Graduate Program in Sports Product Design

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Located at our Portland campus, 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 program focuses on innovation methodology, athletic performance, sustainability, and sports product marketing and branding.

Students expand their toolboxes with a deep, specific study of sports product methods, tools and technologies, human physiology, biomechanics, and perception. Our graduates are working in design roles at all of the major athletic brands, or branching off to start their own companies.


Sports Product Design Graduate Thesis 2020

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Each year our graduate students create and launch a cohesive capstone collection.

Each student works to achieve true product innovation through new technologies and performance-driven design rooted in immersive athlete research.

Live presentations and panel reviews were held online on June 4.

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The Student Experience

With a mechanical engineering undergraduate degree from Stanford and his love of sports, Kodi Whitfield navigated the transition from football player to sports product design graduate student at the University of Oregon smoothly. Now an alumni of the program, Kodi is working as an assistant footwear designer for adidas.


Campus and Community

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Our students study in the historic and recently renovated White Stag Block, where studios and workspaces overlook Waterfront Park and downtown Portland. Students in the Sports Product Design program have access to state of the art equipment in the Innovation Lab, which provides a workshop for shaping materials with both digital design and woodworking processes, and an output room provides students with graphic printing services.


Student Spotlight

Jessie Silbert

Jessie Silbert

A stuffed earth with hands, feet, eyes, and a mouth now calls the international space station home. The plush toy was created by Jessie Silbert, a first-year graduate student in Sports Product Design, a Portland-based program in the College of Design’s School of Art + Design.

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Engaged Faculty

The Sports Product Design faculty members are leaders in both innovative design and academic research. Through seminars, studios, and independent studies, students interact with inspiring and diverse scholars and professionals from the local and international sports product industry.


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Our Accreditation

The University of Oregon is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization made up of more than 60 leading public and private research institutions in the United States and Canada.


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