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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.

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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: Springbar Tents

History of Gear Series: Springbar Tents


Utah's tent-making history can be traced back to Arthur Jack Kirkham's decision to buy a tent and awning company based in Utah. From that decision, Kirkham invented the Springbar Tent and championed Utah gear making for decades to come.

History of Gear Series: Evolution of Mountain Tents

History of Gear Series: Evolution of Mountain Tents


Gear historian, Bruce Johnson, shares the history and evolution of mountain tents from Civil War era "pup tents" to the North Face geodesics and beyond. Tents are a unique piece of gear as they fulfill one of the most basic human needs, shelter.

COVID Changes to the Motorsports Industry

COVID Changes to the Motorsports Industry


KLIM is part of Teton Outfitters Global Human Resources Director at Teton Outfitters, Sandi Landon, shares the state of the motorsports industry, how the company has adapted to COVID, and how the pandemic has affected her role in recruiting.


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