Master of Science in Sports Product Design

Degree Requirements | Required Courses | Partners

Degree Overview

Sports Product Design at the UO in Portland

Sports Product Design is the creation of innovative sports product through research and design. It is a focused experience in research, ideation, materials, creation, development, production, and validation specific to sport 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 800 sports product companies located in Oregon and beyond. The degree also focuses on innovation methodology, athletic performance, sustainability, and sports product marketing and branding.

The Department of Product Design has included the design of 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 products, while working in partnership with local athletes to manifest their full sports potential.

Entering students 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 methods, tools and technologies, human physiology, biomechanics, and perception.

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 (73 Credits*)

The curriculum requires:

  • 58 credits in Sports Product Design
  • 9 credits from Human Physiology and Journalism
  • 6 credits minimum of electives (UO graduate-level courses). Graduate-level courses may also be taken at Portland State University (PSU through a joint campus agreement.

Required Courses

Courses in Sports Product Design

57 Credits Total

SPD 415/515 Soft Goods Technologies for Sports Product Design

4 Credits

SPD 410/510 Digital Technologies for Sports Product Creation

3 Credits

SPD 610 Thesis Research

4 Credits

SPD 645 Sports Product Design and Business

4 Credits

SPD 650 Sports Product Materials and Manufacturing

3 Credits

SPD 684 Sports Product Design Research Methodology and
Innovation Process Studio

6 Credits

SPD 685 Product Design Studio I—Apparel

6 Credits

SPD 686 Product Design Studio II—Footwear

6 Credits

SPD 687 Product Design Studio III—Equipment

6 Credits

SPD 688 Sports Product Design Innovative Project Strategy Development Studio

6 Credits

SPD 689 Collaborative Creation and Launch Studio

9 Credits

Courses from Human Physiology and Journalism

9 Credits Total

HPHY 631 Human Performance and Sports Products

3 Credits

HPHY 632 Human Biomechanics

2 Credits

J 616 Introduction to Strategic Communication Marketing

4 Credits

Electives (these are just some examples)

6 Credits Minimum

SPD 604: Internship

1–6 Credits

SPD 605: Reading

1–6 Credits

SPD 606: Special Problems

1–6 Credits

J 624 Strategic Communication: [Topic]

2 Credits

MGMT 625 New Venture Planning

3 Credits

MGMT 635 Opportunity Recognition

3 Credits

Note: This course list is effective for SPD cohorts starting after August 2021. Master of Science students in the Sports Product Design Program at UO are assigned a faculty advisor when they start their first term in the program and should check-in regularly for any questions regarding academic status.

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Student Spotlight: Ezra Ende

Photo of Ezra Ende and a wheelchair design

As a designer specializing in gear for MMA athletes, Sports Product Design student Ezra Ende (class of 2021) never expected to design a wheelchair. But after engaging with senior communities in Professor Susan Sokolowsk’s course on universal aging—made possible by a Tinker Hatfield Award for Innovation—Ende learned that the mobility tool needed updating. Ezra created the “Glide” wheelchair to improve overall user comfort and the ease and safety of the footholds. His design recently won the international A’Design award for the “Differently Abled and Seniors’ Assistance” category.

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Alumni Spotlight

Photo of alumna Carly Conduff

Carly Conduff

For the annual Woolmark Performance Challenge, recent Sports Product Design Alumna Carly Conduff decided to design for female athletes in the Volvo Ocean Race, one of the world’s most intensive and demanding sailing races. Using Merino wool, she created a three-tier system of apparel to go under the athlete’s dry suits to provide better support, strategic insulation, and protection. Woolmark named Conduff one of three international winners and awarded her with Helly Hansen internship in Norway.

“It’s been a dream for a long time,” Conduff said.

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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.

Adidas logo
Aprovecho logo
Bamboo Revolution logo
BT Biotech logo
BLK LDG logo
Columbia logo
Evolve logo
EWEB logo
Fuse logo
Gerber logo
Groovystuff logo
Intel logo
Kingsford logo
Leatherman logo
Light Beam logo
Logitech logo
Marvell logo
Modo logo
Nike logo
Oregon Disability Sports
Oregon Pattern & Foundry
Pendleton logo
Sigma logo
Sky logo
Terrazign logo
Ticycles logo
Under Armour logo
Wilsonart logo
Yakima logo
Ziba logo


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