University of Oregon


Established in 2008, the University of Oregon’s Department of Product Design focuses on designing a better world. We offer degree programs in Eugene and Portland in learning communities renowned for academic excellence and innovative education. Dedicated to the principles of civic responsibility, environmental sustainability, international understanding, and cross-disciplinary education, we give our students the power to positively affect not just their own futures, but also the people, communities, and environments around them.

The Sports Product Design program at the University of Oregon develops graduates profi cient in using scienceand creative problem-solving methods to innovate products that push the boundaries of society and the fi eld ofsport. The 2-year curriculum, founded in 2016, focuses on research, product innovation methodologies, athleticperformance, sustainability, business, marketing, and branding.

Graduates study to become leaders of multidisciplinary product creation teams within the 800+ sports productcompanies in the state of Oregon and beyond. Upon graduation, they enter the sports industry as designers,developers, researchers, and engineers - across footwear, apparel, and equipment organizations.

Graduates of the program have published peer-reviewed research papers, presented at academic conferences, patented new technologies, exhibited at international design exhibits, won international design awards, taughtworkshops, and received funding for their new product ventures. The program has also pioneered adaptiveproducts in partnership with local businesses and athletes to achieve their full sports potential.




Degrees Offered

  • BFA in Product Design
  • MS in Sports Product Design

NASAD Accredited



University of Oregon
70 NW Couch St.
Portland, OR 97209
Department Head: Kiersten Muenchinger, IDSA
Sports Product Design Director: Susan Sokolowski
Student Chapter Advisor: Hale Selek, IDSA


  • IDSA Gradutate Student Merit Award
  • International Textile and Apparel Association Innovative Design Awards
  • 'A' Design Award
  • AASFP Grants
  • WIS Fellowship
  • UO Elevator Pitch
  • CRE4TE Adaptive Wetsuit Design Award
  • ITAA French European Innovative Design Award


  • Woolmark Performance Challenge Awards
  • Koehn Grants
  • Spark Entrepreneurship Awards
  • New Balance Footwear Research Award
  • RainMaker Grants
  • Wanted Design Top Exhibit
  • Cotton in the Curriculum Design Awards
  • 1st place UO Quackcon


  • For a list of scholarships offered by UOregon click here.





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