Footwear Design

Curriculum

The following are the required courses for this major. Students meet with the Education Department to provide personalized academic counseling. Transfer credits, changes in curriculum, and other factors may affect the academic plan for individual students. The FIDM Education Department can provide additional information.

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DESN 4080
Applied Footwear Design I
UNITS: 6
An introduction and survey of the manufacturing processes for footwear. The course includes identification of footwear construction, components, and shoe sizing. Students analyze leathers, textiles, and materials used to create footwear designs.
DESN 4100
Marketing Strategies for Footwear
UNITS: 3
An examination of marketing strategies for footwear involves the four parts of the marketing mix: product, prices, promotion, and distribution. Students learn how environment, lifestyles, and buying behavior influence the marketing and merchandising of footwear.
DESN 4150
Historical Footwear Research & Trend Analysis
UNITS: 3
This course surveys historical footwear and costume and their influence on todays fashion and trends. Students examine and analyze past, current, and predicted trends to create new footwear designs for todays market.
DESN 4250
Creative Design for Footwear
UNITS: 3
Students learn to effectively sketch for footwear design by illustrating texture of textiles and leathers, placing the foot in various positions, and developing effective visual presentations. Students develop a collection for an existing footwear brand, drawing inspiration from apparel, footwear, and lifestyle trends, and incorporating specific leathers, trims, and details.
DESN 4280
Applied Footwear Design II
UNITS: 6
This course is a continuation of the study of shoe design as it applies to manufacturing and merchandising. Students learn the process of line building for a targeted customer and research and analyze the necessary components to create a successful line. Students continue to refine their portfolio presentation.
DESN 4500
Advanced Creative Design for Footwear
UNITS: 3
Students examine, analyze, and create a footwear collection for an existing brand. Detailed sketches of materials, components, and shoe construction are created and presented to industry professionals.
DESN 4550
Industry Practices
UNITS: 3
A course designed to help students develop business skills for domestic and international footwear markets. Students learn production issues and practices, such as sourcing and contractor negotiations. They examine aspects of freelance work and self-employment and the requirements of financial documentation and cost sheets for a professional business plan.
DESN 4580
Pattern Drafting For Footwear
UNITS: 3
Students are introduced to the basic footwear industry requirements and procedures for pattern drafting. They learn to draft directly on a last, the pattern used to create the basic pump, derby, oxford, and moccasin, as well as to cut patterns for innersoles and soles.
DESN 4650
Computer-Aided Design for Footwear
UNITS: 3
Students learn how to develop creative design ideas for footwear, using the computer as a tool. They prepare color stories as well as leather and fabric concepts for a footwear collection. This course includes scanning, manipulation of patterns and colors, and drawing of technical sketches.
DESN 4800
Footwear Collection Development
UNITS: 12
Students experience a full immersion in the Italian footwear industry and focus on working with leading designers, technicians and suppliers, and sourcing at an international leather show. Course involves the making of a prototype and the development of a portfolio.
Total Units of Credit: 45

This program starts in the fall on the Los Angeles campus.

Prerequisite:
The Advanced Study Program in Footwear Design is open to FIDM graduates with an Associate of Arts degree who have a 3.0 grade point average or higher. In the portfolio submission process, evaluators consider applicants’ qualifications and determine their potential for success. The admission process requires that applicants submit creative design examples, footwear sketches, instructor references, and an essay about their career goals.

Additional Entrance Requirements:
Acceptance to the Advanced Study Program is contingent upon demonstrated proficiency in Photoshop/Illustrator.