Industrial Footwear Design – English

The manufacturing of shoes might have disappeared abroad virtually completely, but the Netherlands is still an important country for footwear. A considerable number of successful shoe companies and wholesalers still take their own designs to market.

In order to fulfill the demand for shoe design talent, the ‘Industrial Footwear Design’ (IFD) course was developed in 2009. The aim of IFD is to be a course that is generally accessible and that integrates seamlessly into the business world.

What is particularly unique about the course is the link to the footwear industry. IFD is primarily aimed at candidates with a creative background, with a higher vocational level of education being required. Once you have completed the course, your position as a junior footwear designer will be a surefooted one, providing you with a versatile and creative grounding for a career in the footwear industry. 

Who are you? 
The course level is higher vocational or above and IFD is open to people with a creative background.

Teaching staff
Lessons are given by teachers with extensive and relevant experience in the industry. A variety of guest teachers are brought in from within the Netherlands and abroad to tackle specialist subjects.

The course comprises around 24 tuition days spread out over a year. Besides that, there is a possibility to attend several important shoe tradeshows. 

The course content is unique and cannot be acquired anywhere else in the Netherlands. During the weekly school days, all relevant subjects will be discussed and you will deal with: Industry expertise, supervision of production, making collections, footwear fashion expertise, how to make a collection, communication, footwear technology, presentation, drawing skills.

The course program also includes visits to companies and/or trade shows domestically and abroad. In addition to the lessons, the study load is at least 15 hours a week of theory and carrying out practical assignments.

Practical assignments
IFD offers talented people professionally-oriented education through realistic assignments from renowned footwear brands. The shoe designs are made for and judged by clients from these firms. Owing to this direct relationship with the industry, it is always possible that a manufacturer will invite the designer to develop several designs to include these in its collection. Each participant will leave the course with a professional portfolio of his/her own designs.

Academic costs (2024-2025)*
€ 5.595,-

Costs for teaching materials and trips within the Netherlands are included. The costs of the trip abroad (within Europe) is not included in this.

Mandatory attendance 
Industrial Footwear Design operates on the basis of 90% compulsory attendance.

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Click here to register for the course. 

It is important that, besides your application form, we receive your enrolment form, portfolio and CV with supplementary information. This is due to the intake interviews. You can send us the documents by mail to

*Subject to change

The 8th generation of Industrial Footwear Design will start the end of August/the beginning of September 2024.* 

*Subject to change and sufficient enrolment