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What will I learn?

In the only dedicated footwear course in Australia, you'll develop the technical and practical skills to produce custom-made (bespoke) footwear.

Develop your technical and practical skills to produce custom-made footwear, focusing on design, pattern, manufacturing and the presentation of finished ideas.

By understanding the nature and environment in which footwear is created, you'll learn the skills that are applied at each stage of the construction process.

From the creation of freehand to computer aided design sketches and technical drawings, you'll learn how to prepare, cut and sew the necessary components using a variety of materials to create uniquely original shoes.


As a graduate, you will be able to enter the industry as an assistant where, over time, you may progress to a head footwear designer role within a large company. Head footwear designers lead large design teams and travel or conduct market research to gain insight into current trends.

A number of graduates currently own and operate their own footwear design businesses.

Other graduates work as designers, product developers, production/quality controllers, supply chain managers and technical officers.

As a footwear designer your daily activities may include:

working with other designers, clients and stakeholders
sketching design drawings by hand or using computer aided design programs
attending fashion shows and events for research
making prototype shoes
sourcing materials such as leather or synthetic or sustainably produced materials

Which department am I in?

College of Design and Social Context



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$23,250.00 (12,44,647) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

February 2022, February 2023


Brunswick Campus

25 Dawson Street,



3056, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 50% average.

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 5.5 (with no individual band below 5.0)
TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 50 (with minimum of 5 in Reading, 5 in Listening, 14 in Speaking and 15 in Writing)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 42 (with no communication band less than 36)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 162 with no less than 154 in any component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)

RMIT University has obtained a 5-Star QS ranking for excellence in higher education.

  • Ranked 21st globally for universities less than 50 years old
  • 15th highest-ranked university in Australia
  • 8th in Australia for graduate employability
  • Industry partnerships in 100+ countries