- Level: Associate
- Duration: 2 years
- Cost: € 14,000 per year
- Language: English
Shoe Design offers vertical progress, from teaching fundamental design skills required by the market to learning about new materials and technologies. This program allows participants to master all the necessary shoe making techniques. Horizontal progress is guaranteed with two projects per year, included in a personal portfolio.
Courses are run by teachers from the industry with hands-on, original teaching materials. Shoe Design students have access to monthly guest lectures from experts and visionaries, an immense fashion library and the computer labs. Field trips to companies, fashion shows and trade fairs, as well as applied projects with companies, will take place throughout the two-year duration of the course.
Candidates with a secondary-school (high school) diploma or equivalent are eligible and selected after the admission process. English language proficiency is required. Lessons take place from October to June, and amount to a total of 600 contact hours. The course is completed with an internship in a fashion company at the end of the second year. Each academic year is worth 60 credits.
First Year: Foundation
Contemporary Fashion; Leather Materials I; Leather Design Technology I; Pattern Making I; Prototyping Atelier I; Drawing I; CAD Design I; Product Development; Craft to Business, Artisanal Techniques.
Second Year: Personal Portfolio
Leather Materials II, Leather Design II, Pattern Making II, Cad Design II, Prototyping Atelier II, Drawing II, Trend Forecast, Product Communication, Portfolio and Presentation
Project work, seminars, workshops as well as company and museum visits are also included throughout the two-year program.
Upon successful completion of the Associate program, students will be able to:
- Develop a research methodology, envision and produce innovative content useful to flourish a creative design and aesthetic point of view.
- Evolve complex patterns and realize a collection of shoes including finishing, artisanal techniques and detailed technical specs.
- Design a merchandising plan scaled to marketability, targeting and positioning objectives to optimize sales within a brand’s or brief’s framework.
- Create a professional portfolio.