University of Oregon

Department of Product Design


The Department of Product Design 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.



Home to the Department of Product Design's BA and BS Material and Product Studies undergraduate degree, Eugene is a small city and friendly "college town." The university brings culture and diversity to the city as well as an influx of several thousand new residents every fall. You can buy locally grown produce and goods at the weekly Saturday Market, join the monthly First Friday Artwalk, or attend a concert at performing arts centers and halls around town. Eugene is located one hour from both the Pacific coast and snowboarding at Willamette Pass and is two hours from Portland. Housing is varied and easy to find, from new apartments to classic bungalows.

Students studying in Eugene have access to other university resources, such as the College of Design and main campus libraries, the UO Recreation Center, the Erb Memorial Union and the Craft Center.



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Portland is home to the Department of Product Design's fifth year of study for students enrolled in the bachelor’s of fine arts (BFA) undergraduate degree and the department's graduate program in Sports Product Design. 

These programs at the University of Oregon in Portland connect in multiple ways with the city and the metropolitan area through teaching, research, creative work, and service activities. Portland is an extraordinary urban laboratory for the University of Oregon and the school’s engaged and active students and faculty members.

Portland is the largest city between Seattle and San Francisco and is known for its exceptional city planning, progressive residents, and art scene. Public transportation serves all areas of the city, and the MAX enables students to travel from campus to downtown for shopping, living, and connections to other transit lines. A little over an hour from both the Pacific Ocean and world-class snowboarding and skiing at Mt. Hood, opportunities for recreation abound. Portland residents are known for their enthusiasm for the outdoors, as evidenced by the types of companies that have chosen to make their corporate homes here (Columbia Sportswear, Leatherman, Nike, Nau, and Adidas). A breeding ground for design-based innovators, the city is experiencing an influx of creative people who come to experience the exceptional quality of life and work for world-class companies such as Intel and Ziba Design.


About the College of Design (formerly the School of Architecture and Allied Arts)

The College of Design offers degree programs in Eugene and Portland. We're a learning community, renowned for academic excellence, and innovative education. The College of Design 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.