The PNCA/PENSOLE Design Intensive is an accelerated program designed to ready you for a career in the footwear industry. The 15-credit, one semester Intensive is offered through PNCA in partnership with PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy, the only school in the United States dedicated to footwear design.

Priority and International Application Deadline August 14
For priority consideration and for international students (due to timing with logistics)

September 3 deadline for overflow consideration for domestic students only

Apply now for Fall 2017

Applicants will choose from one of three areas of focus:

  • Footwear
  • Apparel and Accessories
  • Color & Material Design

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.


  1. Read Application Requirements here
  2. Sign up for an account on
    (you must be 18+)
  3. Click Classes to find PNCA/PENSOLE DESIGN INTENSIVE
  4. Submit your Application
    (chose one: Footwear, Apparel and Accessories, and Color and Material Design)

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Apply Contact Pensole

You will be asked to log in to PENSOLE's site to be able to apply. Simply register for a free account.


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.