SHOEMAKING

Courses

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

Overview

This program offers students a rare chance to learn authentic, top-level shoemaking techniques, directly from Italian leather artisans with the 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. 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.

Styles & techniques.
- Décolleté, from model making to the finishing.
- Inside-out model (reversed): model making and sewing.
- Chanel style sandal, both right and left foot shoes on request.
- Oxford shoe (Italian: "Francesina" style).
- Derby shoe.
- Moccasin.
- “Blake” construction.
- “Goodyear welt” construction.
- “Norwegian” construction.


Tuition and Fees (prices in euros '€')
One-Year Course: € 15,720.00 (non-EU students)
One-Year Course: € 13,720.00 (EU students)

Semester Course: € 9,300.00 (non-EU students)
Semester Course: € 8,400.00 (EU students)

Academic Calendar
    ONE-YEAR program
      I. September 6, 2021 - April 15, 2022
      II. January 10, 2022 - July 29, 2022
      III. May 2, 2022 - December 9, 2022
      IV. September 5, 2022 - April 14, 2023

      SEMESTER program
        I. September 6, 2021 - December 10, 2021
        II. January 10, 2022 - April 15, 2022
        III. May 2, 2022 - July 29, 2022
        IV. September 5, 2022 - December 9, 2022
Language
With English interpreter

 

Master Course

Overview

Our Shoemaking Master Course is tailored for students with proven experience in handmade shoe production. Accademia Riaci offers unique opportunities for students, thanks to its close relationship with the leather industry. By visiting local shoe factories/laboratories, students will have the chance to learn first-hand how the shoe process is realized through concept work-production-sales. During the second semester of the program, students will work on a corporate study, working on projects together with local companies under the supervision of their teacher, to learn the actual production process in Italy, which is known for producing shoes of the highest quality in the world. The goal of our master is to develop highly qualified professionals through the creation of a career-oriented portfolio which is essential for achieving a breakthrough career.


Tuition and Fees (prices in euros '€')
Master One-Year Course: € 17,320.00 (non-EU students)
Master One-Year Course: € 15,320.00 (EU students)

Master Semester Course: € 10,500.00 (non-EU students)
Master Semester Course: € 9,500.00 (EU students)

Academic Calendar
One-Year program
    I. September 6, 2021 - April 15, 2022
    II. January 10, 2022 - July 29, 2022
    III. May 2, 2022 - December 9, 2022
    IV. September 5, 2022 - April 14, 2023

    Semester program
      I. September 6, 2021 - December 10, 2021
      II. January 10, 2022 - April 15, 2022
      III. May 2, 2022 - July 29, 2022
      IV. September 5, 2022 - December 9, 2022
Language
With English interpreter

 

Short Course

Overview

Students will learn basic techniques of shoemaking through semi-intensive lessons, making shoes for their 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.

Shoemaking classes are NOT available during the whole month of August.

Start Dates
・Sep 6, 2021
・Sep 20, 2021
・Oct 4, 2021
・Nov 8, 2021
・Nov 22, 2021
・Jan 10, 2022
・Jan 31, 2022
・Feb 14, 2022
・Feb 28, 2022
・Mar 7, 2022
・Mar 21, 2022
・Apr 4, 2022

Tuition and Fees (prices in euros '€')
2-week course: € 1,260.00
4-week course: € 2,100.00
6-week course: € 3,000.00
8-week course: € 3,900.00
10-week course: € 4,800.00
12-week course: € 5,700.00

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 learn basic techniques of shoemaking through intensive lessons, making shoes for their size. It includes all the steps of shoemaking process, 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.

Shoemaking classes are NOT available during the whole month of August.

Start Dates (check-in)
・May 1, 2022
・May 15, 2022
・May 29, 2022
・Jun 12, 2022
・Jun 26, 2022
・Jul 10, 2022
・Jul 24, 2022
・Aug 21, 2022
・Sep 4, 2022
・Sep 18, 2022

Tuition and Fees (prices in euros '€')
2-week course: € 2,600.00 (€ 2,320.00 without housing)
4-week course: € 4,600.00 (€ 4,200.00 without housing)
6-week course: € 6,400.00 (€ 5,800.00 without housing)
8-week course: € 8,200.00 (€ 7,400.00 without housing)
12-week course: € 11,000.00 (€ 9,800.00 without housing)

    Summer Intensive Course fees include:
  • Enrollment fee
  • Tuition
  • Facility fees (no materials)
  • English interpretation service
  • Orientation
  • Welcome lunch
  • Welcome kit (city map, pen, notebook, file folder)
  • Bus pass
  • Weekly guided art visits:
    students will visit the best sightseeing and historical monuments of the city
  • Housing in a shared apartment (twin room, or single room at an extra cost)
  • Housing utilities expense
  • Two meal and four drink vouchers per week
  • Cultural activities: every two weeks
    (e.g., a trip to Pisa/Siena, Tuscan farmhouse visit, pizza lesson)

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Bespoke Shoemaking in Florence – Italy

Italy is the core of leather crafting 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 the shoe industry is an utmost theme in Italy.



(Original video courtesy of AFP, all rights reserved.)

Teachers

Shoemaking instructors are from Italian families, who has been making leather shoes for generations. The laboratory is located in dowtown Florence, a few steps from the Florence Cathedral. The teacher will show students every step of leather crafts in an easy and comprehensive manner.

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