The BFA in Footwear & Accessory Design encompasses the unique process of 2D and 3D design and construction of footwear and accessories and the development of a final collection and extensive portfolio. The BFA will focus on, relative to footwear and accessories:
Identification and use of materials and hardware.
Machine and hand sewing leather techniques.
The use of industry-standard tools and equipment.
The application of a design process to design, develop and build ranges.
3D construction methods.
Consumer, market, and trends.
Hand sketching and CAD, including 3D design software.
Industry-standard specification sheets.
Presentation of work with an emphasis on defending the work in the context of current and future trends in footwear.
Building an extensive portfolio of work relevant to today and future accessory trends.
Finding and developing a personal design aesthetic.
FSH 100: Drawing for Fashion
FSH 111: Introduction to Fashion
FSH 120: Color Science and Fabric Technology
FSH 165: Leatherworking Techniques for Footwear & Accessories
FSH 103: Drawing for Footwear & Accessory Design
FSH 145: Fashion Marketing 1
FSH 161: Digital Techniques for the Fashion Business
LA 108: Composition for the Artist
LA 119: Fabric and Fiber Technology
LA 120: Art History Through the 15th Century
FSH 104: Bag Construction 1
FSH 203: Footwear Construction 1
JEM 143: 3D Modeling and Printing 1
LA 291: Designing Careers
FSH 204: Bag Construction 2
FSH 258: Accessory Design: Handbags & Small Leather Goods
JEM 233: Digital Design: Laser Cutting and Milling
JEM 333: Advanced 3D Modeling and Printing
LA 121: Art History Through the 19th Century
LA 202: English Composition: Creative Persuasion & Argument
FSH 300: Product Development: Shoe Collection
FSH 303: Footwear Construction 2
FSH 311: Millinery
LA 117: Survey of Landscape Architecture
FSH 293: Sneaker Design & Construction
FSH 304: Advanced Bag Construction for Fashion and Sports
FSH 323: Fashion Trend Analysis
LA 110: Writing the Short Story
LA 118: History of Industrial Design
LA 292: Programming & Culture
FSH 306: Accessory Design: Senior 1
FSH 456: Fashion Portfolio
LA 171: Western Civilization
N/A: Any LA Course
FSH 391: Fashion Product Styling
FSH 406: Accessory Design: Senior 2
LA 254: Human-Centered Design
N/A: Any LA Course
PH 103: Digital Photography for Artists
BFA Footwear & Accessory Design Degree Requirements
A minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 107 Writing for the Multilingual Artist or 108 Composition for the Artist
Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
1 Written Communication: Composition
1 Written Communication: Critical Thinking
1 Written Communication: Context & Style
2 Art Historical Awareness: Western Art
2 Art Historical Awareness: Surveys
1 Historical Awareness
1 Quantitative Literacy
1 Cultural Ideas & Influences
1 Employment Communications & Practices
After the above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.
Program Learning Outcomes
Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:
Research and Concept Development
Conduct original and comprehensive research to inform concept development
Develop compelling concepts as inspiration for footwear and accessory collections
Analyze trends and market research to develop products and collections appropriate for target markets and consumers
Produce accurate and detailed industry-standard specification sheets
Produce accurate and comprehensive industry-standard patterns for both standard and original product designs
Use of a complete design process to produce products and collections from 2D ideation to 3D fully functioning product
Develop and express in 2d media and 3d product a unique and individual design aesthetic
Visual Presentation Skills
Create professional, organized, and visually engaging presentations and portfolio material to effectively expresses product and collection concepts
Demonstrate proficiency with industry-standard computer software by producing technical drawings, visual media, and portfolio content
Verbal and Written Presentation Skills
Present and communicate collection proposals, portfolios, and product concepts clearly and effectively
Create a relevant and original portfolio and collateral materials that can be used to market themselves to the industry
Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of footwear and accessory design and production in context with a career working in the footwear and accessory industry
Identify, source, and make appropriate use of the various materials and hardware used for footwear and accessory construction
Identify different footwear and accessory products/designs/styles/constructions and use appropriate terminology to describe their anatomy
Effectively use equipment specific to leatherworking to manipulate and sew leather to produce footwear and accessories
Use of unique handcrafting skills for footwear making and leather working and use of hand tools
Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:
Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.