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US: Storytelling, Technology, and Digital Media in Theme Parks

USA- theme parks


This program examines media design, technology, and storytelling principles that are employed in the development of theme parks. Special emphasis is placed on the integration of different forms of media into one cohesive immersive environment. 

The program is a semester-long course on the Athens campus and includes an off campus field experience in Orlando for a week.

Travel Dates

December 7, 2019- December 15, 2019

*Students are required to complete a form as part of this program, as they will not be attendance for finals week. This process is handled with guidance from faculty directors.

Eligibility and selection process

This program is open to undergraduate seniors (at the time of the class) with 15 hours of COMS or ITS or JOUR or MDIA or VICO. Applications and GPA will be considered. A list of references is required.

Applicants must be matriculated undergraduate OHIO students. 

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study away.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.


Application deadline: March 18, 2019


It is required that you attend an information session or meet with the director before applying to this program. Info Session Dates:

  • Wednesday, February 20, at 12pm in Schoonover 276
  • Monday, February 25, at 5 pm in Schoonover 276
  • Tuesday, March 5, at 3 pm in Schoonover 276

Excursions and Highlights

Students will experience all access tickets, workshops and speakers, and behind-the-scenes tours at Walt Disney World and a day-long visit to Universal Studios.

Living Arrangements

Students will stay in a Walt Disney World Resort during the 9-day off campus field experience. Two students will share a room.


Courses & Credits

Undergraduate: COMM 4023 (T3): 4 credit hours


Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet Fall 2019

For more information on funding  and scholarships.


Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

*School of Media Arts & Studies students may apply for an internal scholarship through the  Ralph J. Bitzer MDIA Opportunities Scholarship.

Requesting accommodation for disabilities

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study away program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

For more information contact

Beth Novak, Program Director
E-mail: novakb@ohio.edu

John Bowditch, Program Director
E-mail: bowditch@ohio.edu

Emily Englehart  
Global Programs Coordinator | Office of Global Opportunities  
Email:  eengleha@ohio.edu





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