Themed Attraction Student Showcase
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Themedattraction.com exists to inform, encourage, educate, and expand the themed entertainment / location based entertainment / attractions industry. We are pleased to announce the inaugural “Themed Attraction Student Showcase” for the 2020/21 academic year.
The Themed Attraction Student Showcase is a celebration of the 1) creative, interdisciplinary nature of immersive and themed experiences in the built environment, 2) the faculty that shape future makers, and 3) the emerging talent of students in the themed attractions and environments industries. It’s been said that over 140 disciplines are involved in the creation of themed and immersive environments. The integration of creative arts with business, engineering, and technology is crucial to an immersive experience and enable a joyous society. Students from a wide range of academic programs with interests in the themed attractions andexperiences are encouraged to showcase project-based student work.
All students currently enrolled in a college or university are eligible to submit work. Individuals may submit work produced while enrolled as a student within the previous 12 months, up to 10 months after graduation. Students may submit team or individual projects. All submissions must have been produced while the individual(s) were higher-education students as part of assigned coursework or under the supervision of a faculty member (such as a thesis project or sponsored club activity). All submitted work must be original in design and content (no existing intellectual property).
Submissions should fall into one of three categories:
- Showcase – Design, Story and Visualization of a themed experience or attraction
- Showcase – Hospitality, Planning and Management of a themed experience or attraction
- Showcase – Engineering and Technology pertaining to a themed experience or attraction
Submissions may be recognized in, but are not limited to, the following sub-categories.
- Best in Show – Overall
- Best in Class – Storytelling/Show Writing/Guest Experience Narrative
- Best in Class – Application, and Use of Technology
- Best in Class – Concept Art/Graphic Design
- Best in Class – Master Planning / Area Development / Landscape Design
- Best in Class – Show Set Development / Attraction Design
- Best in Class – Architectural Development / Ride Envelope
- Best in Class – Audio Visual Design
- Best in Class – Ride & Show Systems (engineering the ride)
- Best in Class – Show Animation (animatronics and live actor use)
- Best in Class – Operational Management plan
Registration Period and Project Instructions
Individuals and teams wishing to participate are encouraged to register their participation by creating a profile at themedattraction.com and indicating their team or project affiliation within their profile at the appropriate prompts. Individual and team registrations will remain open until Jamuary 20th, 2021.
Submissions will be evaluated by a veteran panel of impartial industry professionals. Students will receive feedback on their submitted work when the results of the judging are announced. Reviewers may give anonymous critique or serve as themedattraction.com industry mentor
We will make available a board of professional student mentors to serve as a resource for students. These mentors will have direct knowledge of the design, conceptualization and implementation of themed entertainment projects. Contact us if you are interested to serve as a judge or industry mentor.
Submissions & Deliverables:
Submissions shall consist of an 8 – 12 minute video presentation presentation and may include supplemental attachments such as images, plans, illustrations, animations, etc… All work will be submitted online in digital format at themedattraction.com. Further submission instructions will be provided to registered participants. Submissions will be accepted from December 1 – April 30 with awards announcements in late May.
Nothing excites us more than seeing emerging professionals showcase their talents so come one, come all and show us what you and your classmates have been working on with your themed entertainment faculty!
Academic Advisory Council
- Dr. Jesse Kamm, IAAPA Academic Symposium / PMP / Licensed General Contractor
- Peter Weishar – Professor University of Central Florida / TEA Eastern North America Board member / TEA Academic Society
- Christian Rogers – Associate Professor Computer / Themed Attraction Design & Motion Design IU / PIU – (Indiana University / Purdue)
- Jamie DeRuyter – Faculty Entertainment Design / Ringling College of Art + Design
Faculty wishing to participate with your program please contact us at themedattraction.com or Dr. Jesse Kamm.
2. All individuals submit a team registration here as well: