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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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15 Feb 2018
Leisure Opportunities is doing an apprenticeship survey – take part!
To coincide with National Apprenticeship Week in March, Leisure Opportunities is undertaking an employer survey on the leisure industry’s needs and appetites for hiring apprentices.
15 Feb 2018
Cardiff Council reveals preferred location for new £110m indoor arena
Atlantic Wharf in Cardiff has been selected as the preferred site for a new 15,000-seat indoor arena.
13 Feb 2018
Happiness expert Shawn Achor to open ISPA 2018
The International Spa Association (ISPA) has announced that happiness expert Shawn Achor will deliver the opening keynote speech at the 28th annual ISPA Conference & Expo, which takes place in Phoenix from 24-26 September.
09 Feb 2018
Floating ice rink brings Raiders back to Romford at new £28m leisure centre
A ‘floating’ ice rink has opened in Romford as part of a new £28m leisure centre built to improve sports and fitness facilities in the area.
08 Feb 2018
UK’s first Coaching Week to celebrate wider impact of sports coaches
Great sports coaching will be celebrated in the UK’s first dedicated Coaching Week, to be held in June.
07 Feb 2018
De Leede and Kyricos named chairs of Global Wellness Summit
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has named fitness and wellness entrepreneur Tony de Leede and wellness consultant Mia Kyricos as co-chairs of this year’s event.
06 Feb 2018
Michael Mosley to headline first Elevate Conference
TV journalist and presenter Dr Michael Mosley has been announced as a keynote speaker for this year’s inaugural Elevate Conference in London.
06 Feb 2018
Athletics World Cup to launch in London with eight teams all led by female captains
British Athletics has announced that eight of the world's top athletics nations will compete in the first Athletics World Cup in London this summer.
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