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Footwear and Accessories BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    W232

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years full time (with foundation)
    4 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

Overview


This course has been temporarily suspended for this year, but we welcome applications for September 2021.

Study in a town steeped in footwear and leather heritage as well as being home to some of the world’s elite footwear brands.

On this specialist course you’ll acquire the creative skills & technical knowledge needed for a career in Footwear and Accessory design. We encourage you to be creative, experimental & innovative; to give you the opportunity to enjoy your craft & refine your skills. With the help of a team of industry professionals, when you graduate, your work will be underpinned by technical excellence.

“Northampton is the heart of footwear”

Katie Greenyer, Creative talent and Network Director at Pentland Brands & World President of The Textile Institute

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

Updated 10/08/2020

Highlights


  • The only degree course in Europe where you can study both Footwear and Accessories with a working tannery on-site.
  • Trips to European trade fairs such as Lineapelle and Le Cuir, and the opportunity to study for two weeks at an Italian design school.
  • Live industry projects, prestigious national competitions and the opportunity to showcase your work on the catwalk.
  • Strong links with Northampton Museum & Art Gallery – home to the National Collection of Footwear
  • Funding & Scholarship opportunities offered by The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers
  • Links with the local footwear industry and international brands
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

Course Content


  • Utilising dedicated specialist workshops, you will study all the practical craft skills needed to produce footwear & accessories along with the creative design skills for portfolio production. Our Contextual Studies modules will broaden your understanding of fashion & design & underpin your personal design development.

    Modules in Creative Leather Application with access to a tannery at the onsite Institute for Creative Leather Technologies makes this course the only one in Europe where students can experience the industry from ‘Hide to High Street’ creating highly employable graduates. You will also benefit from our connections with industry and live projects. Northampton is synonymous with footwear and is home to internationally renowned brands. Studying with us will give you the unique opportunity to make the most of this heritage.

    Our ‘live’ projects are set by industry partners such as luxury leather goods manufacturers Tustings & heritage footwear brand Cheaneys. We offer 1st year students who successfully complete their live project the opportunity to study, all expenses paid, at a footwear academy in Italy for two weeks. We also expect students to enter external competitions such as the Cordwainers Student of the Year & the Drapers Footwear Awards; and produce a catwalk collection.

    Student success

    Many of our students are given the opportunity to submit their designs into internationally-recognised awards.

    Final year Footwear & Accessories undergraduate, Monica Bateman, received a commendation for her work at the Cordwainer Footwear Student of the Year awards. The awards were set up in 2014 by the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers to celebrate the very best upcoming shoe designers in the UK.

    Monica Bateman - Footwear

    Monica, from Milton Keynes, was commended for a pair of boots she designed and made that were influenced by the plight of refugees and displaced people. Read Monica’s story here.

    We encourage and support students in obtaining internships which frequently lead to employment. Nicholas Fowler-Ekar spent four months working for Swedish sports company Arigato . He has now been offered a full-time position. You can read more about Nick’s story on our News pages.

    Closer to home graduates Heather Jenkinson and Tiffany Ruff landed there dream jobs with Doc Martens & M&S. Read more about Heather and Tiffany on our News pages or take a look at our Student Stories pages.

     

    • Module code: FSH1107
      Status: Compulsory
      This module will investigate the nature of design in relation to a range of contexts. It aims to stimulate and promote an ethos of exploratory and questioning attitudes through problem solving allowing the student to develop visual research and contextual aspects as a means of communicating a design research concept.
    • Module code: FSH1109
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the basic technical processess for footwear & accessories and basic reasearch techniques.
    • Module code: FSH1118
      Status: Compulsory
    • Module code: LEA1012
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to introduce footwear and accessories students to the concept of leather as a material. Through theory and practical sessions students will gain an understanding of the raw material types suitability for end use and customer requirements which are crucial in ensuring final leather products are fit for purpose.
  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Study Framework: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    Additional costs
    During the course you may take advantage of optional study trips. We try to keep the costs for study visits competitive with a combination of off-peak travel, group travel and subsidy. UK study trips typically cost £20 which would cover travel and entry to exhibition, European study trips would typically cost in the region of £400, with international trips costing in the region of £950.

    We provide basic materials and tools, however you will be expected to compile your own tool kit (costing around £50) and purchase your own pattern card and sketchpads. These can be bought at a discounted price in our University art shop. We also encourage you to source trims and leather that can be used in your project work. The cost of leather and fabric will vary, however a budget of around £50 for the first year, £125 for the second year and between £150-£300 for final major collection would be realistic.

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Study Framework: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    International

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,900
    Foundation Study Framework: £12,900 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    Additional costs
    During the course you may take advantage of optional study trips. We try to keep the costs for study visits competitive with a combination of off-peak travel, group travel and subsidy. UK study trips typically cost £20 which would cover travel and entry to exhibition, European study trips would typically cost in the region of £400, with international trips costing in the region of £950.

    We provide basic materials and tools, however you will be expected to compile your own tool kit (costing around £50) and purchase your own pattern card and sketchpads. These can be bought at a discounted price in our University art shop. We also encourage you to source trims and leather that can be used in your project work. The cost of leather and fabric will vary, however a budget of around £50 for the first year, £125 for the second year and between £150-£250 for final major collection would be realistic.

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,000
    Foundation Study Framework: £9,400 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

  • We want our students to see themselves as global citizens and embed opportunities to broaden their horizons.

    In previous years our students have had the opportunity to visit fashion capitals of the world such as Milan, Tokyo and New York.

    British Council supported trips have funded opportunities for students to visit India, China and Turkey for specific projects often working in collaboration with international students.

    Exhibitions showcasing students work have taken place at The Indian International Leather Fair in Chennai, India and Asian Pacific Leather Fair in Hong Kong.

    Erasmus opportunities are also available for European trips. The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers supports student travel to international trade fairs such as Le Cuir in Paris, Micam and Lineapelle in Italy. Past students have also had the opportunity to study during the summer in Italy at the Institution Modartech

    All the study trips are optional and the costs vary each year. Typically, it is approximately £800 for New York, and £400 for European trips (Milan, Amsterdam, Sweden).

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