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Become a Shoe Designer

Schools That Offer Courses in Shoe Design


Become a Shoe Designer

Think you'd like to design shoes for a living? While there aren't a lot of colleges and universities that offer specific and comprehensive training in footwear design, there are some. Most of these schools also offer degrees and courses in other aspects of accessory and fashion design.

If you're looking for something a little less formal, you could try a weekend or short-term workshop devoted to the craft of Shoemaking before committing to one of the longer programs listed below.

Istituto Europeo di Design

With locations in Italy and Spain, this institute offers several other fashion design courses, including a one year course in Accessories & Shoes Design in Rome.
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The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

With several locations in California, The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising offers advanced study in Footwear Design as part of it's Fashion Design program. FIDM's Footwear Design program is small and extremely focused. You won't be learning about how to make handbags or other accessories, but you will be taught every aspect of the footwear industry during the course of this one year program.
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Located in Florence, Italy, Polimoda offers an 2.5 year intensive Design Footwear and Accessories program with a three month internship for European students. Students learn all aspects of the footwear industry, including shoe history and popular shoemaking software. Enrollment is offered to high school graduates, and class size is limited to 25 students.
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London College of Fashion

The London College of Fashion offers several long and short courses in footwear design and shoemaking, including an intensive six week program called "Footwear Summer School."
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De Montfort University

Located in Leicester, England, De Monfort University is the only Single Honors Footwear Design course in the UK, and offers work placement opportunities for students.
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The Fashion Institute of Technology

Occupying an entire city block, FIT is located in Manhattan, New York and offers one and two year associates degrees, as well as a bachelor's degree in Accessories Design. In addition to learning shoe design and making skills, students also learn about belts, handbags and hats as part of these degree programs.
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