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OPDD
Outdoor Product Design and Development

Welcome to Outdoor Product Design & Development!

Outdoor Product Design & Development provides students passionate about creating products with the knowledge of design principles and aesthetics and technical skills in order to make them come to life. Over the course of 4 years, students will learn the process of product creation, how to communicate design through sketching and digital tools, and how to translate designs into protoypes and final products through hands on projects.

OPDD students can design anything they put their mind to, including ice axes, a line of sustainable apparel, soccer cleats, and many other exciting products!

Students have access to 6 different labs on campus to get their hands dirty and translate their sketches and digital renderings into prototypes and finished products.

Students in OPDD end up working in a variety of full-time positions including designer, technical developer, product line manager, supply chain manager, and more.

OPDD was created with the help of the Industry Advisory Board including representatives from companies including Patagonia, VF Corporation, Black Diamond, and more.

OPDD Student Resources 

Advising

Advising

Contact or schedule an appointment with your advisor to create a plan that is best for you to graduate. 

Find My Advisor

Scholarships

Scholarships

All matriculated OPDD students are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Last year over $30,000 were awarded.

View Scholarships

Internships

Internship

Students looking for their required internships opportunites, or companies looking to advertise can contact staff.

Internship Info

Clubs

Student Clubs

Join various OPDD clubs and attend fun, educational events and receive hands on learning in your degree

Find a Club

OPDD students and faculty in the news!

Read stories about what students and faculty in the OPDD program are building and creating HERE.

Package Design Sprint and Workshop

Package Design Sprint and Workshop

11/18/2019

Package designers from local companies hosted a workshop and design sprint for OPDD students focused on package design.

Preserving a Legacy of Outdoor Products History

Preserving a Legacy of Outdoor Products History

11/15/2019

A unique university collaboration between Library Special Collections and Outdoor Product Design & Development is preserving the history of the outdoor industry.

Cotopaxi Designer and Aggie Alumni Returns to Speak to Aspiring Designers

Cotopaxi Designer and Aggie Alumni Returns to Speak to Aspiring Designers

11/11/2019

Ben Doxey, a USU alumni and former OPDD student returned to speak to freshmen in the OPDD program. Doxey works as an apparel designer for Salt Lake City-based outdoor product company, Cotopaxi.


 

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