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Shoe One-Year Diploma

Students will be challenged with a complete program that will provide a deep overlook of the knowledge required nowadays by the industry

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How our courses change with COVID-19

Since February 2020 with the spread of COVID-19 the school had to suspend all training courses. Italian Ministery of Education and our Regional government have communicated that we will be able to start courses again from June 2020. Nevertheless we need to assure the safety of our students and put actions in place to prevent the spread of the virus again.

The major constrain that we need to face is the distancing. We won’t be able to use the facilities of the school as before because we need to assure a minimum distance of 1 mt. between students. For this reason we have decided to change the way we organise our classes.

The three pillars of our training will remain the same but we will change the way we organise each of them

Lessons from the teachers

Our teachers have been working hard to prepare video lessons to cover all course topics. You will be able to access these contents at your own pace from home.

Individual work

Learning by doing has always been the center of our training. We will send you all the materials you need to work. Teachers will assign homework to assess your understanding of each topic

Review with the instructor

Teachers will dedicate 100% of their time to review your individual work and to give you feedbacks and suggestions on how to make better. This is a key moment of the course

Target students

The program is dedicated to those who:

  • Want to deep dive in the footwear sector
  • Wish to learn how to create a brand of shoes
  • Want to learn the best practices of the industry from lifelong experts and technicians
  • Value Italy as the place to learn how to develop fashion shoes

Topics covered during the course

The approach of the course is practical so, not only students will learn every aspect of shoe making: from design to pattern making through a wide variety of technical patterns for both woman and man from casual to dressy styles but will also have the opportunity to deep dive into materials and therefore understand how to source them.

Students will also have the opportunity to explore their creativity through the development of a collection where they will design, create a merchandising plan therefore enrich their portfolio or create their first one for the basis for their own brand.

After acquiring technical skills, students will work thoroughly with Italian artisans and technicians in our sample room producing their own pairs of shoes from pumps to sandals and from laced-up to moccasins.

The program offers a great balance between innovation and tradition as students will also learn the use of specific softwares for 2D and 3D modeling.

Special focus will be given to sneakers being the driving force for both athletic and fashion brands. Particular attention will be given to pattern making, design and prototyping.

Arsutoria School strongly supports students who wish to launch their own brand therefore dedicates an insightful part of the program to prepare Startup projects addressing how to work with factories and how to approach the very first collections.

The program is intensive and students will be evaluated regularly on each aspect of the course in order to become self-conscious so to maximize their skills acquisition and also to understand which profession within the shoe industry suits them best.


On-field experience

Organized visits to factories, show rooms and specialized trade fare exhibitions will complete the training to prepare graduates to embrace the industry.

Professional profiles

This intensive program aims at training a well-rounded professional figure able to enter the footwear industry with strong techincal and design competences. Our alumni will work as:

  • Pattern makers
  • Sample makers
  • Designers
  • 3D Designers
  • Product developers
  • Entrepreneurs

Course details

Run dates

Intakes Duration Location Language
August 25th, 2020 – May 6th, 2021 29 weeks, 1000 hours Arsutoria School, Milan, Italy English, Italian
January 11th, 2021 - July 22nd, 2021 28 weeks, 1000 hours Arsutoria School, Milan, Italy English, Italian


Tuition fees€ 21.700
Optional accommodation in our campus starting from€ 9.900

Full course agenda

ModuleMain topics
Pattern making and prototypingMaster the basic rules for correct and functional pattern design, experimenting on basic to mid level constructions.
Design, pattern making and prototyping of sneakersEnrich your knowledge of the most fashionable footwear in the recent years: the sneaker. Both for fashion and performance models.
Shoe making in our footwear labMake four different models of shoe, from stitching to lasting and sole attachment with expert Italian technicians.
Tools for 3d digital designDiscover how modern software and tools can help you deliver your ideas in a better and faster way
Marketing and design of a shoe collectionA four-week module where expert merchandisers, sourcer and designers will guide you to a successful collection launch
Startup your own shoe brandLearn how to collaborate with factories and suppliers to ensure smooth sailing for your shoe brand development

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