Toy and Game Designers


Education and Training Requirements

High School

Take as many art classes that are offered as possible, including illustration, sculpture, crafts, and graphic design. Classes in computers, English, math, and business are recommended also.

Postsecondary Education

Most entry-level toy and game design jobs require a bachelor's degree, which may be in art, graphic design, industrial design, or other art-related majors. Most toy and game designers need design and illustration skills and knowledge of design software, computer-aided design and drafting, and 3-D modeling. Coursework in business, industrial processes and materials, and manufacturing methods also helps toy and game designers in developing their designs. Art schools require applicants to submit examples of their artistic abilities. Courses in behavioral science, including child psychology, are also beneficial in understanding children better and the impact toys have on their development.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

There are no certification or licensing requirements for toy and game designers

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Toy and game designers have a bachelor's degree in art, which may include course work in behavioral science, including child psychology. Many designers start in entry-level positions in design firms and after several years may have sufficient experience to design toys and games. They must have an understanding of the age group they design for and the types of games and toys that interest them. Strong drawing skills and knowledge of computer-aided design software is required to do this type of work. An understanding of product functionality and usability is also required, and designers are usually skilled in mechanics, sewing, carpentry, and sometimes even robotics.