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Outdoor Product Design and Development

Welcome to Outdoor Product Design & Development!

Outdoor Product Design & Development provides students the opportunity to learn the design principles and technical skills necessary to bring innovative and impactful products to market. 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.

Charles Ross, Sportswear Specialist and Lecturer at the Royal College of Art

Charles Ross, Sportswear Specialist and Lecturer at the Royal College of Art


Charles Ross, a Lecturer at the Royal College of Art and a Performance Apparel Specialist, spoke to students in the Sustainable Design and Operations class in the Outdoor Product Design & Development program.

Morgan Davis Accepts Position at Nani Swimwear

Morgan Davis Accepts Position at Nani Swimwear


Morgan Davis, a student in the OPDD program at Utah State University, has accepted a role as a Product Line Management and Design Intern at Cache Valley brand, Nani Swimwear.

The Business of Outdoor Lighting: A History of UCO with Bruce Johnson

The Business of Outdoor Lighting: A History of UCO with Bruce Johnson


Bruce Johnson, a gear historian and enthusiast, talks about the history of UCO - a company known for its innovative outdoor products such as the candle lantern and the ice cream ball.


Utah Industry Resource Alliance Partner

Utah State University’s Utah Manufacturing Extension Service and the Outdoor Products Design and Development program have combined to create the Manufacturing and Outdoor Products support hub. The two programs also became founding members of the Utah Industry Resource Alliance (UIRA). The UIRA is a vital economic development organization chartered specifically to help Utah manufacturers, industry, and rural Utah businesses. UIRA's primary focus is to Help Utah’s Manufacturers Grow and Thrive. The UIRA serves as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center for Utah, providing services and outreach to all 29 counties. It focuses on improving the bottom line through concepts like process improvement and operational efficiencies, supply chain optimization, and quality systems and certifications. It also focuses on helping companies grow through new technologies, workforce development, strategic planning, and expanded markets.

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