Happiest student on earth: UC Berkeley’s first Disney major
By Michelle Leung
15 April 2016
Photo: Phillip Downey
The students of the College of Environmental Design are an interesting bunch. One CED senior in particular, Kristine Sanders, whose lifelong dream is to work for Disney as an Imagineer, developed her own independent major at CED, Imagine, Inspire, Illustrate — and she is the only student at UC Berkeley in that major. To pursue an independent major in the College of Environmental Design, a student must have a faculty sponsor who helps put together a list of courses and a graduation plan, within certain criteria involving unit requirements.
“This has to be one of the most unique and visionary theses I’ve chaired since I started teaching at Cal,” said Sanders’s faculty sponsor Chip Sullivan in an email. “Kristine is the first student I’ve taught that specifically wanted to be a Disney Imagineer and designed a curriculum to best prepare her for this creative career.”
Sanders’s curriculum consisted of classes in psychology, sociology, art and theater, as well as architecture and landscape architecture.
“Kristine has broken new ground in the design arts and has opened up new potentials for other students who might want to create their own independent major and thesis in Imagineering,” Sullivan said. “She has established new horizons in the creative arts.”