Course Title: Develop design for custom-made footwear

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: MANU7233C

Course Title: Develop design for custom-made footwear

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4238 - Certificate IV in Custom made Footwear

Course Contact : Robyn Lyons

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259118

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Margaret Parker

Cathy Chen

Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit applies to interpreting design requirements in consultation with client, determining specifications and developing the design for custom made footwear.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTFP4001B Develop design for custom made footwear


1. Research footwear designs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Information sources on footwear design and construction techniques are identified and accessed to maintain currency of knowledge
1.2 Current and historical trends in footwear design and construction techniques are analysed
1.3 Impact of footwear componentry designs on footwear are analysed
1.4 Footwear designs for various purposes are analysed
1.5 Design tools are used to develop design concepts
1.6 Current industry practices are analysed for application in own work


2. Determine design requirements

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Purpose of footwear is confirmed with client
2.2 Client requirements for footwear design are confirmed with client
2.3 Communication skills are used to identify key priorities of client
2.4 Preliminary design concepts are explored with the client using sketches, pictures, software tools or sample shoes


3. Undertake footwear measurements

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Measurements of foot are taken to determine footwear size requirements and in accordance with OHS practices
3.2 Gait analysis is performed to obtain baseline data of clients walk pattern
3.3 Trial fit is conducted using commercial footwear or client's own footwear
3.4 Measurements are reviewed to confirm that all required information has been collected


4. Confirm footwear design

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Cost estimates are calculated and provided to client
4.2 Design to be used for footwear production is finalised and order confirmed
4.3 Design and requirements are documented


5. Develop design specifications

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Design specifications are developed to guide production
5.2 Design specifications are documented

Learning Outcomes

In this unit the learner will develop the required knowledge and skills associated with communication to establish design requirements with the client, including taking accurate measurements, and document specifications to guide production. Ongoing learning is required to maintain currency of design options and teamwork is applied to ensure client requirements are identified and achieved in the design. Planning and organising skills are required to determine production requirements in relation to the design. Initiative and enterprise and problem solving will be used to create design concepts and match them with production processes. Self management will be applied to ensure design meets design requirements.

Details of Learning Activities

This course has been divided into two distinct learning areas that cover all the learning outcomes required. Design Theory the development of the iknowledge and skills associated with communication to establish design requirements with the client. Computer-aided design is the development of designs in electronic format. students deveop skills to present their ideas in Photoshop and Adobe illustrator. You need to be deemed competent in both learning areas to pass this course.
Research: inspiration and investigation.
● Choose a theme, design from inspiration
● Concurrently develop skills drawing and using different media
Design and development exercises:
1 Wrapping
2 Surface design - (shoe toile)
3 Isolating shapes creating a window - (shoe toile)
4 Texture & Distortion
5 Collage - (shoe toile)
Create presentation for end of year exhibition.

Teaching Schedule

Manual Footwear Design

Week 1 Research and the Design Process
Design exercise #1 Wrapping
Weeks 2 & 3 Research a theme & explore through drawing
Looking at Trends - Stylesight
Design exercise #2 Surface design Toile Shoe designs
Weeks 4 & 5 Explore your research of a theme through drawing
#3 Isolating shapes creating a window. Toile Shoe designs
Weeks 6 & 7 Explore your research of a theme through drawing
#4 Texture & Distortion Creating a mood board
Weeks 8 & 9 Explore your research of a theme through collage and drawing
#5 Collage Toile Shoe designs
Weeks 10 & 11 Design Development Based on individual research
Weeks 12 to 14 Illustrate designs &
Make specification drawings of final range
Scan and submit final work
Weeks 15 & 16 Presentation, Assessment and Feedback

Week 1
Introduction – overview of semester work – w x w handed out;
Revision – Illustrator basics
Start Activity 1 - Ballet flats
Week 2
Illustrator – Continue Activity 1 - Ballet flats
Week 3
Illustrator – Activity 2 - Derby
Week 4
Illustrator – Activity 3 - Pumps
Week 5
Illustrator – Brushes, Swatches
Week 6
Illustrator - copying from an existing photo.
Week 7
Illustrator - Shoe box, presenting images
Week 8
Illustrator - copying from an existing photo (alternative method)
Week 9 & 10
Completing specs for own shoes – Excel/Photoshop/Illustrator
Week 11
Discussion with class re: exhibiting work at end of year. Marketing material & logo – business cards, presentation booklet, posters.
Week 12
Photoshop – Create swatches, colour pallet, moodboard, edit personal photo for presentation
Week 13
Presentation workshop – preparing promotional information for the end of year exhibition - Excel/Photoshop/Illustrator as required, collating work for self-promotion
Week 14 & 15
Presentation workshops
Week 16
Electronic submission of final work.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Internet  resources
Library resources

Overview of Assessment

Tasks that have not be authenticated in class as the student’s own work will not be considered for assessment. Regular attendance is necessary. Assessment will consist of both theory and practical based exercises, predominantly in class but some out of class research and information formatting is required as well.

Assessment Tasks

Design and development exercises
Theme research :
● Image swatches
● Texture swatches
● Colour palette
● Mood board with a Brief summary
● A3Design Development summary
Presentation board(s) including illustrations/photographs, inspiration/mood of shoe designs for end of year exhibition.
Shoe specifications for shoes made semester 2
Business cards: Your label name

Assessment Matrix

Footwear Design Project – Designer/Client Electronic        design Folio
1. Research footwear designsxx
2. Determine design requirementsxx
3. Undertake footwear measurementsx 
4. Confirm footwear designxx
5. Develop design specificationsxx

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