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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.

The Future of Local Trails

The Future of Local Trails


Carly Lansche, Cache County's new Trails Planner, shares her experience stepping into the new role, the opportunities for trails growth in Cache Valley, and the importance of community, government, and public support for trails.

An Introduction to the Outdoor Industry

An Introduction to the Outdoor Industry


Kristen Freaney and Stewart Lewis visit the Outdoor Product Design & Development program and share their experience working for the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), the impacts and growth of the industry, and their roles with the organization.

Starting a Fashion Label in Utah With Okito Brand

Starting a Fashion Label in Utah With Okito Brand


Gaby Okito didn't let anything stand in his way of starting a fashion label while living in Logan, Utah. He shares his journey launching the company with the $75 he earned from selling his mom's handbag.


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