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Courses in Imagineering

Themed Entertainment Production Techniques: Character Plaster (ART4928C)

This course provides an introduction to “character plaster”, a term associated with the production of hard finishes that mimic other materials, including rockwork, themed paving, and architectural facades such as faux stone and plaster.   Students will create original works using techniques adopted from the fabrication methods of Disney Imagineering applications as a means of investigating content and concepts. Through class discussions of relevant readings and artists working in the discipline, we will investigate aspects of “character plaster” and the potential application to student’s work and “real world Disney” projects. The class will include a field trip to Orlando to study Disney Imagineering character plaster techniques. This is the first of a two-course sequence: Character paint techniques which will be covered in the spring, Imagineering Production Techniques: Painting Environment. Students are recommended to not take a course immediately following this class time. This will allow students to continue working with the cement as it cures. This course includes a You do NOT need to apply to enroll in this course.  Contact Carolyn Henne (chenne@fsu.edu) if you have questions. This course includes a field trip to Disney!

Themed Entertainment Production Techniques: Painting Environments (ART4928C)

This course provides a continuation of “character plaster” and an  introduction to “character paint”, a term associated with the painting and faux finishing of sculpted cement elements that mimics other materials, including rockwork, themed paving, and architectural facades such as faux stone and plaster. Students will create original works using techniques adopted from the fabrication methods of Disney Imagineering applications as a means of investigating content and concepts. Through class discussions of relevant readings and artists working in the discipline, we will investigate aspects of “character paint” and the potential application to student’s work and “real world Disney” projects. You do NOT need to apply to enroll in this course. Students are required to have completed Character Plaster before taking this course. This course includes a field trip to Disney!

Creating Experience (IFS2063)

“This course helped us see more in the world around us.”    Class Participant Fall 2014
The “world around you” is exactly what this seminar based course discusses as students from across disciplines engage in lectures, projects, and design challenges to explore the skills and best practices necessary in designing for the world we engage with every day.  From highly themed and immersive experiences, to interactive education and retail, we study the history, present, potential future, and especially the impact each student can have on designing for the environment and activities,  that surround us.
OPEN TO ALL MAJORS! NO PREREQUISITES!

Interaction and Prototype Design (ART4928C)

“It was real, and it really mattered.”   Class Participant Fall 2014
Working with a real world partner, students in this class will learn the basics of interaction and experience design, with the added layer of adhering to a partner’s specific needs and preferences. With a path that includes front end research, to collaboration and presentation techniques and delivering a final product to our partner , this class runs the gamut of a real-world experience. From brainstorming to physical prototyping and play testing, the end result of this effort will very specifically reflect the expertise and passions that the students bring to the class.
OPEN TO ALL MAJORS! NO PREREQUISITES!