Toy Design

Toys are fundamental to our growth and culture. We learn to make decisions, socialize, and create through play. We are one of only two colleges in the world with a dedicated Toy Design program. We offer the only four-year accredited BFA Toy Design degree.

As a Toy Design major at Otis College, you’ll receive a well-rounded education to prepare you for a successful career. Our comprehensive design curriculum includes the major categories of plush, preschool, dolls, action figures, vehicles, games, and more.

You’ll also take courses in child psychology and development, marketing, engineering, model making, digital design, computer rendering, packaging, and presentation. You’ll start with analog training in conceptual drawing and progress into digital illustration and graphic representation. You’ll learn to bring your 2D concepts into 3D form through sculpting, prototyping, and model making. 

Our program includes faculty and guest mentors who are renowned toy design and entertainment professionals. After your sophomore year, you’ll have the opportunity to gain industry experience with summer internships at a wide range of our toy and entertainment partners such as Mattel, Hasbro, Spin Master, Disney and more.

When you graduate, you’ll have a final portfolio that highlights your unique talents, ideas, and technical skills across a broad range of toy categories.

Toys are an important part of our history and culture. Not only is imaginative play fun, but also as psychologists have shown, it is crucial for the development of such high-level skills as decision-making, socialization, and creativity. The comprehensive design curriculum includes the major categories of plush, preschool, dolls, action figures, toy vehicles, and games. Classes in child psychology and development, marketing, engineering, model making, digital design, computer rendering, packaging, and presentation are also included in the curriculum. Students begin by learning analog skills in conceptual drawing, sculpting, and prototyping, and progress into digital illustration and graphic representation, model making, and rapid prototyping. Faculty and guest mentors are toy and entertainment design professionals. Summer internships give students the opportunity to gain industry experience at many companies including Mattel, Hasbro, Disney, and Spinmaster.

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