I want to learn the technical side of things to be a better designerRead the full story
A creative soul who has gained a BA and a MA in Fashion Design from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium and as he fell in love with the designing and development of shoes for his final MA collection development, he decided to join ARSUTORIA School to become knowledgeable about footwear pattern making as well. Shone believes that learning the technical side of shoe making would benefit his future designs. As he desires to start his own brand one day, we shall expect to see both garments and shoes.← Back
I want to gain technical knowledge to become a pattern makerRead the full story
Stephanie has always had clear ideas about who she wanted to become: a shoe maker! She started off with a BA in Fashion Apparel with a strong focus on accessories and leather goods and has always maximized any opportunity to get closer to the industry to gain hands-on-experience. Her strive and dedication has gotten her into gaining trust to build up her existing skills by her company. As a matter of fact, Ecco Shoes A/S has sponsored her training at Arsutoria, deciding to send her to Milan to gain pattern making education, prior to graduating from the Global Trainee Programme within product and design.← Back
Footwear is a family business that I want to keep growingRead the full story
Jashim came to Arsutoria with a Business Administration background and with a solid knowledge of leather processing and material as per the Tannery business his family owns with the aim of raising the business to add on the existing field of activities a high-quality leather footwear manufacturer.← Back
I want to get a better technical knowledge about shoesRead the full story
Hugo arrived at Arsutoria School with an extensive knowledge and experience as he worked as Ecco'let Tannery Supervisor in Portugal then moved to Brazil to work in Camuto Group and from there moved to China in Donguang to work for the same company as a Brand Production Manager. CGA sent him to Arsutoria to upgrade his technical knowledge of the product.← Back
Majority of class hours is dedicated to upper making techniques, a topic which we believe is indispensable for both designers and technicians. Once the basis is established, the learning path brings students to a more advanced level with the study of more difficult designs such as: more complicated pumps and challenging lace-up shoes together with simple and asymmetric sandals, moccasin, ankle boots and boots.
While pattern making activities are fundamental, the theory behind it is equally important. At the beginning of the course students are given our customised theory books that explains the Arsutoria Method for pattern making. This book serves as an aid to follow along the teacher during these lessons, and a quick reference on why a measure, a line, a shape is done in that way.
Students are exposed to lectures and guest lessons by footwear professionals working in different and always unexpected fields. These engaging, one-of-a-kind lessons are a great way for students to understand the intricacies and implications of footwear pattern making and prototyping. In the picture above, a special guest lecture held by Federico D’Amario, orthopedic and former Italian Olympic Skiing Team Doctor.
Inside the facilities of Arsutoria School we have set up a footwear factory where a team of Italian technicians guide our students through the unique experience of making shoes. Students do not learn how to use the machines but they understand what happens in production. They can interact with the technicians while their prototypes flow through the different steps of manufacturing. They assist step by step while their design is translated into a real product
One entire week is dedicated to the use of CAD systems in the footwear industry. 2D CAD systems are commonly used in most of the Italian footwear factories for pattern engineering and cutting. In the recent years, also 3D CAD has reached a very good quality and footwear companies are increasingly implementing these technologies both in the pattern making area and in the design area. At Arsutoria School one classroom with 20 workstations is dedicated to footwear CAD. An automatic cutting table is also available at the ARS-LAB
During the 12 week course we always bring our students to visit at least two companies, leaders in their respective fields:
Depending on the period of the year, students have the chance to visit two of the most important trade fairs of the footwear sector: theMICAM and Lineapelle. The class takes a day off to visit the events with classmates and teachers, having the chance to experience and meet some of the top manufacturers of the field, with whom Arsutoria has strong relationships.
After the prototyping weeks, all students are engaged in a collective, participative session on fitting test on their prototypes. This is a terrific opportunity to consult with other students and our teachers on the shortfalls and peculiarity of their prototypes. This fitting test session is part of the final grade of each student.
The last week of the course is dedicated to our final assessment: this final exam is an opportunity to recap all the subjects covered during the course and to assess the progress in skills and knowledge. It takes three entire days and it includes:
This 4-week advanced module has recently been added to our training offer to respond to the increasing request from our students demanding more advanced technical insights. Objective of this course is to dive more deeply into pattern making through the study of more technically sophisticated uppers.Learn more
Objective of the course is to immerse participants in the process of creative development of a collection of footwear, focus their creative ideas and present them through a good level of sketchingLearn more