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Footwear Foundation Degree (FdA)

About the course

  • Strong links with industry include placements and work-related projects

  • You will cover a wide range of skills needed for a career in footwear design

  • The chance to progress to the final year of the Footwear Design BA (Hons) degree

Offering the expertise in footwear technology required by the footwear industry worldwide, this course includes training supported by the UK footwear industry. This is in conjunction with specific requirements in design, shoemaking, range building, supply chain management, quality control, footwear business studies and production.

Areas of study include:

  • Footwear production and technology
  • Footwear fashion and design
  • Quality testing
  • Society and theories of fashion
  • Product development, materials testing, fitting and grading
  • Style and colour prediction, brand and range building
  • CAD/Photoshop for fashion and footwear
  • Footwear business studies, warehousing and distribution
  • Supply chain management, costings and production flow.


Key facts

UCAS course code:  WJ74

Duration:  Two years full-time

Location: Leicester College

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

A good portfolio and normally:

  • Art and Design Foundation or
  • 80 UCAS points, including one A Level or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma or Certificate
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ Points


Five GCSEs grades A*- C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above

Interview required: Yes, if UK based

Teaching and assessment

All modules are assessed through completion of either practical or written assignments that are set within a contemporary work-related context. The final stages of the course involve the production of a professional portfolio. The work you carry out is fully negotiable and reflects your individual strengths and career aspirations.

You have contact with tutors through lectures, tutorials and studios, and you also engage in independent study. Although the balance of time will vary depending on the course and level of study, you will typically have 15 hours’ contact and undertake 25 hours of independent study each week.

Course modules

Year one

  • Footwear Fashion and Design
  • Production Technology
  • Footwear Buying, Supply and Management
  • Quality Assurance

Year two

  • Style Prediction and Marketing Strategies
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Professional Development
  • Product Design and Development


Work experience and placements

The course includes work placements within the UK footwear industry, employment or work-related projects and assignments.

Fees and funding

International Fees: TBC


State-of-the-art facilities at Leicester College include a footwear-specific CAD suite and workshops with computerised making machines.

How to apply

UK and EU students are advised to apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com|

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal|.

Contact details

Please contact Leicester College

T: +44 (0)116 224 2240
E: info@leicestercollege.ac.uk
|W: leicestercollege.ac.uk|

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