Applicants will choose from one of three areas of focus:
In groups of three, teams will develop a collection for a top footwear brand. Along the way teams will not only be mentored by instructors in the program, they will also be offered guidance representatives from these brands. The program culminates as teams present their collections to reps from the brands.
Open to applicants of various educational backgrounds. Thirty students will be admitted.
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PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy was founded in 2010 by D’Wayne Edwards, who, at 30, was one of the youngest Design Directors in Nike’s history and is one of only a handful of designers who has designed an AIR JORDAN. Since its founding, more than 200 Academy graduates have been placed professionally with footwear companies worldwide.
PENSOLE’s “learn by doing” curriculum teaches students the entire footwear design process: inspiration, concept-development, design process, problem solving, materials, business, networking, marketing, and branding. PENSOLE’s faculty includes both young professional designers and established footwear design leaders from the top footwear brands.
D’Wayne Edwards, a celebrated member of the global footwear community for the last 28 years, founded PENSOLE to give talented young design students—regardless of socioeconomic background—an opportunity to learn from the industry’s best, without financial barriers, and to provide the industry with a farm system for the next generation of footwear designers.