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

Associate of Arts, Professional Designation (A.A.)

FTWR 1100
Introduction to Footwear Design
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
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.
FTWR 1700
Technical Sketching for Footwear Design
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. Prerequisites: FTWR 1100, FTWR 1300
FTWR 1800
History of Footwear
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. Prerequisites: FTWR 1100, FTWR 1300
FTWR 2100
Footwear Design & Line Development
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.
FTWR 2300A
Pattern Drafting for Footwear I
Students are introduced to the basic footwear industry requirements and procedures for pattern drafting on the last. They develop the patterns, line art, and specs used to create standard constructions including a basic pump, Maryjane, and sandal. Includes a three (3) hour lab.
FTWR 2300B
Pattern Drafting for Footwear II
Students continue to refine footwear industry requirements and procedures for pattern drafting on the last. They develop the patterns, line art, and specs used to create standard constructions including an oxford, moccasin, boot, and sneaker. Prerequisite: FTWR 2300A
FTWR 2400
Introduction to 3D Design
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 I
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
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 2700
3-D Design Applications
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
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
A final thesis project is produced in partnership with a footwear industry mentor. Prerequisite: FTWR 2500B
GNST 1170
History of Costume
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.
MFTG 2520
Global Trade Dynamics
In this in-depth exploration of industry trends associated with globalization, students examine the strategic alliances and the sourcing and distribution channels required for production, as well as the opportunities for exporting finished products. Prerequisites: MFTG 1150, MFTG 2350
MMKT 1550
Marketing & Brand Development
This course 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
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 1950
Excel for Business Applications
This course is designed to assist the student in developing a facility with electronic spreadsheets in support of effective business management. Students develop a working knowledge of computerized spreadsheet and chart functions as applied to business management concepts with related mathematical formulas and operational requirements.
TECH 1100
Introduction to Adobe
This course is an introduction to design techniques, naming conventions, and digital asset management within Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Students gain basic knowledge of digital design components such as vector and raster graphics, tools, and key menu items, which they use to complete work in their major areas of study. These concepts support use of industry-standard computer aided design tools and facilitate communication between designers, clients, and manufacturers.
TSCI 1440
Textile Science
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.
Total Units of Credit: 60

* 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.