Otis College of Art and Design offers one of the world’s only four‐year Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Toy Design.

Taught by faculty and guest mentors who are renowned toy design and entertainment professionals, the program focuses on the process of designing and bringing toys to market. Students create toys for all ages, across numerous categories, with a focus on play.

Students graduate with a final portfolio that highlights their unique talents, technical skills, and innovative ideas to launch them into creative, rewarding, and meaningful careers.

Otis students are the future of Toy Design who will shape the industry, impact society, and inspire generations to come.


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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