Diploma in
Footwear Design

Jointly developed in Italy and Singapore

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About the Programme

TaF.tc's Diploma in Footwear Design and Product Development is the first of its kind in Singapore. Its 15 modules will give you a comprehensive overview of shoe design, pattern making, construction, sales & marketing insights, costing and quality control. TaF.tc and Arsutoria - a world-renowned Italian Footwear institution, which has trained LVMH, Nike, Nine West, and Aldo - have jointly developed this programme and will jointly teach as well. There is an undeniable need for knowledgeable & skilful shoe experts in the industry and this Diploma is specially curated to prepare you for success.

This programme is for you if ...
... you're a budding entrepreneur looking to break into the footwear scene
... you're a fresh graduate with dreams of having your own footwear label
... you're a mid-career switcher looking to join the Fashion industry
... you're already in the footwear scene but looking to upgrade your skills

The TaF.tc Difference

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Practical Industry Knowledge

Our trainers are practitioners in the fashion industry today - so if they're teaching it, they've experienced it too. Everything you learn at TaF.tc can be applied to your professional life in fashion and will be taught through interactive workshops, whether online or in TaF.tc's Footwear and Bags Lab.
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Global Network of Entrepreneurs and Experts

As the industry becomes more interconnected, so does our network. Our partners, contacts, and advisors are as close to home as Thailand or Japan and as far as Italy or the UK. Tap into a professional community built over decades of industry immersion.
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Post-Graduate Career Support

We are committed to preparing you for success in the industry. Our career support connects you to jobs available on the market, opportunities for further studies, and resources to help you start your own brand. Whether you've just started your programme or just graduated, we're here for you.

Your Curriculum

In 15 modules covering 5 broad themes, you'll get a 360 view of the footwear industry.
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Fundamentals of Footwear

These short, half-day courses are a must for shoe enthusiasts that want to learn the essentials of shoemaking: great materials, great technique, and great fit.

Courses include:
  • Leather and Materials for Footwear
  • Footwear Components and Construction
  • Quality and Fit Evaluation for Footwear
  • Sneaker Fundamentals
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Footwear Design and Sketching

Learn how to design your own footwear digitally and on paper with our pattern making, sketching, and digital design courses. Discover new softwares like Adobe Illustrator to design your shoes!

Courses include:
  • Footwear Pattern-making (Basic & Intermediate)
  • Digital Footwear Design
  • Footwear Design Sketching
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Footwear Business Essentials

Whether you’re creating your own footwear brand or working at a footwear company, knowing how to plan a costing and buying strategy like the back of your hand will help you go far in the industry.

Courses include:
  • Technical Specifications and Costing
  • Brand Management and Buying Strategy
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On-Campus
Shoe-Making Workshops

Master the art of shoemaking with our signature hands-on courses. Learn to create your very own women's shoes, sneakers, and derby shoes with the use of our industry standard equipment at our footwear lab*.

Courses include:
  • Ladies' Sandals
  • Ladies' Pumps
  • Men's Derby
  • Sneakers
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Footwear Capstone Project

Having completed the previous 14 modules, you will be put to the test of creating your own footwear collection in this final capstone project. From the creation of mood boards to the final technical package, create your final footwear collection which you can add to your portfolio and use to apply for jobs after graduation!

Courses include:
  • Footwear Design Collection
*All on-campus courses will be taught in accordance to the highest standards of safety and social distancing throughout class hours.

Your Trainers

From Louboutin to Manolo Blahnik, Nike to Adidas - your trainers have been there, done that, and seen it all. Uncover the industry's secrets under the tutelage its leaders.
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Sergio Franco Aniorte

CEO at Sample Room & Teacher at Arsutoria School
Having been exposed to the Footwear industry through his family’s business in Spain and completing his studies at Arsutoria, Sergio has years of experience in the industry from working as a pattern maker for Manolo Blahnik, a product manager at H.H. Brown, and as a teacher at his alma mater. Sergio also founded Sample Room in 2014 where he offers services from design inception to production and continues to work with brands in Europe, South America, and Asia.
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Richard Siccardi

CEO at Arise.S & Teacher at Arsutoria School
Always in love with shoes, Richard Siccardi started as a pattern maker in an Italian factory that was producing luxury ladies footwear. He then became a teacher at Arsutoria and specialized in providing skills to the next generation of shoe designers. He also started his own company Arise.S to help start-ups and established brands in the shoe business.
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Vrinda Gupta

Founder of TEAL, Designer & Consultant
Vrinda has been in the footwear industry for over 12 years now with experience in retail, buying, brand creation, and consulting for upcoming footwear brands. Her label TEAL is a one stop shop for handcrafted, exquisite shoes and includes services like designing, prototype making, brand management, and consulting.

Your Alumni Network

We are proud to see our alumni flourish in the fashion industry, whether they are hired by the likes of ALDO and Melissa or carving their own path as brand owners.
Click the alumni portraits to discover their brands!
“The course is very comprehensive. There are so many different modules from identifying leather to pattern making. Going through the diploma was very good, in the sense that it gave me exposure to the entire process of making shoes. And through it, I discovered my own strengths and weaknesses - what I like to do and what are my challenges.”

Clara Han

Founder of Oleah
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“I wanted to create my own shoes to solve a problem for myself and other women like myself. The best thing was the fact that it was condensed - it was only going to be about 13 weeks, so I could do it very easily. I love the staff: they've been really helpful, really encouraging, really supportive, and they really do take your viewpoints on board. I now have some real knowledge of what goes into making shoes.”

Shola Asante

Co-Founder of Sante + Wade
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Visit Us

There's no better way to experience TaF.tc than to come by and say hello! Meet with our programme advisors for group tours or one-on-one consultations. Take a peek at TaF.tc's very own Footwear & Bags Lab, available to you to build your own prototypes even after graduating from the programme.
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Financing Your Studies

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Nett Fee Payable

S$ 7,151.32

including 7% GST,
after 70% SSG funding
Application Fee
$192.60
including 7% GST

Funding Support

✅ SkillsFuture Credits of up to $1,000
✅Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) funding of up to $500
Contact our programme advisors about installment options!

Nett Fee Payable

S$ 2,824.32

including 7% GST,
after 70% SSG and 20% SFMCES funding
Application Fee
$192.60
including 7% GST

Funding Support

✅ SkillsFuture Credits of up to $1,500
✅Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) funding of up to $500
Contact our programme advisors about installment options!

Nett Fee Payable

S$ 7,151.32

including 7% GST,
after 70% SSG funding
Application Fee
$192.60
including 7% GST

Funding Support

Contact our programme advisors about installment options!

Nett Fee Payable

S$ 25,214.55

including 7% GST
Application Fee
$695.50
including 7% GST

Funding Support

Contact our programme advisors about installment options!

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Admissions Requirements

Before you apply, click here to check admissions requirements and ensure that you're prepared for our Diploma!

Singapore/PR Students:
Aged 16 years and above
Possess at least 3 GCE 'O' Level credits with a minimum of C6 incl. English and Mathematics
OR ES WSQ Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WPLN) Level 5 and above
OR WSQ Advanced Certificate in Fashion Technology
OR TaF.tc's Advanced Certificate

International Students:
Aged 16 years and above
High School Diploma equivalent to GCE ‘O’ Levels with minimum grade C6 for 3 subjects, incl. English and Mathematics
IELTS score 5.5 or TOEFL score 600

ALL Students are required to have basic computing skills - i.e. able to turn on the laptop, use the mouse, drag and drop files, use online search engines for research; and be a competent user of Microsoft Office.

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Contact Us

Curious about the Diploma? Want to try a few courses? Looking to talk to someone before you make a choice? Our programme advisors are here to get you started.

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FAQs

Do I need any background knowledge about the Fashion Industry?

Not at all! You can enrol for our Diploma programme without any prior experience, as long as you have a passion for fashion!

Where will the Diploma be held?

The Diploma will be done both online via Zoom, and offline at our Thye Hong Campus (near Redhill MRT).

How much is the full Diploma programme?

The cost of the Footwear Diploma is S$7,151.32 for Singaporeans and PRs, and S$2,824.32 for Singaporeans above 40 years old.

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Will TaF.tc support me with my Fashion career after graduating?

Yes we will! Whether it's through promoting your brand on our alumni portal THE LABEL SG, or providing mentorships and consultations to further your studies, we’ve got your back! Talk to us to find out more!

Will I get a certificate upon completion?

Most definitely! Upon completion of your Diploma programme, you will be awarded a hardcopy WSQ Diploma certificate from us, and you can also access the softcopy via your MySkillsFuture portal!

Is TaF.tc's Diploma recognised?

As an Edutrust and Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) certified training centre, with 11 top fashion schools recognising our Diplomas for accreditation programmes like Paris College Of Art and Atelier Chardon Savard, TaF.tc continues to stay in line with leading national and international fashion industry standards.

How are the courses conducted and assessed?

The courses are conducted in the form of lectures, discussions, demonstrations, case studies, practical exercises, and hands-on activities. You will then be assessed on the work you have done with a final evaluation at the end of every course.

What will the Diploma cover?

The Footwear Diploma will be split into 5 main categories which will cover the fundamentals of footwear, design & sketching, business modules, shoemaking, and a final capstone project to wrap up everything you’ve learnt in the Diploma.
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Are there any pre-requisites?

You can join our Diploma programme if you’re aged 16 years and above and have either: at least 3 GCE 'O' Level credits with a minimum of C6 including English and Mathematics, or ES WSQ Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WPLN) Level 5 and above, or an Advanced Certificate from TaF.tc.
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