Shoe Making Intensive-Derby


36 hours




Brunswick Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Learn the art of shoe making with an industry expert and make yourself an amazing pair of unisex Derby simple lace ups. Learn hands-on traditional techniques combined with state-of-the-art resources and expert tuition. This intensive Saturday course is conducted over six weeks in a specialised leather working studio at RMIT's Brunswick campus.

Course content

  • Pattern making
  • Cutting leather by hand
  • Leather skiving
  • Leather folding (beading)
  • Leather sewing
  • Hand lasting
  • Finishing


There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

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No prior knowledge or experience is necessary for this introductory course.

Materials supplied

All materials, including black or brown leather, for the course are supplied. Tools will be available for use within the department.

Materials to bring

Please bring a sketchbook and pencils to sketch with and an eraser.

Suited to

Participants who wish to gain the basic skills to make shoes. Students who have done a very short course in shoe making and wish to spend longer learning the art of making footwear. Students who are thinking of applying for the Cert IV Custom Made Footwear and would like a taster of shoe making before committing to a year long accredited course.


Students will learn how to make a pair of Derby shoes (simple unisex lace-ups) from pattern cutting to completion.

Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

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