Applications for our Product Design Apprenticeships are available for winter term. Apply by December 16th!
The Product of Eugene program offers Lane County middle and high school students apprenticeship opportunities focused on graphic, digital, and physical design. Students pair with an instructor or alumni of the UO Department of Product Design, utilizing technology available at the 942 Olive building in downtown Eugene. This 13,000 sq. ft. building features classrooms, studios, a digital design lab, plastics lab (3 types of 3D printers, laser cutter, analog shop tools), and exhibition spaces.
Students work alongside their mentor to understand the profession of product design, explore specific ways to approach design, and begin creating innovative products of their own. In addition to learning a creative practice, students also explore the business aspects of a creative career, bolstering college and career readiness regardless of their chosen field.
Professional artists, designers, educators, and arts organizations are working together to help students who may be considering a career in design or another creative field. Whether or not students do pursue these careers, the Product of Eugene experience aims to help them cultivate “world of work” skills they can utilize in any professional field.
Past Product Design mentors have come from such expertise as wood working, metal working, fashion design, graphic design, digital projection, 3D rendering, ceramics, and electrical engineering.
Important dates for Winter 2019 Term:
- December 16th – Applications Due
- January 9th (5:30pm) – Program Kickoff
- January 10th – March 24th – Ten Week Apprenticeship Program
- January 12th (11:30am) – Makers Space Tour and Workshop
- April 5th (5:30-8:00pm) – Apprentice Showcase at First Friday ArtWalk