Product Design Undergraduate Programs

Join Us in Designing a Better World

Product design undergraduate students start on the Eugene campus taking courses offered by the Product Design department, as well as courses in Art, Digital Art, History of Art and Architecture, and Interior Architecture. The liberal arts focus of the UO offers product design students the opportunity to work directly with peers from many other disciplines, increasing their capacities to connect, grow, and develop futures with people of many interests and knowledge bases. Students accepted into the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree complete their final year at the UO's Portland campus.

Courses Open to Nonmajors

We invite you to explore your interest in design. We offer an introductory course to nonmajors.

PD 101 Introduction to Product Design. Explore how designers invent things that help people. Through lectures from designers, drawing assignments, photo documentation, model-making, storytelling, and computer-aided deisgn, students learn about product innovation, creation, and sales, and portfolio creation.

Unparalleled Workshops by Students

product design work by Sidona Bradley

Explore mini-workshops from Product Design’s faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and affiliated professional designers, who provide free drawing, building, sewing, planning, and presenting workshops. From the science behind footwear to rendering in real time, these five-minute tutorials introduce you to what being a designer is really like.

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Alumni Spotlight

Peaches ceramics and Julia Sherman and Thomas Sprott

Julia Sherman and Thomas Sprott, the team behind the handcrafted ceramics studio Peaches in Eugene, found inspiration to start their business as undergraduates in an industrial ceramics course. Sherman and Sprott both earned a BA in Material and Product Studies (now a BFA in Product Design) in 2018. Since then, their minimalist, pastel-hued porcelain sells in chic boutiques such as Portland’s Johan and Mantel. The new line Velvet Vision (seen above), inspired by a 2018 summer residency in Jingdezhen, China’s porcelain capital, hit shelves this year.

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Let Us Show You Around

Visiting Eugene and the University of Oregon is one of the best steps you can take. We have tours throughout most of the year.

Enrich Your Academic Experience

Expand your horizons with a Portland-based internship. Learn how to develop your portfolio and job-seeking skills with our Student Services Hub. Develop your leadership and communication skills by joining one of our student organizations.

Student Work

Prison Blues collaborative project
Prison Blues | PD483: Studio I | Collaborative project with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts | capsule at WantedDesign May 16-20, 2019 | photos by Sean McMurray

Our Accreditation

Our program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

The University of Oregon is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and 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.