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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. 

Find My Advisor



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


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.

LIT Outdoors Product

Student Founded LIT Outdoors Smashes Kickstarter Goal


Utah outdoor startup, LIT Outdoors, raised over $175,000 on Kickstarter with the help of Outdoor Product Design and Development (OPDD) alum and product designer, Riley Hughes.

Student Spotlight: Doug Hintze

Student Spotlight: Doug Hintze


During OPDD Student Doug Hintze’s time in the program, his love of footwear, as well as the knowledge and skills he developed in a footwear design course, led him to a summer internship with Salt Lake City-based company, KURU.

State Support Bolsters Workforce Development Programs by OPDD

State Support Bolsters Workforce Development Programs by OPDD


The Department of Applied Sciences, Technology, and Education received close to $100,000 in grant funding through the Talent Ready Utah grant program, for the purpose of growing talent pipelines to the outdoor and manufacturing industries in Utah.


Become an Aggie

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  1. Apply to USU
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  3. Check scholarships and funding opportuinites 
  4. Submerge into Student Life