The Master in Design for Kids & Toys is organized in partnership with Assogiocattoli, which represents Italian manufacturers and distributors working in this industry. Italy generally excels in design (that means culture, method and practice of project and production) in several fields like fashion, food and creativity applied to multiple activities, but in the toy and childcare productions Italian design has yet to play a key role in building a recognizable identity. The “Design System” and “System of Enterprise”, shows significant episodes but certainly not a coherent and recognizable oversight in children’s products, in furniture for children, in the game and in the toy sector. From this scenario it comes a need in poly-technical and multi-skill training.
Designers and, in particular, strategic designers have the role of create scenarios understanding the many aspects and skills that compose the system. Design a toy or a product/service for children needs the skills to design the whole system of artefacts, around the child and for products and services.
Too often actually products for children have been interpreted as the declination of pre-existing goods, overloaded with signs, functions and colours inserted in a deliberately redundant packaging, or the unmediated reproduction of an adult object. Today technology offers interesting opportunities but often it is not a vehicle of qualified contents able to generate new ways of playing, learning and socializing or stimulating creativity and imagination, but more often it is a self-referential and not suitable for children component.
If we think today about the “Design for Kids”, then we realize the number and type of skills needed to design a quality product aimed at the world of children.
Master in Design for Kids & Toys has three types of employment opportunities:
– Freelance professionals and consultants able of thinking, developing and managing product service system projects and educational activities (training, laboratories, workshops etc.);
– Startuppers able of giving life to new businesses within offering for kids by taking cross-cutting
opportunities in different sectors and areas (from technology to services);
– Positions in research and development offices, technical office, marketing and communication of
companies, agencies and institutions that have business related to the child system;
– Positions in retail specialized in the child system.
The Master also has the cultural goal of training mothers and dads aware of the role of play in the educational development of children. The Master aims to train professionals able to exploit all the potentials and opportunities of technology and markets, putting the child at the center of any design process and innovation.
Theoretical training modules in e-learning mode: students, using the e- learning platform, follow all the e-learning didactic modules managing autonomously the times and the hours of use of the didactic contents. The students will be supported during the entire course through the use of digital tools such as the Slack collaboration platform, Microsoft Teams for planning video conferences and one-to-one meetings, and targeted email exchanges. At the end of each module students will have to take a test (quiz or report) to verify the acquired concepts.
The theoretical training modules, delivered in e-learning mode, concern the following subjects:
-strategic design and design thinking
-marketing and communication
-companies, the sector and the markets
-technologies and materials
-laws and safety
-pedagogy, psychology, cognitive ergonomics and neuroscience
The course provides the following didactic programme:
- Human Centered Design
- Strategic Design
- Technology and materials
- Project management
- Ict and robotics
- Entrepreneurship & Strategy
- Worshop 1
- Workshop 2
Title and acknowledgements At the end of the Course, a certificate of attendance will be issued by POLI.design S.c.r.l.
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