Sorry, this program is not available for local students.
Please contact Info Corner to discuss other study options.
Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.
If you hold a different visa type, you may be eligible. Please contact us for more information.
In the right hands, a shoe can be a work of art. This program will help you forge your path in the footwear industry.
This program has a selection task.
Over 1 year of study you will develop technical and practical skills to produce high-level custom made footwear, focusing on design, patterns, manufacturing and the presentation of finished design ideas.
You will develop freehand and computer-aided design sketches and technical drawing of your shoe designs and create prototypes using your knowledge of patterns and footwear construction.
Local students can take this program as a traineeship. Contact the School of Fashion and Textiles on +61 3 9925 9102 for details.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
This program offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches that give you direct insight and experience into the global footwear industry.
In state-of-the-art facilities at RMIT’s Brunswick campus, you will study under industry-experienced teachers with up-to-date knowledge of the market and the latest trends and innovations.
You’ll interact with key people from the footwear and fashion industries, undertake hands-on work with leather and explore traditional and new footwear production methods.
You will use computer programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator and the Microsoft suite and learn through lectures, workshops, studios, presentation and group discussions.
You’ll study in a studio environment working on a range of specialised equipment including:
- sewing machines
- combination finishers
- leather splitting machines
- clicking press
- laboratory testing machines.
Industry visits explore the difference between made to measure and the commercial manufacturing of shoes including the development and use of Lasts (a ’last’ is a form in the approximate shape of a human foot), used in the production of footwear.
You will be assessed throughout each semester via practical exercises demonstrating your application of skills, reports, verbal presentations, group projects, and practical assignments.
You can access online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
All programs are delivered in English.
You will have the chance to work with leading Australian and international footwear designers and companies. Opportunities may include:
- student workshops with Tim Skyrme, renowned bespoke shoemaker and author of the Bespoke Shoemaking textbooks
- visits to footwear manufactures and suppliers to develop a network of contacts
- end of year graduate exhibition which showcases student work to key industry representatives and companies
- support to source work experience with renowned companies such as R.M. Williams and Pendragon Shoes.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
As a graduate, you will be able to enter the industry as an assistant where, over time, you may progress to a head footwear designer role within a large company. Head footwear designers lead large design teams and travel or conduct market research to gain insight into current trends.
A number of graduates currently own and operate their own footwear design businesses.
Other graduates work as:
- product developers
- production/quality controllers
- supply chain managers and technical officers for footwear and accessory companies.
As a footwear designer your daily activities may include:
- working with other designers, clients and stakeholders
- sketching design drawings by hand or using computer aided design programs
- attending fashion shows and events for research
- making prototype shoes
- sourcing materials such as leather or synthetic or sustainably produced materials.
There is the opportunity to join the Fashion and Textiles Merchandising students on the annual study tour to China. The aim of the tour is to study supply chain and cultural awareness for all fashion related areas, including footwear.
RMIT’s Global Mobility supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.