Ohio University

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

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Country/Region

United States

Program Feature

Gen Ed

Program Term

Fall
Semester
Short-term

Program Type

OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Application Deadline

March 6 at 11:59pm

For more information contact

Beth Novak
Program Director
novakb@ohio.edu

John Bowditch 
Program Director
bowditch@ohio.edu

Emily Englehart
Global Programs Coordinator 
eengleha@ohio.edu

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Overview 

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. 

Highlights and Excursions 

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. 

Good to know

  • This program is a semester-long course on the Athens campus and includes an off campus field experience in Orlando for a week. 
  • Participants are required to attend an information session or meet with the director before applying to this program.

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.

Program Dates 

December 6, 2020 - December 14, 2020

*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. 

This program is offered annually and typically opens for application by the beginning of the spring semester.

Academics  

Students will take COMM 4023 (T3) for a total of 4 credit hours.

Cost  

The program fee for this program includes: Disney, Disney Educational Program, Universal, and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, meals, and farewell dinner.

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 4 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet 2020

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  

*Note: 

  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 
  • For programs completed over winter-break and spring break, the credit-hours associated with the program are part of the spring semester. Students taking between 12 to 20 Athens campus hours, including those associated with the program, will not incur additional tuition costs for the spring semester. Students taking less than 12 or more than 20 Athens campus credits for the spring term will see their tuition charge adjusted accordingly.  

Looking for Funding Opportunities? 

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

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

Eligibility and Requirements 

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. 

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 abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy 

This program does not accept NON-OHIO students.

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.
 

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