Program Info

The accelerated PNCA | PENSOLE design program readies students for a career in the product design industry.

This 15-credit, 12-week intensive is offered through PNCA in partnership with PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy. Students are accepted in one of the following tracks: Color & Material Design, Footwear Design, or Functional Apparel & Accessory Design.

While our focus lies within the footwear design industry, PENSOLE’s ‘learn by doing’ curriculum teaches students the entire design process: inspiration, concept-development, problem solving, color strategy, materials, prototyping, marketing, business, networking, branding, and professional development. 

The program runs from September 24 - December 14, 2018.

Students in this 12-week program participate in 12 hours of lecture and 12 hours of lab (collaboration/workshop) with the expectation of 16 hours of work time outside of class for a total of 40 hours per week.


Program Life

Partnerships with MLab and the Functional Apparel & Accessories Studio (FAAS) round out the PENSOLE experience


The MLab is the creative material resource for PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy. This creative business model drives education and innovation through design resources and partnerships with vendors. Our platform promotes an inspirational environment of comprehensive Color & Material Design education.


Functional Apparel & Accessories Studio provides instruction through the processes of research, design, and development specifically for performance apparel and accessories.

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $10,479

Fees: $300

Housing: estimated $3,000 - $5,000

This cost is the same for US and International students. Students who come to us from other institutions may speak with their current financial aid departments to understand if/how they can apply their current financial aid toward this program.


Students are responsible for finding and securing housing for the duration of the intensive. We have secured special PENSOLE rates for University Point Apartments: mention PENSOLE/PNCA when asking them about pricing.

Application Requirements

How to Apply

Ready to apply? You'll apply through Slideroom, but first here are the materials you will need to apply for one of the three available tracks: 

  • Color and Material
  • Footwear
  • Functional Apparel and Accessories

(You'll choose one of the three tracks when you apply.)

Color and Material 

Submit an original mood board (one page). Your board visually communicates a mood through choice of colors and composition. Your board demonstrates as well that you can follow instructions and guidelines.

Your board must have the following:

  • Composition. Contact information must be on the bottom left corner of board; first and last name, email, academic status. Accepted size - 8.5" x 11". Accepted formatting - PDF or 300 dpi .jpg.
  • Material. Your board communicates unique and innovative material choices from various industries. You express tactility and utilize descriptions of materials used.
  • Originality. Showcase your board through creative storytelling and inspiration. Show you are able to present a relevant and original point of view. Example: http://suzette-henry.squarespa.


Submit one hand-sketch of an original design in black and white or color. No computer sketching. Multiple views optional.


Functional Apparel and Accessories

  • One head-to-toe outfit (male or female) in black/white or color by hand or digital from any vantage point that includes callouts of the design features and notes how the design features enhance or protect the athlete or consumer.
  • Contact info
  • 8.5 x 11 inches layout
  • Example: FAAS-sketch-requirements.pdf

Presentation content:

  • Inspiration
  • Concept sketches
  • Final apparel or accessories design


More about PENSOLE

PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy was founded 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.

As a celebrated member of the global footwear community for the last 28 years, Edwards 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.

PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy is the only school in the United States dedicated to footwear design education from a holistic creative perspective. Since it’s founding in 2010, more than 250 Academy graduates have been placed professionally with footwear companies worldwide, in the following positions: brand/marketing, color and material design, footwear design, graphic design and technical design;as well as starting their own consulting or footwear brands.

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We accept applications through SlideRoom, where you'll be able to upload the above materials and fill out our application form. 

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