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Footwear pattern maker

The training activity is developed according to the needs expressed by footwear businesses and on the basis of market trends. The practical components of the course are accompanied by cultural modules which complete the professional training and lay the foundations for personal research and investigation of the topic.

Basic Pattern Making

From the Drawing to the completed pattern. Students learn the latest techniques for sketching the model to be created and then transforming it into the pattern proper by extracting the various elements that will go to make up the footwear template.

Paper pattern and Prototype Techniques

Traditional footwear styles, such as the court for example, are explained in their various forms: open, with strap, etc.; classic shows like the 'Chanel' are transformed with decoration and special cuts.
The module goes on to study all models of footwear before studying the cut, stitching and finishing on machine and by hand.

Footwear size development

In this module students study the relationships between footwear sizes and learn to proportion the pattern so that it can be applied to different sizes.

History of Footwear

This module outlines the history and evolution of footwear both as an item of clothing and as a object of fashion and design, and teaches students the techniques used in the still flourishing sector of handmade footwear.


Students are given an extensive overview of the materials used in the footwear industry, their main features and the treatment processes to which they are subjected, so as to encourage the concepts of product quality and optimal use of raw materials.


In order provide its students with a tangible link to the working world, the Accademia della Moda teaches the basic notions of marketing in order to develop competitive success strategies through market analysis and target identification.


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In recent years the shoe has transformed from a simple accessory into a leading fashion item, like in the times of Roger Vivier when he made footwear for Dior. From the handmade tradition, which is deeply rooted in Italy and Campania, the footwear industry has adopted a system that allows it to market competitive products worldwide while conserving quality and design.
FOOTWEAR INDUSTRIAL PATTERN MAKERS combine the prerogatives of the designer and the pattern maker: they know the raw materials, the accessories/components and their characteristics, and they can manage all the design and production phases of new footwear prototypes. 


The industrial pattern maker in the footwear industry is a professional figure that has emerged in recent years after the accessory boom led to a series of radical changes in terms of markets, technologies and the organisation of businesses in this sector. In view of this, footwear businesses require better trained young people who have specific skills in a number of different areas.