Entertainment Design

Digital design of a sail boat with huge snow mountains, a little row boat next to it, and ice over the ocean surface

Entertainment Designers Stir Imaginations


As an Entertainment Designer, you will create realities and experiences that excite minds and stir imaginations.You will do this by combining art and technology to create themed events, live shows, museum exhibitions, themed restaurants and parks, TV and film productions, and much more. LCAD’s BFA program in Entertainment Design provides you the education that entertainment designers need to bring these extraordinary experiences to life. Our state-of-the-art curriculum gives you real life, hands-on instruction with concept design, model and prop making, and 3-D digital tools.

Faculty Film Credits Include

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Corpse Bride
Open Season
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

Companies Who Employ Our Entertainment Design Faculty

Blizzard Entertainment
The Jim Henson Company
Marvel Entertainment
Red Mile Entertainment
Sony Entertainment
20th Century Fox
DHX media
DreamWorks Animation
High Moon Studios
Interplay Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment
Microsoft Studios
Obsidian Entertainment
The Showpros Group
Spectral Motion Inc.
Trio Entertainment
Warner Bros

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply principles of color theory, composition and form language to concept designs and illustrations as a way to emphasize and dramatize story.
  • Employ efficient and accurate drawing and painting abilities that convey an understanding of perspective, light logic, material indication and color.
  • Combine traditional and digital tools to create a variety of concept art including creatures, characters, environments, vehicles, costumes, and props in both 2D and 3D.
  • Apply the use of anatomy, gesture, form language, and staging in creature and character design for story development.
  • Develop proficient problem-solving skills through the use of research and development, ideation, orthographic drawing, and sequential art.
  • Combine research and visual-development skills to design authentic and accurate representations of themed locations and attractions for the entertainment industry.
  • Effectively engage with team members by both taking direction and leading in collaborative problem solving.

Department Leadership

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Chair of Entertainment Design

Todd Smith

Todd Smith is a seasoned artist who has worked as a concept illustrator and fine artist since 1998. He has worked in film and television in addition to showing his work in galleries. Todd studied Art History at UCLA, Drawing and Painting at Claremont Graduate University, and Entertainment Design at Art Center College of Design.

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