Leather Art – Shoe Making & Shoe Design

Overview

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 for quality of Italian artisans who put value on creating beautiful, comfortable with featherly touch, and inspiring shoes.
Florence above all cities of Italy has been the center of Italian leather industry, nurturing generations of highly skilled artisans and craftsmen, with uncompromising insistence on quality and top-level techniques. Such Shoe making industry now seeks also to incorporate traditional techniques to up-to-date d, moving forward together with new market tendencies. In such fast-moving and globalizing environment, cultivating a new generation of shoe making artisans who preserves the precious tradition of shoe industry is utmost theme in Italy.

In Shoe Making major, Accademia Riaci offers students a rare chance to learn the authentic, top-level shoe making techniques, directory from Italian leather artisans with highest skills and rich experience.
In our course, students can learn all the steps of shoe making 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.

And in Shoe Design major, 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 airly touch like feather.
Students will research and analyze colors, patterns, shapes, and design and learn shoes 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.

Courses

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

Master Course (One-year / Semester)

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
Master Course
    - One-Year Course
    • September 4, 2017 - April 27, 2018
      January 15, 2018 - July 27, 2018
      September 3, 2018 - April 26, 2019
    - Semester Course
    • September 4, 2017 - December 15, 2017
      January 15, 2018 - July 27, 2018
      September 3, 2018 - December 14, 2018
Language
Italian (with interpreter in English or Spanish)
*Please inquire for other languages.
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Shoe Making

Master Course students will pursue more advanced techniques of shoe making 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 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 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.

Shoe Design

Master Course students will pursue more advanced techniques of shoe making 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 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 is realized through concept work – production - sales, by visiting shoe companies, designers’ office and showrooms. 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.

 

One-Year / Semester Course

Curriculum
Course Schedule
    One-Year Course
    • September 4, 2017 - April 27, 2018
      January 15, 2018 - July 27, 2018
      September 3, 2018 - April 26, 2019
    Semester Course
    • September 4, 2017 - December 15, 2017
      January 15, 2018 - July 27, 2018
      September 3, 2018 - December 14, 2018
Language
Italian (with interpreter in English or Spanish)
*Please inquire for other languages.
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      • Master Course
      • One-Year / Semester Course
      • Art Short Course
      • Summer Intensive Course
      • Inquiry

      Shoe Making Course is ON THE AIR! / Interview

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      Instructor

      Prof. IMPERATRICE (Shoe Making)

      Prof. PAPUCCI (Shoe Design)

      Prof. BICCI (Shoe Design)

      Studio instructors are from a line of family, who has been making leather goods in 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.
      Design instructors will take you out to out-of-school lessons at Ferragamo Shoes Museum if you prefer. He will help you to draw your best sensibility and design expressions for the latest design work of the world.

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