University of Oregon

Department of Product Design


The Product Design Program provides a thorough grounding in the use, invention, and production of consumer products. It integrates the theories and applied practices of the art, architecture, and design disciplines, creating collaborative opportunities across campus with the business school and the anthropology and chemistry departments. Students study both material and theoretical aspects of product design, manufacturing, and design research. The critical research and design work produced by students and faculty members has an impact on both the local and international design communities.

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Students learn to develop projects from a personal, local, and global perspective. They gain in–depth knowledge about materials, idea generation, prototyping, and manufacturing. Hand skills are taught alongside high tech 3–D rendering and printing. Our students finish the program with confidence and skills to work for a company or start their own business.  Students with an interest in being rigorous, critical, hands–on, mission–driven designers are perfect candidates for the product design BFA.  Join us in making our world.

The Product Design Program is a major partner in the university's Green Product Design Network. We create sustainable product–material–business solutions for new and existing companies.

About the School of Architecture and Allied Arts

The School of Architecture and Allied Arts (A&AA) offers degree programs in Eugene and Portland. We're a learning community, renowned for academic excellence, and innovative education. A&AA is dedicated to the principles of civic responsibility, environmental sustainability, international understanding, and cross–disciplinary education. We give our students the power to positively affect not just their own future, but also the people, communities, and environments around them. Our students come here ready to explore, learn, and create. They leave with the ability to question critically, think logically, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically.  In short, we empower our students to make good.