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Accessories One-Year Diploma

The recently launched shoe and bag one-year intensive course aims at training a well-rounded professional, with both design and making skills, in the field of fashion accessories.

Arsutoria 1 year accessories course

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

Course details

Run dates

Intakes Duration Location Language
August 25th, 2020 - July 22nd, 2021 45 weeks, 1600 hours Arsutoria School, Milan, Italy English, Italian
January 11th, 2021 - December 22nd, 2021 45 weeks, 1600 hours Arsutoria School, Milan, Italy English, Italian


Tuition fees€ 31.000
Optional accommodation in our campus starting from€ 15.500

Learning experience

This extensive and intensive program responds to the training needs of those who want to maximize their education in the accessories field in a brief time by acquiring technical, design and practical skills that will be the starting point of their professional career. The approach of the program is practical so, not only students will learn every aspect of shoes and bags making: from design to pattern making but will also have the opportunity to deep dive into materials and therefore understand how to source them.

Students working on shoe and bag patterns

With a strong understanding of the production process, students will also have the opportunity to explore their creativity and will approach design starting from hand sketching and will also learn 2D rendering.

Shoe Design and Bag Design classes will simulate a collection development process so students will develop a mood board, complete sketches together with materials and colors, a merchandising plan to finalize the class by presenting their collection. The collection developed may be the starting point to launch the individual’s brand or a development of their portfolio.


After acquiring technical skills, students will work thoroughly with Italian artisans and technicians in our sample rooms producing their own pairs of shoes from sneakers to pumps and from sandals to laced-up and producing their bags such as Tote, Clutch, Backpack, Bucket or Boston Bag, Briefcase and will also work on Strip or Box construction, on top of their individual prototypes which will be entirely designed and developed by students.

The program offers a great balance between innovation and tradition as students will also learn the use of specific software for 2D and 3D modeling, achieving a microfiber prototype designed through these tools and cut with state-of-the art equipment: a real life simulation of what happens prior to getting into a shoe or bag sample room.

Shoe 3D design and machine cutting

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

Visits to factories, show rooms and specialized trade fairs exhibitions will be organized to give a complete view of the accessories sector.


The program is thorough and students will be evaluated regularly on each aspect of the program in order to become self-conscious so to maximize their skills acquisition and above all to understand which profession within the accessories industry suit them best.


Full course agenda

ModuleFieldMain topics
Pattern making and prototyping basicsShoes & BagsMaster the basic rules for correct and functional pattern design, experimenting on basic to mid level constructions.
Sneaker design, pattern making & prototypingShoesIntensive course for students who want to deepen their knowledge in the most popular shoes in recent years: sneakers, both fashion and performance
Shoeand bag making in our footwear sample roomShoes & BagsMake your own models of shoes and bags, from stitching to lasting and sole attachment with expert Italian technicians
Use of 3D tools for digital designShoesDiscover how modern software and tools can help you deliver your ideas in a better and faster way
Collection designShoes & BagsA module where expert merchandisers, sourcer and designers will guide you to a successful collection launch
Branding and marketingShoes & BagsA full immersion in branding a line  to learn from merchandisers  to launch a successful brand
Startup your own shoe brandShoesLearn how to collaborate with factories and suppliers to ensure smooth sailing for your shoe brand development

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