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15 months

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Footwear Design

Course type


Course Summary

This specialist footwear masters level course gets students to challenge the concept of footwear design and push conventional notions of shoe design.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

  • Where graduates have gone on to work: graduates of this course have progressed into a diverse range of roles within the industry at notable companies including Burberry Prorsum, Celine, Alexander Wang, and Tom Ford.
  • Research recognition: this course is recognized for student research into innovative approaches to footwear manufacture.
  • Equipment and facilities: students will have access to industry standard equipment and facilities as well as expert technician support.
  • Focus on Cordwainers heritage: building on a wealth of heritage, the course puts an emphasis on the footwear tradition and craft that the Cordwainers heritage embodies and combines this with the latest technology.

MA Footwear provides a wealth of technical knowledge, machines, expertise and highly skilled technicians combined with innovative forward-thinking academic staff who work in a student focused made to measure approach to develop their initial study proposals towards well-considered final projects.

We seek to recruit students from a wide variety of design and cultural backgrounds who will be a unique force of free-thinkers who challenge boundaries, within a laboratory of experimentation and investigation. This will include both graduates and practitioners from within industry with previous knowledge and skills in the area of footwear design, and self-motivated individuals with relevant materials and technology-based skills who look to challenge themselves.

Building on a wealth of knowledge and machinery heritage, the course puts an emphasis on the footwear tradition and craft that the Cordwainers heritage embodies, but also actively explores and questions technologies and materials of the future through availability of the latest technology. In this environment students will build on their previous background knowledge and skills to create innovative footwear, extending existing norms both conceptually and technologically, through either bespoke handcrafted or mass production manufacturing.

The outcome of this can be commercial, innovative, radical, conceptual and/or avant-garde; students are challenged to respond in an innovative way not to what footwear is, but instead to look to what it can be.


Collaborative Challenge (20 Credits)
Innovation in Context (40 Credits)
Masters Project (60 Credits)
Critical Practice and Research (40 Credits)
Research Proposal (20 Credits)

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Entry requirements

Students need to have an Honours degree at 2.1 or above in footwear design and/or production. Students with a degree in another subject may be considered, depending on the strength of the application; OR Equivalent qualifications OR relevant and quantitative industrial experience for a minimum of three years.

University information

University of the Arts London (UAL) is one of the world’s leading and most prestigious arts universities, maintaining an internationally renowned list of alumni. Being located in London, it is an ideal place to study a postgraduate qualification and get connected to a thriving creative sector. With modern campus sites spread across London, UAL offers over 100 taught postgraduate degree courses at the university’s six specialist colleges and...more

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