Sports Product Design at the UO in Portland
Sports Product Design is the creation of innovative sports products through research and design. It’s a focused experience in ideation, creation, material research, production, and design development specific to sports products. The master of science in sports product design prepares designers to be key members and leaders of multidisciplinary development teams within the more than 700 sports product companies located in Oregon and beyond. The degree focuses on innovation methods, design for the athlete, product sustainability, and sports product marketing and branding.
The Department of Product Design has included sports gear in their curriculum since the program started in 2008, winning their first national student design award for their Oregon Manifest bicycle design and prototype. The department has also pioneered adaptive design working with athletes with disabilities. Students create innovative product designs that enable athletes to manifest their sports potential. Entering designers equipped with conceptual problem-solving abilities, knowledge of materials and production, strategies for emotional product resonance and relevance, and entrepreneurial skills will have their designer’s toolboxes enhanced with a deep, specific study of sports product techniques, tools and platforms, and human physiology, biomechanics, and sports psychology.
The University of Oregon's sports product design master's degree program is developing the next generation of innovative designers to inspire athletes around the world to play harder, run faster, and push the boundaries of the sport. Students who graduate from this program will be capable of making strong contributions to the sports design culture of Oregon and the world at large.
Degree Requirements (60 Credits)
The curriculum requires:
- 42 credits in sports product design
- 12 credits from sports product management, human physiology, and journalism and communication
- 6 credits minimum of electives from accounting, journalism, and management. Courses can be taken at PSU through the joint campus agreement.
Courses in Sports Product Design
42 Credits Total
SPD 684 Sports Product Design Research Methodology and Innovation Process Studio
SPD 650 Sports Product Materials and Manufacturing
SPD 685 Product Design Studio I
SPD 686 Product Design Studio II
SPD 687 Product Design Studio III
SPD 688 Sports Product Design Innovative Project Strategy Development Studio
SPD 689 Collaborative Creation and Launch Studio
Courses from sports product management, human physiology, and journalism and communication
12 Credits Total
HPHY 610 Human Biomechanics
SBUS 645 Sports Product
HPHY 631 (610) Human Performance and Sports Products
J 626 Strategic Marketing Communication (may substitute J621 or J616, if J626 not available)
6 Credits Total
J 616 Introduction to Strategic Communication Marketing
J 621 Foundations of Strategic Communication
J 624 Strategic Communication
MGMT 614 Strategic Management
MGMT 625 New Venture Planning
MGMT 641 Industrial Ecology
Industry partners for sports product design provide special opportunities for students. They fulfill a number of critical roles as part of our dynamic learning environment. Some of the ways we engage our industry partners include having them serve as instructors, advisors, guest reviewers, lecturers, and mentors for students. Here are some of our partners.