Bachelor of Fine Arts in Product Design

Degree Overview

The Department of Product Design offers a four-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, and Interior Architecture 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 last 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

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

Drawing and Basic Design (4 courses)

16 Credits Total

PD 101: Intro to Product Design

4 Credits

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 (3 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 (5 courses)

20 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 I

4 Credits

PD 430: Computer-Assisted Design & Production II

4 Credits

Upper Division Theory (3 courses)

12 Credits Total

PD 370: Design Process

4 Credits

PD 350: Objects and Impacts

4 Credits

PD 340: Design for Use

4 Credits


Eugene Studio (3 courses)

12 Credits Total

PD 483: Eugene Studio I

4 Credits

PD 484: Eugene Studio II

4 Credits

PD 485: Eugene Studio III

4 Credits

Portland Studio (3 courses)

18 Credits Total

PD 486: Portland Studio I

6 Credits

PD 487: Portland Studio II

6 Credits

PD 488: Portland Studio III

6 Credits


Internships

12 Credits Minimum

PD 404: Internships

0–12 Credits


Art History (2 courses)

8 Credits Total

ARH 358: History of Design (required)
4 Credits

And choose 1 of the 2 following courses:

 

ARH: ARH Elective

4 Credits
PD 360: Object Culture
4 Credits

Upper Division Studio Electives

10 Credits Minimum

Examples:

 

300-Level Studios in ARTC, ARTF, ARTM, ARTS

 
PD 410: Advanced CAD
 
PD 410: Lighting Design
 
PD 410: Portfolio
 
PD 420: Digital Drawing
 
PD 440: Advanced Tools
 

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