Course Title: Develop design for custom-made footwear

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

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

Marianne Centner

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 covers the development of the knowledge and skills associated with communication to establish design requirements with the client.
The Design Theory component takes the students through the entire creative process including:
- Trend research
- Inspiration and concept development
- Range building
- Mood boards
- Story boards
- Presentation
Computer-aided design is the development of designs in electronic format.
The CAD component provides the students with the necessary technical skills to present their ideas in Photoshop and Adobe illustrator. The course covers a series a series of exercises to provide the students with the experience and knowledge to create professional industry standard Mood and Story boards.
Students will submit their work for the end of year presentation.

Teaching Schedule

Design Theory

Week 1 Introduction: the design process
Week 2&3 Trend / Concept research: utilize online trend forecast resources
Week 4 to 6 Concept development: Theme exploration, Inspiration, Colour, Textures, Trims
Week 7 to 10 Range building: Refining the concept, drawing, final styles for the range
Week 11 & 12 Story boards: Industry standard boards with professional drawings
Week 13 & 14 Mood boards: Industry standard boards reflecting the inspiration and theme of the range
Week 15 to 17 Specification sheets: technical information for production: Specification, Production and costing sheets
Week 18 & 19 Final presentation, assessment and feedback



Week 1 Revision: Basic Tools, Shapes, Colouring
Week 2 & 3 Activity 1: Business Card
Week 4 & 5 Illustrator: Activity 2 - Draw existing design 1 (layers)
Week 6 Illustrator: Activity 4 - Dress a foot
Week 7 Illustrator: Activity 5 - Free drawing
Week 8-10 Illustrator: Draw your designs
Week 11 Illustrator: Story board
Week 12 Photoshop: Revision: Basic Tools, Shapes, Colouring, Layers.
Week 13 & 14 Photoshop, Illustrator: Mood Board
Week 15 & 16 Excel, Illustrator, Photoshop: Spec Sheets
Week 17 Finalize Mood, Materials & Story board
Week 18 & 19 Final submission, assessment and feedback

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Choklat, Aki (2012). Footwear Design. London: Laurence King Publishing Ltd.

978 1 85669 7


Other 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 Theory
Progress of student’s work is assessed throughout the semester. Assessments include:
- Trend research
- Concept/ theme development
- Design development
- Colour, Trim, Materials research
- Range development
- Information sheets: Specification, Production and Costing
The major project, to be submitted an presented at the end of the semester include:
- Mood Board
- Story Board
- Oral presentation

Progress of student’s work is assessed throughout the semester with exercises and activities.
Final work to be assessed at the end of the semester includes:
- Professionally looking Mood board: Illustrator, Photoshop
- Professionally looking Story board: Illustrator, Photoshop
- Industry standard information sheets: Specification, Production and Costing – Excel, Illustrator, Photoshop

Assessment Matrix

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

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