Bachelor of Fine Arts in Product Design

Degree Overview

The Department of Product Design offers a five-year professional bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree in product design. Starting on the Eugene campus, product design students will take courses offered by the Product Design Program, as well as courses in Art, Digital Art, History of Art and Architecture, Interior Architecture, Anthropology and Business for the major. Students also take a wide variety of courses throughout the university for a full liberal arts education. The liberal arts basis of the University of Oregon offers our product designers the opportunity to work directly with students from many other disciplines, increasing the designers' capacities to connect, grow, and develop futures with people of many interests and knowledge bases.

The fifth year of the BFA degree course of study takes place in Portland in the Old Town historic district. Proximity to the many design companies, firms, startups, and creative practices in Portland offers BFA students heightened opportunities for a variety of internships and professional design networking events throughout the city.


Required Courses

124 total department credits (+ 60 credits of UO General Education courses)

Drawing and Basic Design (three courses)

12 Credits Total

ART 115: Surface, Space and Time
4 Credits
ART 116: Core Interdisciplinary Lab
4 Credits
PD 223: Beginning Design Drawing
4 Credits

Lower Division Studio: 200 Level (three courses)

12 Credits Total

PD 240: Designers' Tools
4 Credits
ARTD 250: Print Media Digital Arts
4 Credits
Elective *

One studio course chosen from product design (PD), ceramics (ARTC), fibers (ARTF), metalsmithing and jewelry (ARTM), sculpture (ARTS)

4 Credits

Upper Division Studio (six courses)

28 Credits Total

PD 301: Introduction to Design Studio
4 Credits
PD 302: Junior Design Studio 2
4 Credits
PD 323: Design Drawing
4 Credits
PD 330: Computer-Assisted Design & Production
4 Credits
PD 340: Design for Use
4 Credits
PD 350: Objects and Impacts
4 Credits
PD 370: Design Process
4 Credits

Senior Studio (three courses)

12 Credits Total

PD 483: Senior Studio I
4 Credits
PD 484: Senior Studio II
4 Credits
PD 485: Senior Studio III
4 Credits

Art History (two courses)

8 Credits Total

ARH 358: History of Design (required)
4 Credits
ARH: ARH Elective
4 Credits
PD 101: Intro to Product Design
4 Credits
PD 360: Object Culture
4 Credits

Portland 5th year

34 Credits Total

PD 404: Internship
12 Credits
PD 430: Compu-Assisted Design & Production 2
4 Credits
PD 486: PDX BFA Studio I
6 Credits
PD 487: PDX BFA Studio II
6 Credits
PD 488: PDX BFA Studio III
6 Credits

Upper Division Studio Electives

Minimum 18 Credits

Examples:
 
300-Level Studios in ARTC, ARTF, ARTM
 
PD 410: Advanced CAD
 
PD 410: Lighting Design
 
PD 410: Portfolio
 
PD 420: Digital Drawing
 
PD 440: Advanced Tools
 

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