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05 Oct 2017
New degree in theme park design to be launched as SATE kicks off in Los Angeles

A new degree dedicated to experience design and themed entertainment is being launched today to coincide with the latest SATE (storytelling, architecture, technology and experience) conference in Los Angeles, California.

Created by the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), the specialised degree will help to address demand from theme parks in the US and further afield to create new, immersive attractions that utilise the latest technologies.

The bachelor of fine arts degree is to be taught primarily by either former or current members of the theme park industry, including experts such as Michael Jung, creative executive for Walt Disney Imagineering; Jonathan Casson, director for live and location-based entertainment for 20th Century Fox film, television and new media; and Jason McManus, art director at Thinkwell Group.

Run by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), more than 400 delegates are set to attend the latest SATE conference, which will explore the future of immersive realities, as well as coming trends in the entertainment industry.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Jung – a CalArts alumnus and faculty member. In his role as executive creative director in charge of theatrical development for Walt Disney Imagineering, Jung will discuss the future of experience design with Travis Preston, dean of the CalArts School of Theater.

“CalArts provides students with an ever-expanding set of opportunities in new and future pathways for performance and design,” said Preston.

“This future-directed vision of entertainment is reflected by the TEA and we are thrilled to host SATE as it explores the newest developments in entertainment and looks ahead to the theatre of tomorrow.”

The two-day event kicks off today (5 October), and is the second SATE event this year, after SATE Europe, which took place in Beaulieu, England, in May. SATE LA will be followed by SATE Asia, which takes place 3-5 November in Beijing.


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25 Jun 2018
Belfast loses right to host 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games
Belfast has been stripped of its right to host the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games, after the required funding for the event was not released by the Northern Irish government.
22 Jun 2018
ukactive Awards winners revealed – Stockport's Life Leisure named centre of the year
Winners of the inaugural ukactive Awards were revealed at a gala dinner in Manchester last night (21 June), as part of the three-day Active Uprising event.
21 Jun 2018
European thermal heritage to be celebrated in Budapest
The European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA) will hold an event this October in Budapest to celebrate European thermal heritage.
21 Jun 2018
Active Uprising kicks off in Manchester
Leaders from across the physical activity industry have gathered for the first ever Active Uprising event – organised by ukactive – which is being billed as a "three-day celebration of physical activity".
20 Jun 2018
‘Blue Zone Communities’ to be explored at GWS
Dan Buettner – who identified the five places in the world where people live the longest, healthiest lives and founded Blue Zone wellness communities – will discuss the science of living longer at the Global Wellness Summit this October at the Technogym headquarters in Cesena, Italy.
20 Jun 2018
Christine Muchemu to receive ISPA Foundation scholarship
The International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation will award Christine Muchemu from Ithaca, New York, the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship onstage during the general session at the 28th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, from 24-26 September.
20 Jun 2018
Rugby League World Cup launches legacy programme
The Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) has launched a legacy programme, which looks to use the tournament as a catalyst to develop the game of Rugby League and "engage with the widest possible audience".
20 Jun 2018
Two Women in Wellness conferences to be held in 2019
American Spa is bringing back its Women in Wellness Leadership Conference twice in 2019. The first event will take place 12 March, 2019, in New York City, and the second will take place on the US West Coast in October 2019.
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