Themed Entertainment Design

Themed Entertainment Design

Themed Entertainment Design

This major is only available at the Purdue in Indianapolis campus.

Would you love a job creating and designing themed attractions and experiences that will bring stories to life? What if you could create for the likes of Walt Disney Imagineering, Universal Studios Creative, the Smithsonian, or another themed destination such as a theme park, zoo, aquarium, trade show or museum?

We provide you with a flexible experience that prepares you for a variety of careers. You will learn the history and current resources of the industry, try your hand at creating all kinds of experiences and then specialize in one of a few distinctive areas to prepare you for your career in the themed entertainment industry.

As you move along your learning journey you will be guided by our dedicated faculty and our wealth of industry connections (think of Disney, Sea World, Universal Studios, the Childrens Museum of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Zoom and more). You will also have the opportunity to get connected to some of the largest industry organizations out there including an opportunity to attend IAAPA, the largest attractions conference in the world.

We are only one of a few handful of programs in the country and are tightly connected to an industry that is dedicated to creating experiences that will amaze and delight audiences of all ages.

View the Plan of Study


  • Experience a variety of themed entertainment courses designed for immersive learning.
  • Discover the history of the theme park industry, including iconic names like Walt Disney and Knott’s Berry Farm.
  • Engage in dedicated internship experiences tailored to provide real-world industry insight.
  • Connect with major industry organizations and conferences in the industry
Themed Entertainment Design
Carys George

Innovative major draws student to Purdue University in Indianapolis

Industry internships, flexible class schedules and supportive professors are just a few of the things that Carys George, a Purdue themed entertainment design student in Indianapolis, loves about her major. Riding roller coasters as part of her education? That’s just a bonus.


See Carys' Story

What can I do?

Animatronics Designer
Concept Designer
Motion Designer
Interaction Designer

Where can I go?

The Childrens Museum of Indianapolis
The Walt Disney Company
Six Flags

Purdue University in Indianapolis

Purdue’s first comprehensive urban campus

Purdue University in Indianapolis is part of Purdue University West Lafayette, with multiple locations throughout the city of Indianapolis. It positions our students, faculty and staff in close proximity to top businesses and leading industries, providing new and unique executive education and internship opportunities.

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