Shoe Design

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In partnership with Salvatore Ferragamo

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The Master in Shoe Design, operated in partnership with Salvatore Ferragamo, is a program aimed at developing a professional capable of designing and developing footwear with a strong and innovative creative direction. Starting from the basis of human anatomy, the shoe designer must be master of both theory and production, with an aptitude for interpreting market needs through the lens of creativity and craft.

Throughout the course, students will fine-tune a repertoire of industry knowledge, from interpreting materials to researching innovative production techniques, new forms of merchandising management and the strategies behind collection planning. By examining heritage, market trends and sales structures as related to select brands, the program aims to incite the creation of products that mirror the versatility and dexterity required by the industry today.

Shoe Design lectures are held by esteemed business professionals, with direct intervention of executives and representatives from Salvatore Ferragamo. Students will have access to international guest lectures and field trips to the headquarters and production plants of relevant companies in the Florentine area, plus a behind-the-scenes look at Salvatore Ferragamo production and business sectors. During the 9 months, students will develop a collection project to be presented as both the Mid-term (capsule collection) and Final Project (main collection), valid as a personal portfolio. The students will additionally formulate a brand-specific project as related to the Salvatore Ferragamo partnership.

Lessons take place from January to September and amount to a total of 700 contact hours. Thereafter, there is the possibility of completing the course with an internship in a fashion company, leading to the overall obtainment of 80 credits. English language proficiency and attendance are required. Additional prerequisites include previous studies in Fashion & Accessories Design or related subjects and/or professional experiences in the business. Candidates are eligible and selected after the admission process.

Upon completion of the Master students will be automatically given the possibility to partake in the Polimoda Talent program.

Study Plan

The Master in Shoe Design will take form in the following thematic modules:

Lab & Design
Shoes Design; Fashion Coordination; Creative Prototyping; Patternmaking; Artisan Techniques; Collection Development

Contemporary Fashion; Fashion Research; Leather Research

Fashion Illustration; Fashion Portfolio; 3D modeling

Fashion Brand Management; Fashion Merchandising

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the master course, students will be able to:

  • Develop a research methodology, envision and produce creative content that informs their creative design and aesthetic point of view.
  • Prototype all design ideas through different means, materials and techniques, both artisanal and industrial.
  • Create and develop complex patterns, including crafting techniques on leather, fabric, accessories and construction elements.
  • Expand knowledge of all facets of technical production in the shoe sector’s pipeline.
  • Create a professional portfolio that fully represents the individual characteristics and identity of the designer.

Career Opportunities

Depending on previous experience and academic achievements, employment can be found within the areas of Shoe Design, Product Development and Shoe Merchandising Management.

Double Master

This Master is also part of our Double Master programs in the area of Specialization, which unites Shoe Design with Fashion Design.