Sports Product Design at the UO in Portland
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.
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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