University of Oregon

Department of Product Design

Sports Product Design

Pushing the boundaries: Product Design students create specialized gear for wheelchair rugby.  Click here to see how


Sports Product Design at the UO in Portland

Student Drawing

The master of science in sports product design will prepare designers to be key members and leaders of multidisciplinary development teams within the more than 700 sports product companies located in Oregon and beyond. The degree focuses on innovation methods, design for the athlete, product sustainability, and sports product marketing and branding. 

Entering designers equipped with conceptual problem-solving abilities, knowledge of materials and production, strategies for emotional product resonance and relevance, and entrepreneurial skills will have their designer’s toolboxes enhanced with a deep, specific study of sports product techniques, tools and platforms, and human physiology, biomechanics, and sports psychology.

Students who graduate from this program will be capable of making strong contributions to the sports design culture of Oregon and the world at large. 

We welcome you to visit the Portland White Stag Block to view the facilities and meet faculty and students. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Candidates will be considered for the next available cohort.  Apply Now!


What is Sports Product Design?

Sports Product Design is the creation of innovative sports products through research and design. It’s a focused experience in ideation, creation, material research, production and design development specific to sports products.

The UO Department of Product Design has included sports gear in their curriculum since the program started in 2008, winning their first national student design award for their Oregon Manifest bicycle design and prototype. The program has also pioneered adaptive design working with athletes with disabilities.  Students create innovative product designs that enable athletes to manifest their sports potential.  Learn more about the Adaptive Design studio projects here.

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