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Develop the technical and practical skills to produce custom-made footwear, focusing on design, pattern, manufacturing and the presentation of finished ideas.
In the only dedicated footwear course in Australia you’ll develop the technical and practical skills to produce custom-made (bespoke) footwear.
Over one year of study you will learn how to produce high-level custom made footwear, focusing on design, patterns, manufacturing and the presentation of finished design ideas.
By understanding the nature and environment in which footwear is created, you’ll learn the skills that are applied at each stage of the construction process.
From the creation of freehand to computer aided design sketches and technical drawings, you’ll learn how to prepare, cut and sew the necessary components using a variety of materials to create uniquely original shoes.
Local students can take this program as a traineeship. Email Liz Debono in the School of Fashion and Textiles or call +61 3 9925 9102 for details.
With a hands-on approach to learning this program will offer you direct insights and experiences into the global footwear industry.
Learn in a footwear workshop from an experienced maker
In state-of-the-art facilities at RMIT’s Brunswick campus, you will study under an industry experienced teacher who has up-to-date knowledge of the market and of the latest trends and innovations in footwear design and construction.
What you will study
- assembly techniques
- footwear design, freehand and digital
- cutting and sewing components
You will use a range of specialised equipment including:
- sewing machines
- combination finishers
- leather splitting machines
- clicking press
- sole pressing machine
You will use computer programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator and the Microsoft suite and learn through lectures, workshops, studios, presentation and group discussions.
Connect with industry
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.
Industry visits show you the difference between made-to-measure and the commercial manufacturing of shoes including the development and use of Lasts used in the production of footwear (a ’last’ is a form in the approximate shape of a human foot).
How your studies will be assessed
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.
Work with the industry and build your networks
You will have the opportunity to learn from leading Australian and international footwear designers and companies including:
- student workshops with renowned bespoke shoemakers and authors
- visits to footwear manufactures and suppliers to develop a network of contacts
- an 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 Country Road and Wittner
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
- Ben Galloway
Winner, Best Student Award presented by NSW Leather Co
- Ashlea Grisold
Manager and Head Product Developer, Anuko Fashion
- Mindy Madden
Maker and Designer, Du Zen, Luxury leather bags. Teacher, RMIT Short courses
- Raphael Thomson
Technical Officer, Florsheim – Brand Collective
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.