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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


Student Clubs

Join various OPDD clubs and attend fun, educational events and receive hands on learning in your degree

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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.

Puerto Rico Outdoor Economic Development Panel

Puerto Rico Outdoor Economic Development Panel


Dr. Andrew Deceuster joined government representatives from the State of Utah and Puerto Rico in a recent webinar to discuss opportunities to strengthen and grow the outdoor economy in Puerto Rico.

History of Gear Series: Jack Stephenson's Warmlite

History of Gear Series: Jack Stephenson's Warmlite


Bruce Johnson, gear historian, shares the history of outdoor industry pioneer, Jack Stephenson and his company Warmlite. Stephenson, an aerospace engineer, brought technical materials, aerodynamic shapes, and an innovative approach to product design.

Nicole McLaughlin on Sustainabilty, Upcycling, and Design During COVID

Nicole McLaughlin on Sustainabilty, Upcycling, and Design During COVID


Nicole McLaughlin, a product designer taking the design, art, and fashion worlds by storm with her unique, upcycled designs shares her insights on designing during COVID-19, the future of sustainability, and how she stays creative.


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