Themed Environment Design with Chris Runco
September 12 – November 14 (10 sessions total)
8 in-class sessions
Mondays, 7p – 10p
Location: MakeSpace Arts (2797 E. Foothill Blvd. Ste 100, Pasadena, CA 91107)
2 on-site field trips
Time and Location: TBA
Tuition: $495 (please note, does not include admission into field trip destinations)
Level: Intermediate perspective skills and good figure drawing required; model-building and 3D design experience helpful but not required
In this intensive class, theme park design veteran Chris Runco will discuss the unique challenges of creating themed environments, as well as the key concepts to making these immersive experiences real, practical, and entertaining. Subjects will cover theme parks, restaurants, retail and museums, upgrades to existing parks or exhibits, and discussion of new types of venues and technologies. Students will brainstorm, create written descriptions, storyboards, sketches, models and/or digital media, and ultimately present to the group. Basic skill prerequisites include intermediate perspective skills and good figure drawing; model-building and 3D design experience not required, but helpful. The class will take two field trips.
Chris Runco has worked in the theme park industry for over 35 years. He has been a lead show designer for several major attractions here and overseas, including the Typhoon Lagoon water park at Walt Disney World, and the Grizzly River Run raft ride and Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at Disney’s California Adventure. He also served as art director for Monsters, Inc. attractions in California and Tokyo. In addition, he has created concepts for several film and television projects and traveling shows.
He is currently a concept designer at Walt Disney Imagineering. He is also an award-winning editorial cartoonist, and enjoys plein air watercolor painting in his spare time.