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Shoes And Accessories Design Intensive

Cultivating a new generation of footwear artisans
One year courses · Intensive Training

Shoes and Accessories are the true expression of the concept of ‘craftsmanship’: during the course participants learn about Italian style and quality, discovering how these aspects influence and play an important role in the global luxury fashion market.  Accessories and Shoes represent more and more a consistent element within fashion brands’ collections, with sales and market share increasing year by year.

Home to many world-famous luxury brands, Firenze is a hub of creativity, and has long been recognized as the world capital for leather and luxury accessories production - upholding the ‘Made in Italy’ ideal, renowned for style, quality and top-class manufacturing techniques


The Shoes and Accessories Design course provides participants with a stimulating learning environment in which innovation, excellence and originality are investigated and developed through both theoretical and practical lessons, with the help of a faculty made of field-related professionals and many practitioners operating in the territory. The course explores creative research techniques in order to contextualize design ideas for development of the finished product, designing for the luxury market as well as experimenting with contemporary fashion and new attitudes emerging in the industry today, such as sustainability and innovative materials.

23 Sep 2024
Italian · English  - Fee
Enrollment Fee
Fee EU
Fee non EU

Programme Specification

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Meeting the needs of those with limited time available, this intensive one-year course provides the technical and theoretical concepts linked to the design of accessories and shoes and their production techniques, cultivating a new generation of accessories and footwear artisans, all set in the birthplace of Italian leather goods, home to key players in the accessories and shoes industry: Firenze.

Through the study of design and illustration techniques and materials, participants learn how to design accessory collections accompanied with technical drawings for the creation and the prototyping of bags and shoes.

Participants are guided through an experimentation with new materials, for contemporary aesthetic value and performance, while being encouraged to develop their own personal ‘visual language’ and style. This intensive course also looks into relevant communication skills in new media, key to present their own design proposals, and concludes with the creation of an individual working portfolio.

  • Shoe designer
  • Accessories designer
  • Accessories pattern maker
  • Sample maker
  • Fashion illustrator
  • Design and the study of materials
  • Shoe design illustration
  • Visual communication & professional presentation skills
  • Fashion footwear heritage, culture and trends
  • History of luxury accessories & brand heritage
  • Shoe collection design
  • Creative research methods

one year courses + master’s degrees (ma)** · master courses*** · cycles de spécialisation** For students who choose combined programmes, € 5.000 will be deducted from the tuition fee of the master programme, on the basis of the didactical offer and prices for 2020-21. This is on the condition that the student pays the enrolment fee no later than:

  • 30 April 2022 for those who enrolled on the intensive course in October 2021;
  • 14 June 2022 for those who enrolled on the intensive course in February 2022.

After these periods no deduction will be applicable on the tuition fee. For further information please contact the admission office at the Firenze Fashion School   *Access to the combined programmes is subject to the possession of a university degree and to obtaining the one-year course certificate, according to the academic year and after approval by the admissions committee at the end of the one-year course. ** Participants who successfully complete the programmes taught in English in Paris and London will be awarded with a Master’s Degree by Manchester Metropolitan University-UK; Master’s Degrees include a 12-week work placement. Participants obtain 180 credits upon successful completion of the MA course. All candidates should meet specific entry requirements (please check for international equivalents); for further details please do not hesitate to contact the information office at the chosen school. *** Students who successfully complete the programmes taught in Milano and Firenze will be awarded an Istituto Marangoni certificate.

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