Reasons to study Footwear Design BA (Hons) at DMU:
- A unique Footwear Design BA (Hons) degree
with modules designed to build practical application, research, design and development, biomechanics, bespoke and model prototyping skills.
- Dedicated studio and workshop facilities
housed within the award winning Vijay Patel Building – find out more
- Work on live industry projects
with high street and major branded houses encompassing the multiple categories of men’s, women’s, children’s and athletic footwear.
- 100% of our Footwear Design
graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
- Access to advanced 3D CAD facilities
for last and upper design, complemented with pattern engineering.
- High level of global employment opportunities
with previous graduates have worked as designers, technical, buyers or agents
Throughout the course your shoe design and technical making skills will be developed, emphasising the crucial relationship between design and manufacture and the needs of the footwear industry.
You will develop your design, research, drawing and illustration skills, and the ability to present and communicate ideas and concepts to a high professional standard. This includes a series of shoe design projects focusing on a comprehensive range of footwear styles. You will learn technical modern shoemaking skills and make a range of prototype shoes of your own using excellent specialist studio facilities including 3D design equipment.
We have a unique series of guest speaker events which take place throughout the year and have included Guy West and Liam Fahy; these events give you the chance to network with industry.
Structure and assessment
- 2D/3D Pattern Engineering and Construction
- Manufacturing Technology
- Trends and Product Development
- 3D CAD 1
- Illustration and Visual Communication
- Design Cultures 1
- Global Live design 1
- Pro-style Trend 3D CAD 2
- Introduction to Fashion/Footwear Business
- Progressive Trend and Product Development
- Classic Bespoke and Biomechanical Performance
- Design Cultures 2
- Global Live Design 2
- Advanced Technical Studies and Portfolio
- Design Cultures 3
- Final Major Project
Facilities and features
Art and design facilities
You will have access to large open-plan studios, 3D design equipment and specialist shoemaking workshops. Technical support and further workshops are available for producing individual prototype components such as soles, heels and trims.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
There will be opportunities to take up an industry placement position by students to complement and support their area of study. This could be for research, design development, lab tests or case study activities. Those wishing to take up this option can take this between year two and final year of study. For shorter placements students will be found a suitable placement if available, this will be dependent on their area of study.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Several dedicated study, research or inspirational focused trips related to this programme will be made available to you. They include Italy, Spain and Paris, each with a different research or inspiration purpose available for you.
Upon successful completion of the course you will have the opportunity to go into careers within footwear design, technical, buying and marketing.
Previous graduates are working as designers, buyers or agents for companies such as Gucci, New Balance, L.K.Bennett, Dr. Martens, Irregular Choice, Lacoste, Kickers, Kurt Geiger, Adidas, Dune, Levi’s, Office, Next and Georgina Goodman both in the UK and overseas.