Footwear Foundation Degree – C0024

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Course Overview

This course addresses the needs of today’s footwear industry. It is equivalent to years one and two of a BA (Hons) degree and combines academic research with vocational practice in a range of footwear disciplines. You will learn about specific requirements in design; shoemaking; range building; trend packages; supply chain management and footwear business and production while benefiting from our strong industry links. Areas of study include style and colour prediction; brand identity and marketing; CAD/Photoshop/Illustrator for fashion and footwear; Autodesk 3D software; footwear fashion and design; production technology; footwear buying; supply and management; manufacturing technology; professional development; and product design and development.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

As this course addresses the needs of today’s footwear industry, there is a strong focus on work-based learning and the course covers a broad spectrum of footwear industry-related topics. You will study the following modules in year one/level 4:

Footwear Fashion and Design (to include CAD and Textiles)
Production Technology
Footwear Buying
Supply and Management Skills.

Year 2

In year two a greater element of independent study is required, with further development of your specialist skills culminating in a final collection and end of year show. You will study the following modules:

Style Prediction and Marketing Strategies
Manufacturing Technology
Professional Development (employability skills and industry experience)
Product Design and Development.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry to this course requires a minimum of 32 UCAS points from a recognised level 3 qualification in a related subject (i.e. two A2s at grade D, extended diploma PPP, or an Access to HE). You are expected to hold GCSE English and maths at grade 4 or equivalent. We welcome applicants who do not match standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate the ability to study this subject at university level and who can evidence relevant experience. You will need a portfolio of your work. Following receipt of this work, an interview by phone will be conducted.

A minimum IELTS score of 5.5 is required for non-native English speakers.

How you will be assessed

Modules are assessed through the completion of either practical or written assignments that are set in a contemporary, work-related context. The final stages of the course involve the production of a professional portfolio. The work you undertake is negotiable and will reflect your individual strengths and career aspirations.

The final grade on your DMU certificate at the end of this course follows the standard university foundation degree classification system of distinction, merit and pass.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Total Fees: £6165.00

Additional Costs

If you have to complete a work placement involving working with children or vulnerable adults, you may need to apply for a DBS check. If you are 19 or over on 1 September on the year of entry, this will incur a cost to you of £40. Educational trips are not compulsory but encouraged as part of your experience. Previous students have paid up to £450 for an overseas trip. You should expect to spend approximately £100 per year on art materials and printing costs for the presentation of work.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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Course and Career progression

You can top up to a full degree by joining the final year of the BA (Hons) Professional Studies (Creative Industries) at Leicester College or the BA (Hons) Footwear at DMU. It may also be possible for you to apply to other universities to top up to other footwear-related degree programmes. This course allows you to progress to product development and design, buying, footwear manufacturing and retail, quality control or footwear technology.

What Happens Next

Applications must be made through UCAS at using the course code WJ74, institution code L36. Due to the nature of this programme, you may also be invited to attend an interview or audition. Where necessary, other means of interview/audition (i.e. telephone, web-based, CD/DVD) can be arranged.

If you have not already started a UCAS application, we accept direct applications to this course as the college will process the placement through UCAS on your behalf. To apply directly, please apply via the College website homepage ‘Apply’ icon of visit:

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