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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 



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

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

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

Internship Info


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.

History of Gear Series: Alan Tabor / Co-Founder of Mountain Hardwear

History of Gear Series: Alan Tabor / Co-Founder of Mountain Hardwear


Alan Tabor, co-founder of Mountain Hardwear shares his thoughts on the early days of the company, the history of gear in the Bay Area, and his place in helping create the Outdoor Recreation Archive at Utah State University.

Alumni Spotlight: Natalie Cullum / Orvis

Alumni Spotlight: Natalie Cullum / Orvis


Natalie Cullum, an OPDD alum and Product Design at Orvis shared her experience transitioning from college life to working in the industry, what her day to day looks like, and things she wished she would have known.

History of Gear Series: Dr. Rachel Gross on the Evolution of Outdoor Clothing

History of Gear Series: Dr. Rachel Gross on the Evolution of Outdoor Clothing


Dr. Rachel Gross shares her insights into the evolution of outdoor apparel and what clothing says about those who wear it. Dr. Gross argues that outdoor clothing, known for its performance, also represents values and communicates identity.


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