Shoe Design

Shoe must go on
Under the Patronage of Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana
The Associate program in Shoe Design shapes Shoe/Footwear Designers capable of ideating, creating, constructing and launching some of the most iconic and sought-after fashion world items: shoes. From anatomy to lines and shapes to materials, this creative figure must be a shoe scholar; well-informed on past models, contemporary cultural references and new footwear trends. It’s time to be the creative innovator of a classic fashion product.


  • Level: Associate
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Cost:14,000 per year
  • Language: English
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Start:September 28th 2020
End:June 12th 2021


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.

Study plan

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.

Learning outcomes

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.

Career opportunities

Based on the student’s abilities, experience and the skills acquired, graduates of shoe design qualify for creative jobs such as Shoe Designer and Accessories Designer, technical jobs such as Materials Purchaser and Leather Technologist, managerial jobs such as Technical Director, Product Development Manager, and Head of Innovation, or alternatively for pursuing a freelance career as a consultant.


The Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (The National Chamber for Italian Fashion) is the non-profit Association which disciplines, coordinates and promotes the development of Italian Fashion. The Association represents all the highest cultural values of Italian Fashion and it aims to protect, co-ordinate and strengthen its image, both in Italy and abroad.

The Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana is comprised by 111 Associates and is the point of reference for all the national and international initiatives aimed at valuing and promoting Italian style and Fashion. 

The Association  also organizes Milano Fashion Week, the premier fashion industry event, which gives brands the opportunity to showcase their collections twice a year for men's collections and twice a year for women's.

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