UCF announced on Jan. 10 a new master of fine arts track in the theater major, called themed experience, that could potentially help students land jobs in the creative and design aspects of places such as theme parks, museums, restaurants, retail, zoos and other exhibitions.

This new program will be one of the first in the country dedicated to the creativity of themed experience.

"Themed experience is all about the idea of storytelling in different environments," said Paul Lartonoix, assistant dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.

Lartonoix said the program will offer many different internships with companies such as Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal and other tourism spots.

"Putting this program in Orlando is just the logical thing to do," said Peter Weishar, new themed experience faculty professor. "We have three of the top ten theme parks in the United States."

The new program will start in fall 2019. A majority of the classes will be held on UCF's main campus, and a few will be offered at Rosen College of Hospitality Management. Lartonoix said there's already been more than twenty people expressing interest.

"We want to make sure that we tailor this program to fit the needs currently of the industry and also looking to what's going to be in the future," Lartonoix said.

UCF is currently taking applications for the new themed experience theater track on the College of Graduate Studies website.

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