Online course on creating your own toys offered

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IF YOU have always dreamed of designing and making your own toys, Benilde offers a short online course on how to do it.

The one-of-a-kind Toy Development Program, which covers the art and technology of toy making, from conceptualization, precision component assembly and prototyping to color palette and decor planning , is offered as a comprehensive online certificate course. The training is aimed at artists, enthusiasts, collectors and professionals.

Students will be guided through different material manipulations, conventional and unconventional manufacturing techniques, as well as manual and motorized methods to transform design drawings and sketches into two-dimensional and three-dimensional outputs. The application of finishing touches such as paint and decals will also be covered.

Students will be given a set of materials to produce their own prototype toy. Each project will be evaluated taking into account accuracy, cleanliness, material use, construction efficiency and overall fit and finish.

The program will be hosted by award-winning designer AB Cruz, a former student of De La Salle College in Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB). He is currently an instructor there, specializing in model making, prototyping, toy design and mechanical design.

His team is behind the animatronic puppet of the announcement of the San Miguel flavored beer proposal in 2016 and the various elements of a Globe Telecom advertisement in 2018 entitled “Enjoy a day like no other” . Additionally, his action figure, dubbed United States of Utopia: AFRS Type 01 Trash Can, was produced by Toy Notch, which specializes in adult collectibles such as mechs.

The course is offered by the Vocational and Continuing Education School (SPaCE) of DLS-CSB, and classes are scheduled on Saturdays June 5, 12, 19 and 26. asynchronous sessions. Lectures and online discussions will be organized and educational tools, such as video guides and online manuals, will be provided. There will be time for progress reviews, troubleshooting consultations, as well as final result presentations.

The module fee is P11 895.

For more information on this course and other available online courses and their respective industry expert facilitators, visit benilde.edu.ph/space.html or the official Benilde Continuing Education Facebook account (@SPaCEBenildeOfficial).

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