Int. J. of Arts and Technology   »   2010 Vol.3, No.1



Title: Multi-disciplinary toy design and engineering education for Hong Kong


Author: Yiu Cheung Shiu, C.Y. Chan, Melissa Morgan


Department of Engineering, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Tsing Yi) and Hong Kong Design Institute, 20 Tsing Yi Road, New Territories, Hong Kong.
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Melissa Morgan Design Consultants, 50 South Shore Road, Little Compton, RI 02837, USA


Abstract: Hong Kong is a global base for original equipment toy manufacturing and is striving to diversify to original design manufacturing and original brand manufacturing. This paper describes a multi-disciplinary toy design engineering approach to a Higher Diploma level vocational training programme with the necessary attributes to help Hong Kong's toy industry during this transition. After giving the rationale for developing a toy-specific and multi-disciplinary programme, the curriculum and the experience in running such a programme are discussed.


Keywords: toy design education; toy engineering; toy design engineering; multidisciplinary curriculum; ODM; original design manufacturing; OEM; original equipment manufacturing; OBM; original brand manufacturing; product design engineering; toy invention; Hong Kong; vocational training.


DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2010.030495


Int. J. of Arts and Technology, 2010 Vol.3, No.1, pp.94 - 117


Available online: 18 Dec 2009



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