School of Art and Design
Applications accepted for fall only. NYSED: 89109 CIP: 50.0404
The Toy Design BFA prepares students for careers as children’s product designers working with a variety of companies in the toy industry, from small specialty firms to major global corporations. Students participate in a summer internship that takes place between the junior and senior year. Curriculum below is for the entering class of fall 2021.
|MAJOR AREA||TY 326 - Toy Design I and Product Rendering||3|
|TY 327 - Drafting and Technical Drawing||3|
|TY 352 - The Toy Industry: Methods and Materials||3|
|RELATED AREA||FA 301 - Anatomy for Toy Designers||1.5|
|LIBERAL ARTS||SS 232 - Developmental Psychology||3|
|MAJOR AREA||TY 313 - Soft Toy and Doll Design||3|
|TY 332 - Model Making and 3D Prototyping||3.5|
|TY 342 - Computer Graphics in Toy Design||2|
|RELATED AREA||MK 301 - Marketing for the Toy Industry||3|
|LIBERAL ARTS||HE 301 - Motor Learning: A Developmental Approach||3|
|HA 345 - History of Industrial Design choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/Art History||3|
|TY 491 - Summer Internship: Toy Design**||4|
|TY 411 - Toy Design II and Product Update||2|
|TY 421 - Advanced Hard Toy: Design Engineering||5|
|TY 442 - Advanced Computer Graphics in Toy Design||2|
|TY 463 - Storybook Design and Licensed Product||3|
|LIBERAL ARTS||MA 041 - Geometry and Probability Skills||1|
|MA 241 - Topics in Probability and Geometry||3|
|MAJOR AREA||TY 414 - Games***||1.5|
|TY 461 - Business Practices for the Toy Industry||2|
|TY 467 - Professional Portfolio||4.5|
|RELATED AREA||PK 403 - Packaging for the Toy Designer||2|
|LIBERAL ARTS||choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/Art History||3|
|choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts Elective(s)||3|
|TOTAL CREDIT REQUIREMENTS|
*Fall 2021 Requirements: See below.
Liberal Arts, Art History, and General Education: 19 credits
- Art History Requirements: 6 credits. HA 345 and CHOICE of one (1) additional 3-credit History of Art course that meets the General Education Other World Civilizations requirement (G9). See the full list of Art/Design History courses under HA: History of Art and Civilization.
Social Sciences: 3 credits. SS 232.
Health Education: 3 credits. HE 301.
Liberal Arts Elective(s): 3 credits.
Select a Liberal Arts course (for which prerequisites have been met) from the following subject areas: CH (Chinese); EN (English); FI (Film and Media Studies); FR (French); HA (History of Art); HE (Health Education) 201 or 301; IT (Italian); JA (Japanese); MU (Music) MU 202, 203, or 391; HI (History); MA (Math); LA (Liberal Arts); MC (Modern Languages and Cultures); PE (Physical Education and Dance) 215, 216, 217; PL (Philosophy); SC (Science); SP (Spanish); and SS (Social Sciences).
If internship cannot be completed during the summer, a special independent study program will be arranged in the eighth semester.
Upon graduating from the Toy Design BFA program, students will be able to:
- Explain child safety and testing requirements and be able to apply this knowledge to select appropriate materials.
- Determine appropriate manufacturing methods to satisfy specific design and safety requirements, as well as produce a product that stands up to the rigors of normal use and foreseeable abuse.
- Design and invent innovative products that will have a lasting impact on children by respecting their intelligence and reflecting their play needs.
- Utilize technology to enhance content and the play experience.
- Identify and analyze play patterns as they relate to children’s developmental and emotional needs.
- Demonstrate, through a structured summer internship, skills required by the industry, such as the ability to work to deadlines, problem-solving, teamwork, and presentation and communication skills, with a focus on contributing to a company’s product development.
- Display technical drawing and illustration skills at a professional level.
- Design children’s products within relevant, timely, innovative product categories that are determined by market trends and buyer behavior.