Beyond Graduation

Many of FIT’s Toy Design students are hired by the company that sponsors their internship before they graduate. Some alumni have formed their own inventor groups and sold their ideas to major companies such as Mattel and Disney.

students working on toy designFIT graduates are employed as toy designers at Alex Global Products, Baby Gap, Colorforms, Crayola, DC Comics, Disney, Gund, Hallmark Licensing, Hasbro, IDEO, JAKKS Pacific, Just Play, K’NEX, LEGO, Little Tikes, Lucas Arts, Mattel/Fisher-Price, Mega Brands, MGA Entertainment, NBC Universal, Nickelodeon, Pixar Animation Studios, Razor USA, Sesame Street Workshop, Spin Master, TOMY, Toys “R” Us and Wham-O.

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Bringing Toys Alive

As director of product design and development for Mattel, Tara McGrath’s job is to bring action figures to life for human children, such as those found in Toy Story. Her portfolio was reviewed by Toy Design chair Judy Ellis, who convinced her to become part of the program’s inaugural class.

I felt like I was at the right place at the right time.


Toy Design ’91
Tara McGrath

Read more about McGrath’s fascinating career in Toy Design.

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If you have questions about this program, please reach out.

Toy Design
School of Art and Design
Dubinsky Student Center, Room A571
(212) 217-5120