There are a lot of different careers in the arts, including Toy Design, Product Design, and Industrial Design.
You can major in Toy Design at The Fashion Institute of Technology and OTIS, 3-D Design at The School of Visual Arts, and Industrial Design or Product Design at Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University and ArtCenter.
A toy designer is someone who designs and creates toys. An industrial designer develops the ideas for products like appliances, electronics, shoes, cars and toys. They combine art, business, and engineering to make products that people use every day.
In this video we discuss a little about each of these programs:
FIT offers the world’s first and foremost accredited bachelor’s degree program in Toy Design.
The Toy Design program at FIT you will learn to create safe toys that entertain, educate, and inspire kids, from infants to tweens. In an environment that simulates a toy-industry facility—including a high-tech workshop with a professional model-making shop and a product library of toy catalogues, games, stuffed animals, and toys
You will study child development and psychology, design and engineering of hard and soft toys, game design, model making, product materials, and safety considerations. You’ll create three-dimensional renderings and you will understand the business of toys, from manufacturing to branding and promotion.
In this program, students become so immersed in the industry that even before graduation many have designed toys that are already on store shelves.
As a Toy Design major at Otis College, your design curriculum includes the major categories of plush, preschool, dolls, action figures, toy vehicles, games, and others.
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.
Their 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 thier 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.
SVA ‘s 3-D Design major is part of the schools Design department
The program focuses on teaching visual communication problem solving, with a wide range of course options that are tailored to each student’s strengths and needs. This gives students the opportunity to develop their own vision, giving students more possibilities to find their niche.
This photo is from an exhibition of SVA 3-D Design student work called “Obsessorize” where they created imaginative accessories for an exhibition produced in collaboration with the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District. The students’ work was inspired by iconic accessories of past decades, resulting in shoes and bags made out of items like antique teapots, clocks, milk and cookies, pennies, and much more. The designs were on view along 29 blocks of Madison Avenue
This public arts project “The Chairousel,” is by students from SVA’s 3D Design program. Students created sculptural chairs representing their wide range of inspirations—food, space rockets, furry creatures, found objects, lollipops—to spin on a refurbished, operating 1960s carousel. Topped by a comically oversized chair, the full piece rose almost three stories tall and can be seen from blocks away. The students work was viewed by more than 5 million people in the heart of Times Square, in Manhattan.
Pratt’s Industrial Design Program teaches you to be able take your place in the design world and influence it in a positive way, to move society in a more creative and responsible direction. They teach translating ideas into form, in a studio environment that promotes individual and group learning.
Students are encouraged in studio classes; to find aesthetic sensibility in form-making both technically and creatively, and conceptual thinking about social and environmental issues.
Graduates of this program have a high level of competence in translating ideas into 2- and 3-D form, implementing their aesthetic sensibility, critical thinking, and use of digital/analog tools, in-depth knowledge of the design process according to current professional practice, a working knowledge of materials and methods of manufacture that incorporate principles of sustainability, ethics, and the global consequences. And will develop a humanistic approach to the needs of end-users from the point of view of interface, ergonomic, social, historical, and commercial perspectives.
ART CENTER product design- ArtCenter’s Product Design emphasizes the creation of consumer product designs that improve lives through a blend of functionality, relevance and sensory appeal. Students in this program develop a commercial mindset that enables them to successfully manage innovation and risk.
They also have a partnership with the international business school INSEAD, which enables students interested in the intersection between design and business to immerse themselves for a semester in an MBA program.
Graduates of this program can go one to become Product Designers who improve lives by creating consumer products—from game-changing wearables to life-changing medical devices to everything in between.
Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Designs Product Designprogram is a balance of preparing students for both the physical and digital world.
Students develop a deep understanding of the ways products shape and inform human behavior, and learn to design products and their interactions within the context of human needs.
Their Product Design program prepares students for areas in but not limited to: furniture, digital and mobile devices, medical and sporting equipment, apparel and soft goods, industrial products and safety devices, and household goods and appliances.
You’ll study systems thinking and engage in an iterative, multi-disciplinary and collaborative design process that involves human-centered research, observation, modeling, prototyping, and evaluation. They introduce current production and manufacturing processes as well explore new mediums and methods for creating thoughtful and responsible design solutions.
The Rhode Island School of Design’s Industrial Design program gives students progressively more challenging studio projects to enable you to build an awareness of materials and gain an in-depth understanding of visual and 3D vocabulary through hands-on work. Professors emphasize both the traditional values behind industrial design and current trends in the profession as students progress from creating developmental drawings, to three-dimensional mock-ups and models, to working drawings and prototypes that incorporate manufacturing considerations.
Graduates of this program can conceptualize and develop ideas imaginatively and accurately in three dimensions, effectively communicate their design intent to audiences, apply knowledge of user experience, human factors, and usability assessments in the design development process And exercise collaborative skills for working across disciplines and in multidisciplinary fields
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