BFA in Product Design

Otis College’s BFA in Product Design program provides a unique environment where creativity and innovation intersect.

In the Otis College BFA in Product Design program, you will explore a wide range of projects that will develop your individual voice, build your skills as a designer, and lead you to a rewarding career. Within our multidisciplinary studio environment, we foster curiosity and skills that are key to creating products and experiences in both physical and digital form that people interact with every day.

Why Study Product Design at Otis?

At Otis College, we want you to feel limitless in what you can create. Our BFA Product Design program provides the tools and resources to integrate your voice, vision, and interests into a life of design. Work with wood, metal, fabric, fiber, leather, rubber, ceramic, glass, plastics, synthetics, and other materials to create beautiful and functional objects that improve everyday lives.

We’re interested in what drives and excites you, so our teachings are personalized. We focus on the process and methodology of product development to help you build a toolbox of skills for succeeding in a wide range of design fields.

What You’ll Learn

The Otis College BFA in Product Design is a unique blend of art, design, business, and entrepreneurship. Through our multidisciplinary approach, we combine 2D, 3D, 4D digital, and physical skills and methodologies—with hands-on studio projects and professional opportunities that teach you how to make products that enhance the human experience and advance culture.

Program Curriculum


Student Work

In our BFA in Product Design program, sophomores, juniors, and seniors all work within the same space, fostering a collaborative maker culture. Student work reflects a wide range of products and industry sectors such as:

  • Apparel 
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Educational 
  • Experiential 
  • Eyewear
  • Fashion Accessories
  • Footwear
  • Furniture
  • Health and Wellness
  • Home Appliances
  • Home Goods
  • Interiors
  • Jewelry
  • Lighting 
  • Medical Products
  • Mobility
  • Packaging
  • Pet Products
  • Sports Equipment
  • Transportation
  • Travel Accessories
  • UX & UI
“We teach students to think, make, and communicate, and consciously create experiences of value.. Product Design is an entrepreneurial program. You go from nothing to something, and consider all the stakeholders along the way.”
Jonathan Fidler, Assistant Chair and Assistant Professor

Awards & Recognition

2013 Windgate-Lamar Fellowship Award

2013 Core77 Design Award

2014 Rome Prize

2014 Educational Initiative Award

2015 Windgate-Lamar Fellowship Award

2015 Dartmouth Business Internship

2016 Independent Handbag Award

2016 Valedictorian

2017 David Yurman Young Artist Award

2020 Windgate-Lamar Fellowship Award

2022 Windgate-Lamar Fellowship Award

2023 Valedictorian

Labs and shops

Otis Labs & Shops

Our Elaine and Bram Goldsmith campus offers students full access to large painting, sculpture, and lighting studios; state-of-the-art, professionally staffed, wood and metal shops; photography, video, film, printmaking, and ceramics labs; and the Millard Sheets Library.

Career Possibilities

With hiring managers seeking versatility, adaptability, and problem solving skills, our multidisciplinary Product Design training prepares students to work in a wide range of industries. Many of our graduates are part of renowned, global companies.

Recent Employers

  • Nike
  • Coach
  • HP
  • Guess
  • Belkin
  • Herman Miller
  • Williams Sonoma
  • Raytheon
  • Vans
  • SpaceX
  • Apple
  • IBM
  • Adidas
  • Mattel
  • Disney
  • TOMS
  • URBN

Careers and Internships

Product Design Faculty

Our faculty include material experts and accomplished contributors in the product design field. They encourage every student to explore their passion and create from a place of curiosity.

Jennifer Caveza portrait

Jennifer Caveza

Chair, Toy Design and Product Design

Department: Toy Design, Product Design

Jonathan Fidler

Jonathan Fidler

Assistant Chair, and Assistant Professor / Product Design Minor Area Head

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies, Product Design

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Phone: 310-665-6820
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