70

years of excellence


About Arsutoria

Since 1947, Arsutoria has been offering its students highly specialized diplomas and training paths, providing them with the skills to express their talent in making and designing shoes and bags all over the world. Our students work for the best international fashion brands: Prada, Nike, Versace, Hermés, Birkenstock, Michael Kors, Puma, Adidas, Valentino and many others.

Arsutoria School is recognized today as the best school in the world for footwear and leather goods professionals. We firmly believe that a career in footwear and handbags must be based on a deep knowledge of the product: design techniques, design, materials, components and construction. Our courses are entrusted to the best experts, craftsmen and leaders of Made in Italy, chosen to seed and nurture the talent of our students.

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Shoe, One Year Diploma

  • 28 Weeks |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

The program offers a great balance between innovation and tradition as students will also learn the use of specific softwares for 2D and 3D modeling.

While acquiring technical skills, students will work in the sample room with Italian artisans and technicians to become familiar with stitching operations and making some upper prototypes made with microfiber.

Special focus will be given to sneakers being the driving force for both athletic and fashion brands. Particular attention will be given to pattern making, design and prototyping.

Arsutoria School strongly supports the acquisition of footwear product development and costing therefore dedicates an insightful part of the program to learn about the manufacturing processes

The program is intensive and students will be evaluated regularly on each aspect of the course in order to become self-conscious so to maximize their skills acquisition and also to understand which profession within the shoe industry suits them best.

Professional opportunities:

  • PATTERN MAKERS
  • SAMPLE MAKERS
  • SHOE DESIGNERS
  • SHOE 3D DESIGNER
  • SHOE PRODUCT DEVELOPERS
  • SHOE ENTREPRENEURS

Milan Campus

Next intake: January, September

Language:   Italian & English


Bag Semester Diploma

  • 28 Weeks |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

Master the basic rules for correct and functional pattern design, experimenting from ten constructions: 7/8 styles of these will be prototyped by students in the sample room.

A full immersion in marketing and branding activities to launch a competitive bag brand on the market.

This course will simulate a collection development process so students will develop a moodboard, complete sketches together with materials and colors, to finalize the class by presenting their collection. The collection developed may be the starting point to launch the individual’s brand or a development of the portfolio.

To complete the training and really deep dive into the accessory world, students will be followed through the production of 3 bags (patterns not developed during the initial Pattern Making and Prototyping module)

Milan Campus

Next intake: April, August

Language:   Italian & English


Accessories One-Year Diploma

  • 28 Weeks |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

After acquiring technical skills, students will work thoroughly with Italian artisans and technicians in our sample rooms producing prototypes in microfiber from sneakers to pumps and from sandals to laced-up and producing their bags such as Tote, Clutch, Backpack, Bucket or Boston Bag, Briefcase and will also work on Strip or Box construction, on top of their individual prototypes which will be entirely designed and developed by students.

With a strong understanding of the production process, students will also have the opportunity to explore their creativity and will approach design starting from hand sketching and will also learn 2D rendering.

Arsutoria School strongly supports the acquisition of footwear product development and costing, therefore, dedicates an insightful part of the program to learn about the manufacturing processes.

Professional opportunities:

  • PATTERN MAKERS
  • SAMPLE MAKERS
  • DESIGNERS
  • PRODUCT DEVELOPERS
  • ENTREPRENEURS

Milan Campus

Next intake: January

Language:   Italian & English


Sneaker Career Path

  • 8 Weeks |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

The Sneaker path includes all the classes within the sneaker domain. They can also be taken individually, however, in order to maximize the learning experience Arsutoria School advises to take the complete path. Please notice that by taking the full path, students gain a a significant tuition fee reduction.

Professional opportunities:

  • SNEAKER DESIGNER
  • SNEAKER PATTERN MAKER
  • SNEAKER PROTOTYPE MAKER
  • SNEAKER 3D DESIGNER

Milan Campus

Next intake: June, November

Language:   Italian & English


Shoe Design Career Path

  • 10 Weeks |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

The Design path includes various classes within the design domain. They can also be taken individually, however, in order to maximize the learning experience Arsutoria School advises to take the complete path. Please notice that by taking the full path, students gain a a significant tuition fee reduction.

Professional opportunities:

  • SHOE DESIGNER
  • SHOE 3D DIGITAL DESIGNER

Milan Campus

Next intake: March, April, May, October

Language:   Italian & English


Shoe Pattern Making Career Path

  • 17 Weeks |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

The Pattern Making path includes all the classes within the pattern making domain. They can also be taken individually, however, in order to maximize the learning experience Arsutoria School advises to take the complete path. Please notice that by taking the full path, students gain a a significant tuition fee reduction.

Professional opportunities:

  • SHOE PATTERN MAKER
  • SHOE PROTOTYPER
  • 2D CAD PATTERN MAKER

Milan Campus

Next intake: January, August

Language:   Italian & English


Intro To Shoe Pattern Making Career Path

  • 8 Weeks |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

The Shoe Intro to Pattern Making, Designing and Prototyping path includes introductory classes that Arsutoria School offers only once per year. They can also be taken individually, however, in order to maximize the learning experience we advise to take the complete path. Please notice that by taking the full path, students gain a significant tuition fee reduction.

Professional opportunities:

  • SHOE PATTERN MAKER
  • SHOE MAKER


Milan Campus

Next intake: May

Language:   Italian & English


Shoe Entepreneur Career Path

  • 7 Weeks |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

The Shoe Entrepreneur path includes classes on shoe manufacturing processes, shoe design, product development and costing and how to startup a shoe brand. They can also be taken individually, however, in order to maximize the learning experience Arsutoria School advises to take the complete path. Please notice that by taking the full path, students gain a significant tuition fee reduction.

Professional opportunities:

  • SHOE BRAND ENTERPRENEUR
  • SHOE DESIGNER


Milan Campus

Next intake: June, November

Language:   Italian & English


Shoe Pattern Making And Prototyping Course

  • 12 Weeks |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

You will learn the rules of theory and design of each style and its upper components, and you will become familiar with the technical language of shapes lasts, materials and components. The mission of the Arsutoria School and its teachers, who are its most vital and precious asset, is to help you to develop a technical and design culture of footwear, a wealth of knowledge and skills to allow you to face the production world with the excellent professional qualities for which the school is known and renowned throughout the world.

Content:

PATTERN MAKING, MATERIALS AND COMPONENTS, TECHNICAL DRAWING, FOOTWEAR CONSTRUCTIONS, PROTOTYPING

Milan Campus

Next intake: January, August

Language:   Italian & English


2D Cad For Shoe Pattern Making Course

  • 1 Week |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

Developed within Clarks’ CAD/CAM departments in the 70s in order to increase quality and productivity in the manufacturing processes of its factories, the Classic Shoemaster 2D CAD software is still today one of the best known and most used traditional software in footwear companies, because it guarantees the fundamental digital tools to create and develop technical footwear models quickly and in series.

The computerized visualization of the real model you have created and the technical documentation to support the model that the software itself produces, allows you to adopt a practical and effective method of designing the shoe, which does not replace your model by hand, but simplifies the reproduction of that same model and helps you in the inevitable corrections of the external and internal components of the upper.

Under the guidance of the Arsutoria School teachers, at the end of the Arsutoria School 2D CAD modeling course you will have understood how to use the 2D Classic Shoemaster software, which will allow you to design model shirts suitable for digitization, to obtain components of the shoe such as uppers, linings, reinforcements, templates, insoles, heel wraps, etc..etc …

You will learn theory and rules in the application of size development through the software and export the models to the cutting machines. If you attend the face-to-face course you will have the opportunity to experiment with the cutting of patterns and materials of the uppers.

Content:

  • DIGITAL UPPER MAKING
  • EXPORTING PIECES FOR MACHINE CUTTING
  • OBTAIN THE PIECES OF THE FOOTWEAR
  • PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATION OF THE RULES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SIZES

Milan Campus

Next intake: April

Language:   Italian & English


Bag Branding And Marketing Strategy Course

  • 1 Week |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

When you want an IT bag, an iconic bag, what do you really want and why do you want it?

It is not simply the bag product, its manufacture and its design, that captivate you. It is something more ineffable, subtle and bewitching, which makes you want that model and not others.

Here, this is the brand. The brand is the “dream maker” of the desire to buy. The brand generates a dream that you want to dream, because only with that bag will you be more “cool”, more elegant, more attractive in the eyes of the world. The brand tells you the dream of an aesthetic and lifestyle style, which you can achieve simply by purchasing its most desirable items, the bag of the moment, the one you have already seen and heard everything about before buying it.

But how does the brand generate this dream?

Content:

  • BRAND IDENTITY AND MARKETING
  • TREND ANALYSIS AND FORECASTING
  • MERCHANDISING PLAN AND VISUAL MERCHANDISING
  • COLLECTION DESIGN: RESEARCH, MOODBOARD AND DESIGN

Milan Campus

Next intake: July, November, December

Language:   Italian & English


Bag Design Course

  • 3 Weeks |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

If you have creative ideas to realize your bag collection project, but you do not know the design tools that are used to express them graphically, the Bag Design course of Arsutoria School will guide you to discover the expressive means of hand and digital drawing, to concretize your inspiration in a technically coherent and accomplished design project.

Content:

  • HAND SKETCHING
  • DIGITAL DESIGN

Milan Campus

Next intake: July, November, December

Language:   Italian & English


2D Cad For Bag Pattern Making Course

  • 1 Week |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

Thanks to this course you will have the opportunity to learn the use of the CLEOPATRA software, recently enhanced and adapted to support every design and production need of the leather goods industry.

You will be able to develop your patterns, engineering and digitizing many manual steps, obtaining the parts of the models, placing them and making them exportable for cutting machinery.

Content:

  • MAKING OF THE DIGITAL MODEL
  • OBTAINING THE BAG COMPONENTS
  • DIGITAL EXPORT OF THE PIECES FOR CUTTING

Milan Campus

Next intake: July, August, September

Language:   Italian & English


Bag Pattern Making And Prototyping Course

  • 12 Weeks |  Full-time

Arsutoria School with the Pattern Making and Prototyping of Bags course offers you a fundamental course for your training in the leather art of bags. An intense and highly qualifying path, which will allow you to know and deepen the manufacturing techniques of the model and to face the fundamentals of bag prototyping.

Content:

  • MODELS
  • MATERIALS, COMPONENTS, ACCESSORIES
  • FINISHING
  • PROTOTYPING

Milan Campus

Next intake: April, August

Language:   Italian & English


Introduction To Shoe Design Course

  • 2 Weeks |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

During this course, you will have the opportunity to learn and deepen your knowledge of: MANUAL SKETCHING, RENDERING WITH MARKERS

Milan Campus

Next intake: May

Language:   Italian & English


Startup Your Shoe Brand Course

  • 4 Days |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

By the end of the intensive Startup your own shoe brand course students will have acquired a solid understanding on strategic aspects to develop the most efficient shoe line, how to relate with the world of product therefore how to chose and itneract with a factory and will also have learned about main tradefairs show therfore materials and how to choose and work with a supplier.

Content:

  • HOW TO SELECT A FACTORY (AND BE SELECTED)
  • DESIGN STRATEGIES
  • MATERIALS SOURCING

Milan Campus

Next intake: May, July, December

Language:   Italian & English


Shoe Product Development And Costing Course

  • 1 Week |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

Each collection project requires a careful evaluation of aspects that have nothing to do with creativity, style and design, as we commonly understand it. Apparently.

Because Design is first and foremost a product project and a project that works and can evolve profitably over time, requires a deep knowledge of all the aspects that allow the creative idea you had, the collection you thought and designed, to become reality: first prototype, then samples and finally a fully realized, produced, sold collection. The crowning glory of your project.

Product development is planning a strategy that brings your collection project to life and success: it is analysis, calculation, selection and, yes, often also renunciation: materials, components, planning the right product mix and cost evaluation of every single segment must be carefully planned and implemented.

At the end of the Arsutoria School intensive course in Product Development & Costing you will have acquired knowledge on the development process of the collection, its steps, its needs, its criticalities and its costs. Through case studies of companies in the footwear manufacturing world, you will understand the development times and the flexibility required in the product choices and in the most economically adequate solutions, so that your collection has a chance of success.

Content:

  • MATERIALS AND CONSUMPTION

Milan Campus

Next intake: January, May, June, November

Language:   Italian & English


Sneaker Design Course

  • 2 Weeks |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

The sneaker is the iconic shoe of the millennium: global, intergenerational, genderless, it knows no barriers of age, sex, environment or social status. With a pop-culture soul accessible to everyone, it can be worn in formal and informal situations and comes in multiple styles, shapes and versions: evergreen, fashion, high-performance. It is the quintessential go-to shoe.

“Learning by doing” has always been the distinguishing feature of the school’s teaching methodology. The Sneaker Design course has now been reorganised into an optimal mix of online and classroom teaching practices, and has been designed to be used in both ways with the same effective teaching and learning quality.

Teachers will always be present, even for those who attend the course remotely: they will hold video-recorded lessons and webinars, they will assign exercises and a sneaker concept to be developed, correcting and assigning the results and project through revisions and moments of exchange between student and teacher.

At the end of the two-week course, you will be able to develop a sneaker project in its entirety:

  • you will learn how to represent your sneaker ideas through illustrations by hand on paper and on a last 
  • you will develop your concept by creating an original story and will present your completed project at the end of the course

Content:

  • STORYTELLING AND CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT
  • SOLE DESIGN
  • DRAWING ON LAST AND MANUAL RENDERING

Milan Campus

Next intake: January, May, July

Language:   Italian & English


Shoe 3D Design Course

  • 4 Weeks |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

3D design represents the link between the creative soul and the technical soul of shoe design.

Born in the late 1950s to support automotive design, through increasingly advanced software, it has evolved over time to become a fundamental tool in the design interaction between designers and technicians.  To be able to communicate and visualize a shoe project in a more realistic and complete way and therefore enhance its effectiveness and precision in the technical and style details, you need tools that speak a common virtual and visual language.

This language can be shared by the pattern maker and the designer and which is at the same time highly technical and stylistically realistic in the representation of the project. At the end of the Arsutoria School 3D Design course you will have learned to work with new modern, reliable and, above all, widely used tools in the footwear sector.

You will learn to represent your shoe ideas starting from the shape, through the outsole and arriving at the final renderings, collaborating and exchanging digital files for the technical development of the product from the upper and sole components, which will make the dialogue between everyone easier: designers, technicians and product developers

Content:

  • 3D DESIGN WITH ICAD3D+
  • 3D DESIGN WITH RHINOCEROS

Milan Campus

Next intake: January, March, May, October

Language:   Italian & English


Shoe Branding And Marketing Strategy Course

  • 1 Week |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

Craft "the dream"

When you want a pair of shoes, what do you actually want and why do you want it?

It is not simply the shoe product, its manufacture and its design, that captivate you. It is something more ineffable, subtle and bewitching that makes you want those shoes and not others.

Here, this is the brand. The brand is the “dream maker” of the desire to buy. The brand generates a dream that you want to dream, because only with those shoes you will be more “cool”, more elegant, more attractive in the eyes of the world. The brand tells you the dream of an aesthetic and lifestyle style, which you can achieve simply by buying its most desirable items, the shoes of the moment, the ones you have already seen and heard everything about before buying them.

Content:

  • BRAND IDENTITY AND MARKETING
  • TRENDS ANALYSIS AND FORECASTING
  • MERCHANDISING PLAN AND VISUAL MERCHANDISING
  • COLLECTION DESIGN: MOODBOARD AND DESIGN

Milan Campus

Next intake: February, June, November

Language:   Italian & English


Shoe Design Course

  • 3 Weeks |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

Design is a fetish word of our era. A word that we often quote and, especially in fashion, we often overlap with the concept of style.

But style is the result of a creative idea transformed into a project, transformed into a design.

And the design is the main technical skill for expressing and bringing to life a creative idea. The designer is an artist. Creativity and specific technical skills allow him/her to put his/her ideas at the service of a project.

Content:

  • HAND DRAWING / SKETCHING
  • DIGITAL DESIGN WITH ADOBE® PHOTOSHOP AND ILLUSTRATOR

Milan Campus

Next intake: March, April, July, November

Language:   Italian & English


How Shoes Are Made Course

  • 1 Week |  Online: remote video lessons

The course will entirely be held online through webinars and pre-recorded classes. Instructors will explain through slides and videos everything that happens from the moment the design is transformed into a product.


At the end of the course you will have acquired technical vocabulary and basic knowledge on footwear construction and development processes of the main footwear styles for women and men, plus the big family of sneakers shoes. This fundamental preliminary knowledge will allow you to improve communication and collaboration with the technical-production sectors within footwear companies.

Course topics are developed around the 3 footwear macro families and analyze A through Z components, materials, construction and development processes:

Content: 

  • FUNDAMENTALS OF SHOEMAKING
  • Elegant Women Shoes
  • Décolletées – Ballerinas – Sandals – Boots
  • Formal Men Shoes
  • Laced up – Mocassins
  • Sneakers Shoes
  • Fashion – Athletics 

Milan Campus

Next intake: May, June, November

Language:   Italian & English


Introduction To Shoemaking Course

  • 2 Weeks |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

Your crash course in shoemaking

“Learning by doing”, learning by doing, has always been the distinctive feature of the Arsutoria School teaching methodology.

Now reorganized in a way that guarantees safety for students, technicians and teachers.

The course is aimed at the production of men’s and women’s footwear. The student will have the opportunity to meet the best master shoemakers, get valuable tips and learn all the secrets of producing a décolleté and a derby.

Students will have access to two footwear workshops where they can experiment with the construction techniques learned.

During the Introduction to Shoe Making course you will learn to:

  • make a pair of men’s shoes (derby) and one women’s shoes (décolleté).
  • recognize and perform the operations of sewing the upper, assembling the upper and lining on the last, gluing the bottom, preparing the heel and sole up to the finishing of the shoe.
  • recognize and use the machinery commonly used in the footwear industry.
  • manually perform the craft activities that distinguish the quality of Made in Italy.

Content:

  • MATERIALS AND COMPONENTS
  • SEWING
  • LASTING
  • GLUEING
  • FINISHING

Milan Campus

Next intake: June

Language:   Italian & English


Introduction To Shoe Pattern Making Course

  • 2 Weeks |  Full-time | Online: remote video lessons available

“Learning by doing”, learning by doing, has always been the distinctive feature of the Arsutoria School teaching methodology. Today reorganized in a mixed mode, online and face to face, the teaching of the Introduction to Footwear Pattern Making Course has been designed to be enjoyed in both solutions with the same qualitative effectiveness of teaching and learning. Teachers will always be present even for those who attend the course remotely: they will hold videotaped lectures and reviews in webinar mode, assign exercises, assessing students’ progress from time to time, correcting and implementing the results in moments of sharing between students and teachers .

Content:

  • MATERIALS AND COMPONENTS
  • UPPERS
  • PATTERNS
  • PRODUCTION ENVELOPE

Milan Campus

Next intake: November

Language:   Italian & English



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