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

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

Addresses: 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

International Journal of Arts and Technology, 2010 Vol.3 No.1, pp.94 - 117

Published online: 18 Dec 2009 *

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