Toy Design

Toys are fundamental to our growth and our culture. We learn to make decisions, socialize, and create through play. We are one of only two colleges in the world with a Toy Design program.

As a Toy Design major at Otis College, you’ll learn to make the toys of tomorrow. Our comprehensive design curriculum includes the major categories of plush, preschool, dolls, action figures, toy vehicles, games, and more.

You’ll 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, sculpting, and prototyping, and progress into digital illustration and graphic representation, model making, and rapid prototyping.

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

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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