TIA Offers Free Membership to Toy Design Students at FIT and OTIS

July 30, 2013 | In support of the next generation of toy professionals, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) has announced that it will provide students enrolled in the toy design programs at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City and the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles with complimentary TIA Student Memberships beginning with the Fall 2013 semester.  

Student members of TIA may take advantage of industry networking and other professional development opportunities, including:

  • Invitations to attend TIA’s annual American International Toy Fair and certain other member events;
  • A subscription to Toy News Tuesday, TIA’s weekly industry e-newsletter;
  • Access to exclusive online information resources such as toy trends, legislative, regulatory and technical/safety updates, and other education and training resources; and
  • Access to the TIA Member Directory and the TIA Job Bank, where student members can post a resume and portfolio free of charge.

Additionally, TIA staff has offered to deliver in-school presentations on safety, trends and other topics to the students at FIT and Otis.

“Joining TIA’s more than 600 member companies is a great way for young toy designers to network and stay up-to-date on the latest trends and industry news,” said Ken Ebeling, TIA’s vice president of membership. “We’re proud to count these students among our members and help them jumpstart their careers in the toy industry.”  

The complimentary memberships supplement TIA’s longstanding annual financial support of both schools, which offer the only two Toy Design degree programs in the nation.

“I am honored that the TIA has chosen to provide our students with this extraordinary gift,” said Judy Ellis, chairperson and founder of the Toy Design Department at FIT. “Membership is a wonderful way for them to become a part of the toy community they are so passionate about. …. I want to thank the TIA for their continued support to the growth and development of the industry’s future designers."

Otis President Samuel Hoi added, “We are committed to providing an education to talented young designers that prepares them to be competitive in this age of ideas and innovation. The Toy Industry Association clearly understands this. Their generous support will ensure that we meet our goals.”