Postgraduate Certificate Footwear: Production and Manufacture

If you have studied a fashion or design degree and want to progress to an MA in Fashion Footwear, or branch out into footwear design, this is the course you need.

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Course Leader

Eelko Moorer

Course Location

Golden Lane

Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length15 weeks
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International Fee


Summer Term Dates04 April 2016 – 15 July 2016
Application Route

Direct to College

Application DeadlineApplications are accepted, and offers made, throughout the year. Early application is advised.

Content and structure

The Postgraduate Certificate Footwear Production and Manufacture is a new course designed to enable design and fashion graduates to gain the appropriate technical and specialist skills to be able to convert to this specialism. Students will learn the fundamental design and construction skills that are necessary to study footwear at MA level. Using both traditional and contemporary techniques, students will engage in the design and technical development of footwear. The use of CAD and rapid prototyping will be covered, as will production and manufacturing techniques and research methods. Students will also develop the personal, analytical and critical skills that will allow them to progress to the MA Fashion Footwear course. This course is also suitable for individuals who wish to change career and learn the basics of footwear design, production and manufacture.

The Postgraduate Certificate Footwear Production and Manufacture is based at Golden Lane, on the edge of the City of London and very near to the Barbican Arts Centre, with its exhibition gallery, concert hall, theatre, cinema and cafes and restaurants. Clerkenwell, Hoxton and Smithfield, with their interesting mixes of shops, creative businesses, galleries, cafes, bars and clubs, are within walking distance, as is the Museum of London. The Barbican Estate is an excellent example of post-war urban architecture, and the nearby Whitecross Street has a very good lunchtime food market during the week, where you can select hot or cold food from a wide range of different cuisines. 

Course Structure

Weeks 1-10            level 7                        40 credits

Unit One: Design and Technical Processes (20 credits)

Unit Two: Production and Manufacturing Techniques (20 credits)


Weeks 11-15            level 7                        20 credits

Unit Three: Independent Research Project (20 credits)

Travelling across London

The renowned London College of Fashion library is at our John Prince’s Street site, and you will need to travel to this site, and possibly others, during your course to use the library, which is open seven days a week in term time, and for tuition and special events.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. We strongly suggest you read the information on our Additional Costs page.

Course structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.


Future Careers and Graduate Prospects

Graduates from this course will be able to apply to suitable MA courses, such as the MA Fashion Footwear at LCF or other MA courses in this discipline.

Alternatively, graduates will be in a position to enter industry at assistant designer level, with enhanced communication, interpersonal and problem solving skills from studying on the course.

LCF Careers

LCF Careers provides a comprehensive career management service supporting our students to become informed and self-reliant individuals able to plan and manage their own careers.

Entry requirements

Opportunities for All

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. We are committed to supporting all our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

Course entry requirements

  • a good Honours degree (2.1 or above) (or equivalent) in fashion design, design/clothing technology or textiles/footwear or accessories, product design/architecture or industrial design engineering or other fashion related area


  • equivalent qualifications


  • relevant and quantitative industrial experience for a minimum of three years

Exceptionally, applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one skill.

Please visit the UAL Language Requirements page. Read carefully and look at the relevant documents.                          

Student selection criteria

What we look for

The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • a strong commitment and motivation towards a career in an aspect of the fashion industry
  • awareness and relevant experience of fashion
  • appropriate knowledge of design and interpretation, creativity and communication skills
  • evidence of a good understanding of 3D principles in a portfolio of relevant work

Portfolio and interview advice

Selection for interview will be made on the basis of your application, including the personal statement, the reference, and a CD showing examples of your design work. If you are selected for interview you will be asked to bring a portfolio of previous work, including research and developmental work.

How to apply

You can apply for this course using our online application form – the link to this is below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:  

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • Referee details (this course requires two references, one of which should be academic).

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will need to contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

Extra information required for applications to this course:

Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes links to where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

Personal statement

The personal statement (750 – 1,000 words) is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your suitability for the course that you intend to study.

Some key points to consider:

  • Make sure that personal statement is your own work and is about you
  • Why you want to study the course you are applying to
  • Try to link your skills and experience required to the course
  • Demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the course and link these with your personality
  • Make sure it is organised and literate (grammar, spelling, punctuation check).


This course is designed to enable students with a design background who do not have technical footwear skills to develop these in anticipation of progressing on to MA level study.

You will be required to submit a digital portfolio that shows evidence of your creative ability - this can be in any art or design discipline, for example, architecture, sculpture, product, graphic or fashion design. Please ensure that you are labelling and presenting any visual work with care, including dates and captions. Evidence of technical ability and understanding of materials would also be helpful in the form of photographs of products or specifications or technical drawings.

The portfolio should contain a maximum of 20 images and a link to your CV (maximum 2 sides of A4).

Please note, you can submit text and as many website links as you need to, but the portfolio form does not allow you to upload files.

At interview, applicants will be expected to demonstrate a general awareness of design and contemporary culture, articulate why they are interested in pursuing footwear, how they consider they might make a contribution to the discipline, and how they would set about exploring possibilities through footwear. You may bring additional relevant portfolio work to interview.

Applications for 2017 will open shortly.

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