Shoe Making & Shoe Design Course

Accademia Riaci

Program Description

Shoe Making & Shoe Design Course

Accademia Riaci

Shoe Making

One-Year Course

Students will learn all the necessary techniques of shoe making, 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 shoe maker. Students will also acquire general inter-discipline knowledge on art through basic art lessons (3D Drawing, Color Theory, Art History, Basic Painting) and Art-Visits outside of the classroom.

Semester Course

Students will study basic type shoe making, 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 shoe making, in order to prepare for more advanced study.

Students will also acquire general inter-discipline knowledge on art through basic art lessons (3D Drawing, Color Theory, Art History, Basic Painting) and Art-Visits outside of the classroom.

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.

Students will also acquire general inter-discipline knowledge on art through basic art lessons (3D Drawing, Color Theory, Art History, Basic Painting) and Art-Visits outside of the classroom.

Semester Course

Students will learn basic shoe design processes, with focus on building up a solid basis of shoes 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 variation of colors and materials, as well as market trend and learn to express their free ideas into actual design.

Students 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.

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 cities of Italy has been the center of 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 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 shoemaking artisans who preserves the precious tradition of shoe industry is utmost theme in Italy.

In the Shoe Making major, Accademia Riaci offers students a rare chance to learn the authentic, top-level shoe making techniques, directly 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 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.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma or its equivalent; College Degree or its equivalent.
  • Sufficient language proficiency in either Italian, English or Spanish.
  • If available, a portfolio of twelve artworks that best represent the student’s work style (attached to email).

Required Documents

  • ACCADEMIA RIACI Application Form Application 2017-2018.
  • One passport photo (3 cm x 4 cm).
  • A photocopy of your passport.
  • A copy of High School diploma (or its equivalent), or college/university degree and higher ( documents must be written in English, Italian or Spanish).

If available:

  • Two recommendation letters from the faculty, work supervisor, or any relevant personnel.
  • Portfolio of twelve artwork (by email).

Please submit a portfolio description, listing each piece by number, size, medium and date completed.

Deadlines

  • EU Students – By 30 days prior to the course commencement date.
  • Non-EU Students – By 90 days prior to the course commencement date.

Course Schedule

One-Year program

  • January 15, 2018 - July 27, 2018
  • September 3, 2018 - April 26, 2019
  • January 14, 2019 - July 26, 2019

Semester program

  • January 15, 2018 - April 27, 2018
  • September 3, 2018 - December 14, 2018
  • January 14, 2019 - April 26, 2019
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated November 28, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 3, 2018
Jan. 2019
Duration
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1 - 2 semesters
Full time
Price
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7,800 EUR
Semester program: EU students; Non-EU students: €8,700; One Year program: EU students: €13,000; Non-EU students: €15,000
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Italy - Florence, Tuscany
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