Entertainment Engineering and Design

Our multidisciplinary program combines technical theater and pure engineering to prepare you for work in the entertainment industry.

Welcome

Entertainment Engineering Design is a joint effort among the College of Fine Arts and the College of Engineering.

As a student in our program, you get hands-on experience designing, building, installing, and maintaining the various facilities, equipment, and technologies used in today's entertainment industry. Located in Las Vegas, you will able have the opportunity to work with some of the most cutting-edge companies in the entertainment business and learn how to create real, not virtual, entertainment experiences.

About

Las Vegas is known as the Entertainment Capital of the world due to the rapid growth of entertainment venues along the Las Vegas Strip. As the Strip has developed, the need for new and emerging technologies has increased. Entertainment Engineering Design is a nontraditional, interdisciplinary program with educational roots in theater, art, film, architecture, and the various engineering disciplines. Students who graduate from the UNLV Entertainment Engineering Design program will be developing the next generation of entertainment systems used throughout the globe.

The program offers the first alternative for students wishing to be involved in the entertainment industry rather than technical theater or pure engineering disciplines. The program positions graduates to become successful and competitive in a growing market, being well-versed in engineering principles, new materials, new and emerging technologies and traditional theatrical practices while still being able to recognize the artistic demands of the entertainment industry.

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Admissions

To become a student in the Entertainment Engineering and Design Program, you must follow the application process and be admitted to the College of Engineering.

A desire to excel in design and engineering principles, and a strong background in math and science (including calculus and physics) are also highly recommended. Prospective students are encouraged to take preparatory courses in art, design, engineering principles and Computer Aided Design (CAD).

The College of Engineering Advising Center provides information on the high school preparation course for students who aspire to receive an engineering degree, placement guidance and pre-engineering major standing.

Academic Programs

The Entertainment Engineering and Design program focuses on building a strong foundation in entertainment principles from the beginning of the students’ freshman year, emphasizing projects that involve hands-on fabrication and visual communication skills.

The first two years of the program focus on providing students with the skills needed to understand EED principles. Students take English, math, and science in addition to basic material science and artistic design principles, all of which form the foundation for the EED program. Students are engaged in projects during these first two years that help develop collaboration, analysis, planning and design skills. These skills are emphasized throughout their college career.

As students progress through the program, they have the opportunity to intern with entertainment companies such as Cirque du Soleil and Wet Design. As upper classmen, the students focus on specific areas within the entertainment industry.

Facilities

The Entertainment Research Center is a dynamic collaboration of interdisciplinary research fields including media, arts, design, and engineering. The center, run by Professor Si Jung Kim, investigates how humans interact with digital media effectively and efficiently and how digital media can improve the human condition.