Footwear Design & Development

Curriculum

The following are the required courses for this major. Students meet with the Education Department to provide personalized academic counseling to complete the program. Transfer credits, placement tests, 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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FTWR 1100
Introduction to Footwear Design
UNITS: 3
An introduction to footwear, the anatomy of the foot, and the footwear industry. The course includes learning footwear vocabulary and identifying different types of footwear constructions, lasts, and components. Students research the leathers, textiles, and materials used to create styles such as dress shoes, espadrilles, sandals, boots, sneakers, and athleisure footwear.
FTWR 1300
Sketching for Footwear Design
UNITS: 3
Students learn hand sketching techniques for illustrating various types of footwear as well as rendering the textiles, materials and components used for footwear. Students apply their understanding of anatomy and footwear proportions by sketching footwear on the foot. Prerequisite: FTWR 1100
FTWR 1700
Technical Sketching for Footwear Design
UNITS: 3
Students learn to identify types of lasts used in production for various shoe constructions, how to hand draw last profiles, and how to apply last proportions to draw insoles, outsoles, heels, straps and other components. Students extend their understanding of design principles and elements by creating and sketching a small footwear collection. Prerequisite: FTWR 1100
FTWR 1800
History of Footwear
UNITS: 3
This course surveys historical footwear and its influence on current fashion and trends. Students explore historic material and construction methods by making a period-appropriate shoe and apply their understanding of footwear, historic styles, and trend research to the design of a vintage-inspired contemporary footwear collection.
FTWR 2100
Footwear Design & Line Development
UNITS: 3
Students research the footwear supply chain and key retailers, and apply their knowledge of merchandising, branding, footwear manufacturing, and line-building to the design of small, brand-focused collections. Prerequisite: FTWR 1700
FTWR 2300
Pattern Drafting for Footwear (6 Hours*)
UNITS: 3
Students are introduced to the basic footwear industry requirements and procedures for pattern drafting on the last. They develop the patterns used to create standard constructions including a basic pump, sandal, oxford, moccasin, boot, and sneaker. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisite: FTWR 1700
FTWR 2400
Introduction to 3D Design
UNITS: 3
Students learn the basics of the Rhino vector design software program for footwear and are exposed to 3D printing technologies in current use. Prerequisites: FTWR 2300, FTWR 2500A
FTWR 2500A
Design & Technical Specification for Footwear
UNITS: 3
Using Photoshop and Illustrator, students convert hand drawn technical sketches and creative design ideas to a digital format (CAD) and produce line sheets, technical sketches, color stories, and materials concepts for presentation. Prerequisites: FTWR 1700, TEXT 2240, TEXT 2220
FTWR 2500B
Design & Technical Specification for Footwear II
UNITS: 3
Students learn the requirements for the tech pack used by footwear factory technicians to make a first prototype, including CADs/technical sketches, call-outs and specifications. Students observe a fit session on a foot model to see how corrections are made prior to production, and develop their own spec sheets and tech packs. Prerequisites: FTWR 2100, FTWR 2500
FTWR 2600
International Business Practices for Footwear
UNITS: 3
A study of the international footwear industry as it applies to manufacturing, domestic/international sourcing, and importing and exporting of footwear. Students explore common industry practices including negotiations, financial documentation, and compliance issues as well as employment and contracting practices in the industry. Students will develop and present a plan for a footwear line, to include an executive summary targeted toward obtaining financing. Prerequisite: FTWR 2100
FTWR 2700
3-D Design Applications
UNITS: 3
Students work with the Rhino vector design software program to create footwear designs and components that are suitable for 3D printing. Prerequisite: FTWR 2400
FTWR 2800
Collection Development
UNITS: 6
Students research and design their own footwear collection, and develop an industry-ready portfolio showcasing their body of work. Prerequisite: FTWR 2500B
FTWR 2850
Special Projects in Footwear
UNITS: 3
A final thesis project is produced in partnership with a footwear industry mentor. Prerequisites: FTWR 2100, FTWR 2500
GNST 1040
English Composition
UNITS: 3
In this process-oriented course, students combine deep, disciplined research with careful writing and revision to produce a thoughtful, creative, and personally meaningful research essay. They learn to formulate focused research questions, identify and investigate credible sources, and synthesize expert opinion with their own insight in support of a clearly defined, complex thesis. The emphasis is on curiosity, exploration, and discovery. As part of the process, students also gain confidence and competency in two primary areas of written expression: organization and mechanics.
GNST 1170
History of Costume
UNITS: 3
This course provides an overview of costume history in Western culture from ancient civilizations to the present. Students examine cultural, social, and historical events and analyze their effect on the history of costume and apparel, including the influence of historical costume on fashion today. Students develop a broad fashion vocabulary and become familiar with period costume terminology.
GNST 1230
Color & Design Theory
UNITS: 3
An introductory study of the principles and elements of color and design theory. Students critique aspects of a visual representation by analyzing the components of design and the use of color by the artist.
GNST 1440
Textile Science
UNITS: 3
A practical analysis of the basic components of textiles and their relationship to performance. Students examine the characteristics of fibers, yarns, methods of fabric construction, such as weaving and knitting, and survey dyes, prints, and finishes. Emphasis is placed on performance and the determination of fabric suitability in the apparel design industry.
GNST 1450
College Mathematics
UNITS: 3
An application course focusing on mathematical concepts used in everyday life. Students integrate computation and analysis with authentic learning in graph analysis, Venn diagrams, analytical geometry, statistical measures of central tendency and variation, and financial mathematics. Prerequisites: To register for GNST 1450, students must successfully pass the math placement test or pass GNST 450.
GNST 1600
Effective Speaking
UNITS: 3
A course in oral communication designed to give students poise, speaking confidence, and the ability to develop and produce a focused, well-organized speech that holds the audiences attention through effective delivery methods. Presentational skills and audience-centered communication are emphasized.
GNST 1650
Critical Thinking
UNITS: 3
Designed to foster independent thinking, this course strengthens students capacity to reason clearly, critically, and creatively, including the ability (1) to analyze the arguments of others, (2) to synthesize effective arguments of their own, and (3) to solve problems skillfully. Students also gain experience in reading closely and conducting purposeful, imaginative research skills essential to the examination of demanding social, moral, political, and personal issues. Prerequisite: GNST 1040
GNST 2220
History of Design
UNITS: 3
An exploration of important developments from the Industrial Revolution to the digital age in the history of decorative arts, architecture and ornaments, interiors and furniture, textiles, products, and graphic design.
GNST 2380
World Art
UNITS: 3
An introductory survey course in the art and art forms of selected African, Asian, and Meso-American cultures. Students are able to view art through its cultural, religious, and historical context by evaluating the different styles that developed in different time periods and geographical areas of the world.
GNST 2960
American Political & Economic History
UNITS: 3
A survey of American history from 1930-2000. Emphasis is on the political and economic features, both domestic and foreign, that contributed to the emergence of the welfare state and the nations rise to global leadership after World War II. The course provides an understanding of the Great Depression, the Second World War, the Cold War, Americas eventual emergence as the worlds only superpower, and the interrelation of all these factors.
MMKT 1550
Marketing & Brand Development
UNITS: 3
Marketing & Brand Development introduces and highlights the basic marketing principles which provide the framework for understanding the importance, value, and impact of marketing and brand management.
MPDV 1750
Trends and Fashion Forecasting
UNITS: 3
In this course, students combine systematic research with personal insight to produce individual trend reports that support and shape their own design objectives. As components of their research, they assess the influence of visual arts, music, and popular culture on runway, retail, and street fashion, with particular attention to the decisive impact of social media communities and fashion blogs on the art and science of current trend forecasting. Prerequisite: MMKT 1550
MRCH 1550
The Retail Environment
UNITS: 3
This course explores store and non-store retailing formats, structure, purpose, as well as the challenges and integration of retail channels. Students gain an understanding of the retail industry and are exposed to todays global environment. They are introduced to franchising, licensing, branding, and pertinent retail terminology. Career paths and opportunities in the fashion industry are further defined and explored.
TEXT 1500
Natural Forms
UNITS: 3
This course develops students drawing and design skills through the observation of nature. Students apply the principles and elements of design by stylizing representational motifs inspired from nature into original drawings.
TEXT 2220
Introduction to Photoshop
UNITS: 3
An introduction to Photoshop as it relates to textile design, this course teaches students to identify and use tools, menu items, layers, and filters and to make essential color adjustments and simple artwork modifications.
TEXT 2240
Introduction to Illustrator
UNITS: 3
This course provides an introduction to Illustrator in which the students learn to identify and use the program tools and menu items, emphasizing drawing skills for textile, placement prints, and flat sketching.
Total Units of Credit: 90
FTWR 1100
Introduction to Footwear Design
UNITS: 3
An introduction to footwear, the anatomy of the foot, and the footwear industry. The course includes learning footwear vocabulary and identifying different types of footwear constructions, lasts, and components. Students research the leathers, textiles, and materials used to create styles such as dress shoes, espadrilles, sandals, boots, sneakers, and athleisure footwear.
FTWR 1300
Sketching for Footwear Design
UNITS: 3
Students learn hand sketching techniques for illustrating various types of footwear as well as rendering the textiles, materials and components used for footwear. Students apply their understanding of anatomy and footwear proportions by sketching footwear on the foot. Prerequisite: FTWR 1100
FTWR 1700
Technical Sketching for Footwear Design
UNITS: 3
Students learn to identify types of lasts used in production for various shoe constructions, how to hand draw last profiles, and how to apply last proportions to draw insoles, outsoles, heels, straps and other components. Students extend their understanding of design principles and elements by creating and sketching a small footwear collection. Prerequisite: FTWR 1100
FTWR 1800
History of Footwear
UNITS: 3
This course surveys historical footwear and its influence on current fashion and trends. Students explore historic material and construction methods by making a period-appropriate shoe and apply their understanding of footwear, historic styles, and trend research to the design of a vintage-inspired contemporary footwear collection.
FTWR 2100
Footwear Design & Line Development
UNITS: 3
Students research the footwear supply chain and key retailers, and apply their knowledge of merchandising, branding, footwear manufacturing, and line-building to the design of small, brand-focused collections. Prerequisite: FTWR 1700
FTWR 2300
Pattern Drafting for Footwear (6 Hours*)
UNITS: 3
Students are introduced to the basic footwear industry requirements and procedures for pattern drafting on the last. They develop the patterns used to create standard constructions including a basic pump, sandal, oxford, moccasin, boot, and sneaker. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisite: FTWR 1700
FTWR 2400
Introduction to 3D Design
UNITS: 3
Students learn the basics of the Rhino vector design software program for footwear and are exposed to 3D printing technologies in current use. Prerequisites: FTWR 2300, FTWR 2500A
FTWR 2500A
Design & Technical Specification for Footwear
UNITS: 3
Using Photoshop and Illustrator, students convert hand drawn technical sketches and creative design ideas to a digital format (CAD) and produce line sheets, technical sketches, color stories, and materials concepts for presentation. Prerequisites: FTWR 1700, TEXT 2240, TEXT 2220
FTWR 2500B
Design & Technical Specification for Footwear II
UNITS: 3
Students learn the requirements for the tech pack used by footwear factory technicians to make a first prototype, including CADs/technical sketches, call-outs and specifications. Students observe a fit session on a foot model to see how corrections are made prior to production, and develop their own spec sheets and tech packs. Prerequisites: FTWR 2100, FTWR 2500
FTWR 2600
International Business Practices for Footwear
UNITS: 3
A study of the international footwear industry as it applies to manufacturing, domestic/international sourcing, and importing and exporting of footwear. Students explore common industry practices including negotiations, financial documentation, and compliance issues as well as employment and contracting practices in the industry. Students will develop and present a plan for a footwear line, to include an executive summary targeted toward obtaining financing. Prerequisite: FTWR 2100
FTWR 2700
3-D Design Applications
UNITS: 3
Students work with the Rhino vector design software program to create footwear designs and components that are suitable for 3D printing. Prerequisite: FTWR 2400
FTWR 2800
Collection Development
UNITS: 6
Students research and design their own footwear collection, and develop an industry-ready portfolio showcasing their body of work. Prerequisite: FTWR 2500B
FTWR 2850
Special Projects in Footwear
UNITS: 3
A final thesis project is produced in partnership with a footwear industry mentor. Prerequisites: FTWR 2100, FTWR 2500
GNST 1440
Textile Science
UNITS: 3
A practical analysis of the basic components of textiles and their relationship to performance. Students examine the characteristics of fibers, yarns, methods of fabric construction, such as weaving and knitting, and survey dyes, prints, and finishes. Emphasis is placed on performance and the determination of fabric suitability in the apparel design industry.
MMKT 1550
Marketing & Brand Development
UNITS: 3
Marketing & Brand Development introduces and highlights the basic marketing principles which provide the framework for understanding the importance, value, and impact of marketing and brand management.
MPDV 1750
Trends and Fashion Forecasting
UNITS: 3
In this course, students combine systematic research with personal insight to produce individual trend reports that support and shape their own design objectives. As components of their research, they assess the influence of visual arts, music, and popular culture on runway, retail, and street fashion, with particular attention to the decisive impact of social media communities and fashion blogs on the art and science of current trend forecasting. Prerequisite: MMKT 1550
MRCH 1550
The Retail Environment
UNITS: 3
This course explores store and non-store retailing formats, structure, purpose, as well as the challenges and integration of retail channels. Students gain an understanding of the retail industry and are exposed to todays global environment. They are introduced to franchising, licensing, branding, and pertinent retail terminology. Career paths and opportunities in the fashion industry are further defined and explored.
TEXT 2220
Introduction to Photoshop
UNITS: 3
An introduction to Photoshop as it relates to textile design, this course teaches students to identify and use tools, menu items, layers, and filters and to make essential color adjustments and simple artwork modifications.
TEXT 2240
Introduction to Illustrator
UNITS: 3
This course provides an introduction to Illustrator in which the students learn to identify and use the program tools and menu items, emphasizing drawing skills for textile, placement prints, and flat sketching.
Total Units of Credit: 63

* Three (3)-hour lab included in 6 hours.

Some programs offered may require completion of a second year at the Los Angeles or San Francisco campus. Please contact the campus for details.