University of Oregon

Department of Product Design

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

The Department of Product Design offers a five-year professional BFA degree in Product design.  Starting on the Eugene campus, product design students will take courses offered by the Product Design Program, as well as courses in Art, Digital Art, History of Art and Architecture, Interior Architecture, Anthropology and Business for the major.  They will also take a wide variety of courses throughout the university for a full liberal arts education.  The liberal arts basis of the University of Oregon offers our product designers the opportunity to work directly with students from many other disciplines, increasing the designers' capacities to connect, grow and develop futures with people of many interests and knowledge bases.

The fifth year of the BFA degree course of study takes place in Portland in the Old Town historic district. Proximity to the many design companies, firms, startups and creative practices in Portland offers the BFA students heightened opportunities for a variety of internships and professional design networking events throughout the city.

The Product Design BFA required courses include:

Core Courses 39 Credits
Surface, Space, and Time (ART 115) 4
Core Interdisciplinary Laboratory (ART 116) 4
Beginning Design Drawing (PD 223) 4
Designers' Tools (PD 240) 4
Print Media Digital Arts (ARTD 250) 4
One studio course chosen from product design (PD), ceramics (ARTC), fibers (ARTF), metalsmithing and jewelry (ARTM), sculpture (ARTS) 4
Two art history courses, including History of Design (ARH 358) 8
Two interior architecture courses, Understanding Contemporary Interiors (IARC 204) and Color Theory (IARC 447) 7
Upper-Division Studio Courses 56 Credits
Introduction to Design Studio (PD 301) 4
Drawing (PD 323) 4
Design for Use (PD 340) 4
Objects and Impacts (PD 350) 4
Design Process (PD 370) 4
Computer–Assisted Design and Production (PD 430) 4
Senior Studio I (PD 483), Senior Studio II (PD 484), Senior Studio III (PD 485) 12
Upper–division electives chosen from product design (PD), art (ART), ceramics (ARTC), fibers (ARTF), interior architecture (IARC), metalsmithing and jewelry (ARTM), or sculpture (ARTS) 20
Other Requirements 12 Credits
Introduction to Business (BA 101) 4
World Cultures (ANTH 161) 4
Marketing: Value for Consumers (BA 317) 4
Portland Coursework 42 Credits
Three courses in art history (ARH) 12 12
BFA Internship ( PD 404 Course SyllabusInternship Agreement Form, Intership Self Evaluation, Internship Supervisor Evaluation) 12
BFA Studio I, II, III (PD 486 BFA Studio I (Fall only), PD 487 BFA Studio II (Winter only), PD 488 BFA Studio III (Spring only)) 18

Admission to the BFA major requires an application and a portfolio review of the student's work from the first 3 years of study.

 

Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS)

If a student is not accepted as a BFA candidate, he or she may graduate from the University of Oregon with a BA or BS degree in Product Design. Students are eligible to receive one undergraduate degree in Product Design from the University of Oregon, either a BFA, or a BA or BS.  Students graduate without having taken the 42 professional-level credits of Portland Coursework listed in the BFA required courses.

BA and BS Product Design Requirements is 107 Credits and students must complete a minimum of 180 credits and satisfy general–university requirements for a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree.

Product Design BA/BS required courses include:

Core Courses 39 Credits
Surface, Space, and Time (ART 115) 4
Core Interdisciplinary Laboratory (ART 116) 4
Beginning Design Drawing (PD 223) 4
Designers' Tools (PD 240) 4
Print Media Digital Arts (ARTD 250) 4
One studio course chosen from product design (PD), ceramics (ARTC), fibers (ARTF), metalsmithing and jewelry (ARTM), sculpture (ARTS) 4
Two art history courses, including History of Design (ARH 358) 8
Two interior architecture courses, Understanding Contemporary Interiors (IARC 204) and Color Theory (IARC 447) 7
Upper-Division Studio Courses 56 Credits
Introduction to Design Studio (PD 301) 4
Drawing (PD 323) 4
Design for Use (PD 340) 4
Objects and Impacts (PD 350) 4
Design Process (PD 370) 4
Computer–Assisted Design and Production (PD 430) 4
Senior Studio I (PD 483), Senior Studio II (PD 484), Senior Studio III (PD 485) 12
Upper–division electives chosen from product design (PD), art (ART), ceramics (ARTC), fibers (ARTF), interior architecture (IARC), metalsmithing and jewelry (ARTM), or sculpture (ARTS) 20
Other Requirements 12 Credits
Introduction to Business (BA 101) 4
World Cultures (ANTH 161) 4
Marketing: Value for Consumers (BA 317) 4

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Minor

The Product Design (PD) Minor has been designed to give students a strong exposure to the theoretical and practical skills necessary for understanding the field of design. It includes a selection of courses from Product Design, A&AA foundation and Art History. The Product Design Minor appeals to students with a general interest in design or those who have a major in a related field.  The design process involves a combination of research, creative strategies and decision-making methods that can be directly applied to problems in every area of study. The growing popularity of Design Thinking, which applies design methods outside of the creative arts to areas such as business, medicine, and sociological sciences among others, has created interest in Product Design courses from students in many curricular areas across the University of Oregon. The PD Minor allows students in any discipline the opportunity to supplement their chosen major with the added perspective gained through the study of product Design.

Total Minimum Credits: 24 (All courses must be taken for a letter grade and receive a C- or better)

Students who wish to be PD minors must apply to the PD department. They will be required to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have taken PD 101. The applicant's GPA, PD 101 grade and ability to finish the PD Minor curriculum on schedule for graduation will all be considered in the admissions process.

Courses required for the PD minor are:

Intro to Product Design (PD 101) (also a pre-requisite for applying to the program) 4
Surface, Space, and Time (ART 115) 4
Design for Use (PD 340)* 4
Objects and Impacts  (PD 350)* 4
Design Process (PD 370)* 4
History of Design (ARH 358) 4

* Denotes courses that must be taken in sequence. 

Please complete the Product Design Minor Application below and return it along with a copy of your unofficial transcript to the Admin. office in 254 Lawrence Hall.

Product Design Minor Application form