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Get a B.A. in Toy Design (Batteries Not Included)

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Amy Koudelka is required to take courses like Soft Toy and Doll Design to earn her undergraduate degree in toy design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. (Courtesy of Guenter Knop)

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Students graduating with a degree in toy design at the Fashion Institute of Technology spend their final semester designing a line of toys in a category of their choosing, from action figures to storybooks. (Courtesy of Laura Mansdorf)

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The Twirlie Turtle designed by Laura Mansdorf was one of many toys on display during the toy design showcase at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Students are required to design and pitch their toys at the event as the last step for their degree in toy design. (Courtesy of Laura Mansdorf)

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Sang Yoo Kwon works on a doll for the class Soft Toy and Doll Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Students majoring in toy design learn everything from manufacturing to business practices in the toy industry. (Courtesy of Guenter Knop)

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Yaeko Abe is required to take courses like Soft Toy and Doll Design to earn her undergraduate degree in toy design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. (Courtesy of Guenter Knop)

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Two colleges, the Fashion Institute of Technology and Otis College of Art and Design, offer toy design as a major. Will students in these programs get a leg up in the toy industry since all those toys from China were recalled? Will more schools add toy design to their curriculum?


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