Course Title: Develop design for custom-made footwear

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: MANU7374C

Course Title: Develop design for custom-made footwear

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4389 - Certificate IV in Custom-Made Footwear

Course Contact: Tallal Khan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259118

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Natalie Prygodicz


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 of competency applies to interpreting design requirements in consultation with client, determining specifications and developing the design for custom-made footwear. Work may involve individual and team activities. 

This course addresses the following units and all these units are clustered for delivery but may assessed separately.

MSTGN3006 - Draw 3-D designs

MSTFD4014 - Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs & construction techniques


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTFP4001 Develop design for custom-made footwear


1. Research footwear designs

Performance Criteria:


Identify and access information sources on footwear design and construction techniques, to ensure knowledge is current


Analyse current and historical trends in footwear design and construction techniques


Analyse impact of footwear componentry designs on footwear


Analyse footwear designs for various purposes


Analyse current industry practices and relate to own work


2. Determine design requirements

Performance Criteria:


Confirm purpose of footwear with client


Confirm requirements for footwear design with client


Use communication skills to identify key priorities of client


Use design tools to develop design concepts


Explore preliminary design concepts with the client using sketches, pictures, software tools or sample shoes


3. Measure and assess foot

Performance Criteria:


Take measurements of foot in accordance with work health and safety (WHS) practices to determine footwear size requirements


Perform gait analysis to obtain baseline data of client’s walk pattern


Conduct trial fit using commercial footwear or client's own footwear according to workplace procedures


4. Confirm footwear design

Performance Criteria:


Calculate cost estimates and provide to client


Finalise design to be used for footwear production and confirm order


Document design and requirements

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

This course introduces you to Drawing 3-Dimensional designs, develop design for custom-made footwear and identifying influences on contemporary footwear designs and construction techniques.

You will do the following activities in this course:  

  • practical demonstrations in studio
  • online discussion and participation
  • design activities or projects
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • peer learning
  • research
  • independent project-based work

Teaching Schedule

Note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.






Mon 11/2


Introduction activity

Canvas Run through

Wed 13/2

Introduce Assessment 1 – Design Influences on Footwear

Influences - Library introduction to research – image databases WGSN

Introduction to Pinterest and creation of board



Mon 18/2

Introduction Assessment 3 - Draw shoes by hand

Draw basic pump – heel heights

Wed 20/2

Introduction to rendering – medium 1

Draw Peep-toe

Draw Mule Shoe


Mon 25/2

Influences – Key Designers and Events of the 20th Century

Influences – Local Designers and materials

Wed 27/2

Draw Mary Jane or T-bar or Sling back

Industry Visit Leffler Leather


Mon 4/3

Influences – Key Footwear trends of the 20th Century

Influences – Favourite Designer

Wed 6/3

Draw D’Orsay or Peep Toe

Rendering – medium 2


Mon 11/3


Wed 13/3

Draw Sandal


Mon 18/3

Influences – Purpose and Function of Footwear

Wed 20/3

Draw Long Boot and children’s shoe

Rendering – Medium 3


Mon 25/3

Current Trends

Wed 27/3

Draw Oxford or Derby


Mon 1/4

Draw Moccasin or Slip-on or boat shoe and trainer

Wed 3/4

Draw Chelsea boot or Jodhpur boot or desert boot



Mon 8/4

Draw Hero Shoe and render

Wed 10/4

Influences – Profile footwear user


Mon 15/4

Introduction to Assessment 3 – Design Your Range

Colour theory – Colour wheel, contrast, seasons

Colour Trends

Design Challenge – adapt existing design

Wed 17/4


Submit Assessment 2 – Draw shoes by hand

Design Elements Exercise

Sourcing inspiration – Pinterest


TERM BREAK: Friday 19th April – Friday 26th April


Mon 29/4

Mind map of range

Design Brief Development

Wed 1/5



Mon 6/5

Design Brief – Client Requirements. Function and Purpose

Wed 8/5

Fabrication and components

Sketching of range with feedback


Mon 13/5

Introduction to Assessment 4 – Specification Package

Specification Sheet Introduction

Preliminary specification

Requirement – bring completed shoe Andrews Class

Wed 15/5

Specifications: Measure and assess Foot

Shoe Fitting


Mon 20/5

Submit Assessment 1 Due – Influences on Footwear

Sketching of range with feedback

Wed 22/5

Finalise Range


Mon 27/5

Submit Assessment 4 – Specifications

Finalise Range

Wed 29/5

Submit Assessment 3 – Design Your Range


Mon 3/6

Feedback Week

Wed 5/6

Feedback Week


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The following course resources will be needed to help you complete the requirements of this course. You should ensure you have access to these and contact the teaching staff if you encounter any issues.

This course requires you to use Microsoft Office - Word and Excel(software) and/also Adobe Creative Suite to complete class activities and Assessments. 

Software Programs from the Adobe Creative Suite are provided by RMIT.


Prescribed Reference Book to be purchased during First semester as directed by the Footwear CAD Teacher.  Shoe Design by Fashionary – A Handbook for Footwear Designers  (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.


For your CAD and Drawing classes you will be required to bring the following items:

  • USB Flash drive - minimum of 10GB
  • Drawing equipment:
  • HB pencils
  • A4 or A3 sketch book
  • Felt tip pens
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener


RMIT Library provides extensive resources for fashion and textiles students.

Search the library and consult the Fashion and Textiles subject guides for more information.

The library also provides guides on academic referencing and assistance is available via phone, chat and email.

Watch this short video on Getting started with fashion and textiles library resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the semester and 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. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on Canvas. You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects. 

All assessment tasks must be completed before competency can be achieved. Tasks that have not be authenticated in class as the student’s own work will not be considered for assessment. Regular attendance is encouraged. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described online at:

Assessment Tasks

This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.



Week Due

Date Due


Design Influences on Footwear

Week 14

20th May


Draw Shoes by Hand

Week 10

17th April


Design your Range

Week 15

29th May


Specification Package

Week 15

27th May

Assessment Tasks are due at 9pm on the due date. If for any reason you find yourself unable to submit the assessment you need to contact your assessor to arrange an extension if it is considered reasonable.


Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved

NYC: Not Yet Competent

DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration (or Course/Program Coordinator)

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:


The statement of student responsibilities summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.



Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.


Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.


Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.


Special consideration Policy

If you wish to apply for special consideration, follow this link for the procedure.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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