Cultivating a new generation of footwear artisans

One Year Course

12 Oct 2020 - 18 Jun 2021
it · en
enrolment fee € 4.000
tuition fee EU € 22.360
tuition fee non-EU € 24.230

Programme Specification


Shoe design is one of the most exciting and challenging sectors in fashion today. Meeting the needs of those with limited time available, this intensive one-year Shoe Design course provides the technical and theoretical concepts related to shoe design and production techniques, cultivating a new generation of footwear artisans set in the birthplace of Italian leather goods and the accessories industry; Firenze, Italy. Home to luxury brands such as Gucci, Ferragamo, Cavalli, and Emilio Pucci, and to generations of highly skilled artisans and craftsmen, Firenze is a hub of creativity, and has long been recognised as the main Italian city for leather and luxury accessories production – upholding the ‘Made in Italy’ brand renowned for style, quality and top-class manufacturing techniques. Over the last few years the sector has seen an evolution in the use of innovative materials and production techniques, addressing issues in sustainability, renewable resources, and new concepts of wearable designs. This fashion course  provides a clear balance between fashion flare and technical concepts to produce designs that are both functional and beautiful. Participants are introduced to various design illustration techniques (2D, 3D) and look at the characteristics and performance of materials in order to evaluate appropriate design, and production proposals. Moving forward they discover some of the key technical drawing skills required for the development and prototyping for production. Via an introduction to new technologies, and experimentation with new materials for contemporary aesthetic value and performance, participants are also encouraged to develop their own personal ‘visual language’ and style. This dynamic course also looks at contemporary issues in the sector and the evolution of shoe design from its humble beginnings as a functional accessory in fashion, to the elevated status it has today as the signature piece in a fashion collection.

Visits to historic Italian companies, and shoemaking artisans in the Firenze area provide first-hand experience of design and production methods. Participants explore consumer needs of this niche product and the importance of brand identity, producing work that responds to industry project briefs, or brand design strategies, concluding with the creation of a working portfolio in shoe collection design.


• 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 2018-19. This is on the condition that the student pays the enrolment fee no later than:

  • 30 April 2020 for those who enrolled on the intensive course in October 2019;
  • 14 June 2020 for those who enrolled on the intensive course in February 2020.

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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