wisconsin Stout
- The Art Institutes Pittsburgh
- Miami Dade College
- Valencia College
PortPrep’s own Karen Kesteloot held a video chat with Joshua Briones, a student taking up Entertainment Design, as he shares his experiences on how he got into the program. The video also featured Quinton Rodrigues, an aspiring art student, who asked Joshua for tips and advice on the things to do to become an entertainment designer. You can watch the entire interview below.
What to learn from the video
- Colleges such as UCLA and USC require students to take up core subjects first (Math, English, Science, Physics, etc.) While this can help you become more well-rounded, not only will this take up more semesters to complete their program. but it also interferes with your drawing, which is the purpose as to why students are studying in the first place.
- There are Entertainment Design Programs that focus more on concepts and theories instead of the actual practice. This will enforce you to do most of the drawing and designing by yourself. Unless you are comfortable with this kind of education, research and look closely into the different colleges that offer this program and find the teaching style that suits you.
- To make up for courses that he needs before applying to Entertainment Design, Joshua applied at nearby community colleges. Doing this is more affordable and practical as opposed to applying directly at the more prestigious but more expensive universities.
- It shouldn’t matter whether or not the college you’re applying to is accredited or popular, as long as its Entertainment Design Program is good with accomplished art teachers leading the way.