Certificate IV in Custom Made Footwear
In the right hands, a shoe can be a work of art. This program will help you forge your path in the footwear industry.
Over 1 year of study you will develop technical and practical skills to produce high-level custom made footwear, focusing on design, patterns, manufacturing and the presentation of finished design ideas.
You will develop freehand and computer-aided design sketches and technical drawing of your shoe designs and create prototypes using your knowledge of patterns and footwear construction.
During this 1-year program, you will learn:
- to produce working patterns
- the correct use of components in footwear construction
- how to use leather characteristics and synthetic materials to construct custom-made footwear.
You will develop creative and technical skills in:
- computer-aided design
- product development
- technical information, including specification development.
Classes take place in a simulated industry environment at RMIT’s Brunswick campus. You are encouraged to be creative and practical in your studies.
This program is only offered on a full-time basis. You are expected to attend approximately 24 hours of classes and undertake approximately 12 hours of extra study and research weekly.
You will connect with key Australian and international industry figures and with companies such as Texon Oz, Pacific Brands and Cotton On. These real-world connections provide you with current information and trends on the industry.
Program entry requirements
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 50%.
Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary Diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.
You must supply evidence of your creativity in the form of a folio that contains a variety of your personal work in art, design or media relevant to the program/s you are applying for. The folio should demonstrate your interests and creative thinking as well as your conceptual, design, problem solving and technical skills. You should include evidence of how ideas were developed as well as finished works.
Examples of work to include in your folio are drawings, paintings, graphic designs, photographs, digital images, models, sculpture, video, scripting, short stories, and/or 2D and 3D Flash animation.
We recommend you explain each work to help the Selection Officer understand the purpose and background of that work.
Folios should be submitted electronically on a CD with files in PDF, JPEG, SWF, DCR or QuickTime format suitable to be read on Mac OSX or later, unless otherwise specified. Each electronic file should be no larger than 10MB.
You must present your folio at an assessment session (if you are living outside Melbourne, this can be conducted via email, phone or Skype).
English language requirements:
To study this program you will need to complete the Academic IELTS with an overall band of 5.5 and no individual band below 5.0.
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