About the OPDD Degree
Student needs are addressed through hands-on educational and studio-based experiences that integrate developmentally appropriate theory and research-based teaching strategies to facilitate learning for the future professional.
What Students Learn
Students will have the opportunity to learn the following skills and knowledge to prepare them for a career in the product design and development industry.
- Understanding of the product design and development process from market and product research, to ideation, to prototyping and developing finished products.
- Development of skills in order to communicate design whether through sketching or digital tools (Adobe / Solidworks).
- Commitment to sustainability and an understanding of the effect of product design and development and product lifecycles on people, societies, and environment.
- Proficiency in various technical skills in order to prototype products whether, hard product, apparel, or gear.
- Understanding of team dynamics, project management, and professionalism within the workplace.
The sports and outdoor industry provides students with a variety of exciting, highly skilled career opportunities including:
- Technical Apparel Designer / Developer
- Product Designer / Developer
- Footwear Designer / Developer
- Product Line Manager
Utah is home to over numerous sports and outdoor brands including Black Diamond, Amer Sports, Browning, Petzl, Camp Chef, Lifetime Products, Cotopaxi, Vista Outdoor, Skullcandy, Backcountry, NordicTrack, and more (GOED). Over 110,000 people work in the sports or outdoor recreation industry in Utah with consumers spending over $12 billion on recreation and outdoor products annually (OIA).