SHOE DESIGN

Courses

  • One-Year Course | Semester Course
  • Master Course
  • Short Course
  • Summer Intensive Course 2021
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One-Year Course ・ Semester Course

Overview

Students will create a collection of shoes with specific themes, such as specific age groups or market, selecting colors, textile, or designs to apply. Then, they choose a topic, create shoe design plans, research various types of shoe designs, modern techniques, and special functions.
The course also teaches the structure of the human foot, draw several types of design, and prepare for more advanced design. Students will perform research on the variation of colors and materials, as well as market trend and learn to express their free ideas into the actual design.
The ultimate goal of the course is that each student will acquire enough skills to start working as a professional.

Students enrolled in the "One-Year Course" will also acquire general inter-discipline knowledge of "Italian Basic Art" (Art History, Painting, 3D Design, Color Theory) and take part to guided art visits and stages, to cultivate their artistic sensibilities and global perspective as a designer and complete a season’s collection.


Course Schedule
    ONE-YEAR program
      I. September 7, 2020 - April 23, 2021
      (Winter break: Dec. 21, 2020 - Jan. 8, 2021)
      II. January 11, 2021 - July 23, 2021
      III. April 26, 2021 - December 17, 2021
      (Summer break: July 26 - Sept. 3)
      IV. September 6, 2021 - April 22, 2022
      (Winter break: Dec. 20, 2020 - Jan. 7, 2021)

      SEMESTER program
        I. September 7, 2020 - December 18, 2020
        II. January 11, 2021 - April 23, 2021
        III. April 26, 2021 - July 23, 2021
        IV. September 6, 2021 - December 17, 2021
        V. January 10, 2022 - April 22, 2022
Language
With English interpreter

 

Master Course

Overview

The students enrolled in the Master Course will pursue more advanced techniques of shoe design according to their research topic. During the course, students will explore various aspects of shoe industry, including expression of creativity and techniques in the shoe design process as well as practical process of sales and business side, with emphasis on practical application of their study to the shoe industry.

Accademia Riaci offers unique opportunities for students, thanks to its close relationship with leather industry. Students will have chance to learn first-hand how shoe design is realized through concept work-production-sales, by visiting shoe factories, shoe companies, etc. During the second semester of the course, students will work on “Corporate Study”, in which students can work on projects together with local companies/designers under supervision of the professor, to learn the actual production process in Italy, which is known for designing shoes of the highest quality in the world.


Course Schedule
One-Year program
    I. September 7, 2020 - April 23, 2021
    (Winter break: Dec. 21, 2020 - Jan. 8, 2021)
    II. January 11, 2021 - July 23, 2021
    III. April 26, 2021 - December 17, 2021
    (Summer break: July 26 - Sept. 3)
    IV. September 6, 2021 - April 22, 2022
    (Winter break: Dec. 20, 2020 - Jan. 7, 2021)

    Semester program
      I. September 7, 2020 - December 18, 2020
      II. January 11, 2021 - April 23, 2021
      III. April 26, 2021 - July 23, 2021
      IV. September 6, 2021 - December 17, 2021
      V. January 10, 2022 - April 22, 2022
Language
With English interpreter

 

Short Course

Overview

Students will study the fundamental techniques for shoe design, such as basic design, brief sketch, rendering basic, etc. and finish various types of shoe design (including finishing expression, developing variations by computer, research on materials, technical structure and its application, color variations and material variations, according to their experience and period of study. The students are encouraged to express their free ideas. Students with experience will learn specific design techniques according to the theme.


Course Schedule
    1 - 2 - 3 weeks:
    every Monday
    4 - 6 - 8 weeks:
    2020: Sep 7, Sep 28, Nov 2, Nov 30
    12 weeks:
    2020: Sep 7
Language
With English interpreter

 

Summer Intensive Course

Note: the "Summer Intensive Course" has the same contents as the "Short Course", but with a double number of lessons. Furthermore, it includes housing and extracurricular activities and services.

Overview

Students will study the fundamental techniques for shoe design, such as basic design, brief sketch, rendering basic, etc. and finish various types of shoe design (including finishing expression, developing variations by computer, research on materials, technical structure and its application, color variations and material variations, according to their experience and period of study. The students are encouraged to express their free ideas. Students with experience will learn specific design techniques according to the theme.

    Summer Intensive Course fees include:
  • Enrollment fee
  • Tuition
  • Facility fees (no materials)
  • Orientation
  • Welcome lunch
  • Welcome kit (city map, pen, notebook, file folder, one lunch ticket)
  • Bus tickets
  • Weekly guided art visits:
    students will visit the best sightseeing and historical monuments of the city.
  • Housing: shared apartments – twin room (single room at an extra cost*)
  • Housing utility costs
  • 4 daily meal + 2 coffee/tea/mineral water vouchers a week
  • Cultural activities: once every 2 weeks
    (e.g.: ceramic laboratory visit, antique market visit, Tuscan farmhouse visit, pizza lesson)
  • English interpretation during lessons with the teacher and visits.

Course Schedule
    2021 Schedule
    2 weeks
    May 2 (Sun) – May 15 (Sat)
    May 16 (Sun) – May 29 (Sat)
    May 30 (Sun) – June 12 (Sat)
    June 13 (Sun) – June 26 (Sat)
    June 27 (Sun) – July 10 (Sat)
    July 11 (Sun) – July 24 (Sat)
    July 25 (Sun) – August 7 (Sat)
    August 22 (Sun) – September 4 (Sat)★
    September 5 (Sun) – September 18 (Sat)
    September 19 (Sun) – October 2 (Sat)

    4 weeks
    May 2 (Sun) – May 29 (Sat)
    May 16 (Sun) – June 12 (Sat)
    May 30 (Sun) – June 26 (Sat)
    June 13 (Sun) – July 10 (Sat)
    June 27 (Sun) – July 24 (Sat)
    July 11 (Sun) – August 7 (Sat)
    July 25 (Sun) – September 4 (Sat)★
    September 5 (Sun) – October 2 (Sat)

    6 weeks
    May 2 (Sun) – June 12 (Sat)
    May 16 (Sun) – June 26 (Sat)
    May 30 (Sun) – July 10 (Sat)
    June 13 (Sun) – July 24 (Sat)
    June 27 (Sun) – August 7 (Sat)
    July 25 (Sun) – September 18 (Sat)★

    8 weeks
    May 2 (Sun) – June 26 (Sat)
    May 16 (Sun) – July 10 (Sat)
    May 30 (Sun) – July 24 (Sat)
    June 13 (Sun) – August 7 (Sat)
    June 27 (Sun) – September 4 (Sat)★
    July 25 (Sun) – October 2 (Sat)★

    12 weeks
    May 2 (Sun) – July 24 (Sat)
    May 30 (Sun) – September 4 (Sat)★

    only the following subjects: Painting and Drawing, Jewelry Making, Art History, Italian Home Cooking, Gelato Course, Italian language.
Language
With English interpreter

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Teachers

Shoe Design and footwear instructors are Italian professional designers, who has been working in the fashion area for generations. They will show students every step of shoe design in easy and comprehensive manner.
Also, students will have a chance to visit, together with the instructor, The Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in Florence, a fashion museum dedicated to the life and work of Italian shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo.

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Shoe Design