Leather Art – Shoe Making & Shoe Design

Courses

  • One-Year Course
  • Master Course
  • Art Short Course
  • Summer Intensive Course
  • Inquiry
 

One-Year / Semester Course

Curriculum
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    • Shoe Making
      Art History
      Color Theory
      Three Dimensional Design
      Foundation Drawing and Painting
      Introduction to Art
      Shoe Making
      Shoe Construction and Pattern Making
      Introduction to Line Building
      Independent Study in Shoe Making
      Developing a Successful Portfolio
      
      Shoe Design Art History Color Theory Three Dimensional Design Foundation Drawing and Painting Introduction to Art Shoe Design Computer Aided Shoe Design Shoe Drawing Developing Successful Portfolio Shoe Illustration Independent study in Shoe Design

      *Curriculum would be changed without prior notice.
Course Schedule
    ONE-YEAR program
      I. April 30, 2018 - December 14, 2018
      (Summer break: July 28 - Sept. 2)
      II. September 3, 2018 - April 26, 2019
      (Christmas break: Dec. 15, 2018 - Jan. 13, 2019)
      III. January 14, 2019 - July 26, 2019
      IV. April 29, 2019 - December 13, 2019
      (Summer break: July 27 - Sept. 1)
      V. September 2, 2019 - April 24, 2020
      (Christmas break: Dec. 14, 2019 - Jan. 12, 2020)


      SEMESTER program
        I. April 30, 2018 - July 27, 2018
        II. September 3, 2018 - December 14, 2018
        III. January 14, 2019 - April 26, 2019
        IV. April 29, 2019 - July 26, 2019
        V. September 2, 2019 - December 13, 2019

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Shoe Making

One-Year Course

Students will learn all the traditional techniques of shoemaking, from the basic to high-level. In addition to various types of shoes, students can study shoes for specific necessities, such as shoes pursuing “simplicity and comfort”, “durability”, “functional shoes for feet with medical problems”, “elegance for parties”, etc. and acquire skills enough to start up their career as a shoemaker.

Semester Course

Students will study basic type shoemaking, and then gradually challenge shoes with more complicated techniques, through making a pair of ladies pumps and a pair of stylish men’s shoes. The focus is placed on acquiring solid basic skills in all the steps of shoemaking, in order to prepare for more advanced study.

Shoe Design

One-year Course

Students will create a collection of shoes with specific themes, such as specific age groups or market, selecting colors, textile, or designs to apply. Students will choose their topic, create shoe design plans, research various types of shoe designs, modern techniques, and special functions. The ultimate goal of the course is that each student will acquire enough skills to start working as a professional.

Semester Course

Students will learn basic shoe design processes, with focus on building up a solid basis of shoe design ability. Students will study the structure of human feet, 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 actual design.

Students enrolled in the One-Year/Semester course will also acquire general inter-discipline knowledge of art through basic art lessons (3D Drawing, Color Theory, Art History, Basic Painting) and Art-Visits outside of the classroom, to cultivate their artistic sensibilities and global perspective as a designer and complete a season’s collection.

 

Master Course

Curriculum
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    • Shoe Making
      Advanced Shoe Making
      Advanced Shoe Drawing
      Advanced Shoe Construction and Pattern Making
      Developing Successful Portfolio
      Independent study in Shoe Making
      Diploma Project
      
      
      Shoe Design
      Advanced Shoe Design
      Advanced Shoe Drawing
      Advanced Compute Aided Shoe Design
      Independent study in Shoe Design
      Developing Successful Portfolio
      Diploma Project
      

      *Curriculum would be changed without prior notice.
Course Schedule
One-Year program
    I. April 30, 2018 - December 14, 2018
    (Summer break: July 28 - Sept. 2)
    II. September 3, 2018 - April 26, 2019
    (Christmas break: Dec. 15, 2018 - Jan. 13, 2019)
    III. January 14, 2019 - July 26, 2019
    IV. April 29, 2019 - December 13, 2019
    (Summer break: July 27 - Sept. 1)
    V. September 2, 2019 - April 24, 2020
    (Christmas break: Dec. 14, 2019 - Jan. 12, 2020)


    Semester program
      I. April 30, 2018 - July 27, 2018
      II. September 3, 2018 - December 14, 2018
      III. January 14, 2019 - April 26, 2019
      IV. April 29, 2019 - July 26, 2019
      V. September 2, 2019 - December 13, 2019

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Overview

Master Course students will pursue more advanced techniques of shoe making or 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 shoe making/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 production/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 producing shoes of the highest quality in the world.

 

Art Short Course

Course Schedule
    1 week ~ 4 weeks: every week
    6 weeks:
    2018: March 12, April 9, May 7, June 4, July 2, September 3, October 1, October 15
    8 weeks:
    2018: March 12, April 9, May 7, June 4, July 2, September 3, October 1, October 15
    12 weeks:
    2018: March 12, April 9, May 7, June 4, July 2, September 3
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Shoe Making

Students will learn basic techniques of shoemaking through intensive lessons, making shoes for their own size. It includes all the steps of shoemaking, from measuring the size, cutting patterns, cutting leather, composing, sewing, and finishing. According to the length of the course and experience, students can produce various types of shoes.

Please note that the minimum duration of Shoe Making Art Short Course is 6 weeks.

Shoe Design

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

Course Schedule
    2 weeks :
    May 6, May 20, June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, July 29,
    August 19, September 2, September 16
    4 weeks :
    May 6, June 3, July 1, July 29, August 19, September 2
    6 weeks :
    May 6, June 17, July 15, August 19
    8 weeks :
    May 6, June 3, July 1
    12 weeks :
    May 6, June 3
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The Summer Intensive Course has the same contents of the Art Short Course, but with a double number of lessons.

Shoe Making

Students will learn basic techniques of shoe making through intensive lessons, making shoes for their own size. It includes all the steps of shoe making, from measuring the size, cutting patterns, cutting leather, composing, sewing, and finishing. According to the length of the course and experience, students can produce various types of shoes.

Please note that the minimum duration of Shoe Making Summer Intensive Course is 4 weeks.

Shoe Design

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.

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  • One-Year Course
  • Master Course
  • Art Short Course
  • Summer Intensive Course
  • Inquiry

Leather Art in Italy

Italy is the core of leather art in the world, hosting numerous prestigious brands recognized globally. The reason why Italian shoes enchant so many people all over the world is their highly sophisticated designs realized by the endless pursuit of the quality of Italian artisans who put a value on creating beautiful, comfortable with a feather touch, and inspiring shoes.
Florence above all Italian cities has been the center of the Italian leather industry, nurturing generations of highly skilled artisans and craftsmen, with an uncompromising insistence on quality and top-level techniques. Such a shoemaking industry now seeks to incorporate traditional and modern techniques, moving forward together with new market tendencies. In such fast-moving and globalizing environment, cultivating a new generation of shoemaking artisans who preserve the precious tradition of shoe industry is an utmost theme in Italy.

SHOE MAKING: Accademia Riaci offers students a rare chance to learn the authentic, top-level shoemaking techniques, directly from Italian leather artisans with highest skills and rich experience.
In our course, students can learn all the steps of the shoemaking process (making the last, cutting pattern, choosing materials, sewing, etc.) which can be worn for a long time. You can learn all the types of shoes, including ladies shoes, men’s shoes, shoe for children, babies, boots, sportive shoes, party shoes, casual shoes, etc.

SHOE DESIGN: students will learn design techniques of various shoes for different scenes and are unique, which is characteristics of Italian shoes. For example, precious shoes like jewelry, shoes that fit one’s feet as if it’s part of the body with an airy touch like a feather.
Students will research and analyze colors, patterns, shapes, and design and learn shoe design diversity, changes, and advanced application, and complete their own design. The main focus of the course is to encourage each student’s uniqueness and to convey it into design through original, free and rich expression.

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Instructor

Prof. IMPERATRICE (Shoe Making)

Prof. BICCI (Shoe Design)

Studio instructors are from Italian families, who has been making leather goods for generations. The studio is located in the area where aristocratic buildings are lined up. The instructor will show students every step of leather crafts in easy 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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