This specialist footwear masters level course gets students to challenge the concept of footwear design and push conventional notions of shoe design.
MA Footwear focuses on both design and craft while conceptual and critical thinking underpin taught technical skills. You will learn about design, production and manufacturing within a critical framework.
Great reasons to apply:
- Graduates have found employment working for footwear consultancy companies, brands and setting up their own show businesses.
- This course is recognised for student research into innovative approaches to footwear manufacture.
- Access to industry-standard equipment.
Who should take this course
MA Footwear provides a wealth of technical knowledge, machines, expertise and highly skilled technicians combined with innovative forward thinking academic staff who work in a student focused made to measure approach to develop their initial study proposals towards well-considered final projects. We seek to recruit students from a wide variety of design and cultural backgrounds who will be a unique force of free-thinkers who challenge boundaries, within a laboratory of experimentation and investigation. This will include both graduates and practitioners from within industry with previous knowledge and skills in the area of footwear design, and self-motivated individuals with relevant materials and technology-based skills who look to challenge themselves. Building on a wealth of knowledge and machinery heritage, the course puts an emphasis on the footwear tradition and craft that the Cordwainers heritage embodies, but also actively explores and questions technologies and materials of the future through availability of the latest technology. In this environment students will build on their previous background knowledge and skills to create innovative footwear, extending existing norms both conceptually and technologically, through either bespoke handcrafted or mass production manufacturing.
The outcome of this can be commercial, innovative, radical, conceptual and/or avant-garde; students are challenged to respond in an innovative way not to what footwear is, but instead to look to what it can be.
- 15 months, 4 terms, level 7, 180 credits
- Creative and Technical Innovation (40 credits)
- Research Methods (20 credits)
- Collaborative Unit (20 credits) - find out more
- Technical Analysis and Development (40 units)
- Terms three and four
- Masters Project (60 credits)
Fees & Funding:
Home / EU fee
About Course Provider
University of the Arts London (UAL) is Europe’s largest specialist art and design university. Its unique creative community is made up of six renowned Colleges, each with its own world-class reputation: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts.
UAL is the world’s sixth best University for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings 2018. Offering an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts, UAL is the main talent pipeline to the UK’s creative industries.
Home to a diverse community of over 18,000 students from 129 countries, UAL has a track record for launching and furthering careers. Our graduates can be found in every part and at every level of the creative and cultural sectors, from heads of global business to self-employed practitioners, and on shortlists for awards ranging from the Turner Prize to the Oscars.
Building on UAL’s association with some of the most original thinkers in the arts, students and staff are inspired to challenge convention, generate new ideas and nurture talent. Home to award-winning staff and students for more than a century, UAL’s Colleges are at the forefront of learning, creativity and practice in their specialist subjects. This close-knit College structure offers opportunities for learning and enquiry for people at all stages of their creative development.
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