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OPDD
Outdoor Product Design and Development

Welcome to Outdoor Product Design & Development!

Outdoor Product Design & Development provides students the opportunity to learn the design principles and technical skills necessary to bring innovative and impactful products to market. 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. 

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Scholarships

Scholarships

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

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Internships

Internship

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

Internship Info

Clubs

Sustainability Certificate

OPDD has partnered with the Outdoor Industry Association to launch the online Outdoor Industry Business Certificate.

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OPDD students and faculty in the news!

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

The State of Outdoor Journalism with Amelia Arvesen

The State of Outdoor Journalism with Amelia Arvesen

01/11/2021

Amelia Arvesen shares her experience working in outdoor journalism, the joys and challenges of working freelance, and Honing Her Craft, where she tells the story of creative women.

Field Testing With Mountain Equipment Research Group

Field Testing With Mountain Equipment Research Group

01/04/2021

Chris El-Deiry, Owner of Mountain Equipment Research Group, shares his journey to a career in the outdoor industry and his venture providing field testing services for brands across the industry.

John Sears Talks Pack Design at Gregory

John Sears Talks Pack Design at Gregory

12/28/2020

John Sears, VP at Gregory Mountain Products, joined the Intro to Product Creation class to talk about his pathway into the outdoor industry through industrial design as well as the challenges and opportunities designing softgoods and packs.


 

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