Footwear and Accessories BA (Hons)

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
3 Years
Location
Waterside
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 09/11/2018

On this specialist Footwear and Accessories undergraduate course, you’ll acquire the creative skills and technical knowledge you need for a career in footwear and accessory design, and the production associated with the broad area of fashion. We encourage you to be creative, experimental and innovative, and give you the opportunity to enjoy your craft and refine your skills.

When you graduate, your work will be underpinned by technical excellence. You will benefit from our connections with industry and live projects, which are part of academic study. Northampton is synonymous with footwear, having a long and prosperous heritage of shoemaking in the region, as well as being home to some of the most elite, internationally renowned footwear brands. Studying with us will give you the unique opportunity to make the most of this heritage.

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.

Course

Highlights

  • Study in Northampton, the heart of shoemaking heritage
  • International study trips, typically to one of the fashion capitals of the world
  • Links to industry, including Dr. Martens, Mulberry, Church's and others
  • Guaranteed paid internship*

HP Laptop and software included with this course.

Additional

Information

Opportunities Abroad

In previous years our students have had the opportunity to visit fashion capitals of the world such as Milan, Tokyo and New York. Visits to specialist trade fairs such as Linneapelle and Micam are also arranged. Students have also had the opportunity to study during the summer in Italy at the Instution Modartech. European trips will cost in the region of £400.

Course Details

BA Footwear and Accessories offers you a blend of design, aesthetic and technical appreciation. We encourage you to develop your knowledge of leather and its design capabilities for fashion footwear and accessories, using computer aided design (CAD) facilities.

This undergraduate course has dedicated workshops for the production of two and three dimensional work, and the course also develops professional and entrepreneurial skills for application within the creative industries.

Read more…

The Northampton Employment Promise.

*We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

Open Days

Discover your Course

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Student Story

Loren Buckingham

During her studies with us, Loren was shortlisted and won a number of high profile industry awards:

  1. The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers Scholarship Awards in “Innovation”, “Most Improved” and “Best Collection”.
  2.  a £2500 scholarship to support her final major project.
  3. one of only five UK students chosen for the final of the Drapers’ Student Footwear Designer of the Year competition
  4. the Fashanne Awards Footwear and Accessories Design category.

Check out Loren’s GFW collection on Flickr.

Careers

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our Footwear and Accessories course have found jobs with big name brands such as Church’s, Tustings,
Goldline, Dr Martens, T&A Footwear, William Lamb and Clarks.

You can also go on to study a postgraduate course with us and specialise in leather or business.

Student Story

Helen Kirkum

Graduate Helen’s CV is already packed full of high profile names, having completed work experience placements at brands including Red or Dead, Lacoste, Mr. Hare and the Clothes Show Live.

Helen gained high profile exposure across the industry in 2014, when she added the prestigious Cordwainers’ Footwear Student of the Year award to her trophy cabinet. The national competition saw students from leading universities vying for the grand prize, which was awarded by celebrated couture shoe designer Jimmy Choo.

Find out more about Helen’s experience of studying Footwear and Accessories with us.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2019
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
    for study at undergraduate level

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be 280 UCAS tariff points for qualifications included in the UCAS Tariff. In addition applicants are expected to have studied an Art or Textiles related subject at A-level or BTEC level 3 Diploma, or equivalent qualification; or a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Applicants are interviewed and are requested to provide a portfolio of their own work in Art and Design. Students with a relevant HND or Foundation Degree with a suitable profile of achievement may be admitted onto year two or three.

For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

Foundation Study Framework Entry Requirements

Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Levels or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

If you are considering a change in career or if you are returning to education after time away, then we suggest you contact Admissions to book an advisory interview with the course leader so we can explore how best to support your study ambitions.

Course Content

In the first year you will be introduced to studio design and workshop practice, covering core skills and practical experience supported by theory. You will study Creative Leather Applications at the Leather Technology Centre and tannery and you will explore design, concept, research and development. This will all be underpinned by historical and contextual studies.

  • Creative Leather Applications 1 (20 Credits)
    Module code: LEA1012
    Core Module Y
  • Footwear and Accessories - Techniques and Processes (20 Credits)
    Module code: FSH1109
    Core Module Y
  • Contextual Studies 1 (20 Credits)
    Module code: FSH1101
    Core Module Y
  • Design Practice: Concept, Research and Design Development (60 Credits)
    Module code: FSH1107
    Core Module Y

Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

 



Course Stats

Facilities &

Special Features

  • The Footwear and Accessories area has dedicated studios and a range of high quality workshops to enable the production of 2D and 3D work
  • Emphasis is placed on students’ creative development with recognition of the importance of marketing and management skills
  • ‘Live’ projects and internships with companies such as Pittards leathers
  • Visits to international trade fairs and shoemaking/leather-goods European centres
  • Regular opportunities to work at live events, e.g. London Fashion Week and Graduate Fashion Week
  • Student design apprenticeships with Church’s Shoes
  • Industry partners such as Trusting – luxury leather-goods manufacturers support student projects
  • Cordwainers bursaries for travel and career development
Reading List
  • Jane Shaffer and Sue Sanders - 'Design Practice and Processes for Creating Hats, Bags, Shoes and More'.

Postgraduate Opportunties

Further your Study

Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

Leather Technology (Professional) MSc

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Leather Technology PhD

Research

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Business and Enterprise

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Fees & Funding

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)

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.

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.

2018/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module
Foundation Study Framework: £6,500 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

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: £12,500
Foundation Study Framework: £9,800 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)

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers' Scholarship

The Cordwainers’ Scholarship provides multiple awards to students on the BA (Hons) Footwear and Accessories course who show evidence of high quality work, commitment and involvement…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

Foundation Study Framework

Foundation Study Framework teaching may be a combination of lectures, seminars and/or workshop based sessions. There are three Foundation Study Framework modules:

  • Subject Studies 1: Practical and Study Skills
  • Research for Practice
  • Subject Studies 2: Working with Ideas

Each module involves four hours of teaching contact time per week and we also expect you to engage in approximately 12 hours of independent study, to support the learning experience.

Read more…


*Course data provided by Unistats

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Updated 09/11/2018

  • On this specialist Footwear and Accessories undergraduate course, you’ll acquire the creative skills and technical knowledge you need for a career in footwear and accessory design, and the production associated with the broad area of fashion. We encourage you to be creative, experimental and innovative, and give you the opportunity to enjoy your craft and refine your skills.

    When you graduate, your work will be underpinned by technical excellence. You will benefit from our connections with industry and live projects, which are part of academic study. Northampton is synonymous with footwear, having a long and prosperous heritage of shoemaking in the region, as well as being home to some of the most elite, internationally renowned footwear brands. Studying with us will give you the unique opportunity to make the most of this heritage.

    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.

    Course

    Highlights

    • Study in Northampton, the heart of shoemaking heritage
    • International study trips, typically to one of the fashion capitals of the world
    • Links to industry, including Dr. Martens, Mulberry, Church's and others
    • Guaranteed paid internship*

    HP Laptop and software included with this course.

  • BA Footwear and Accessories offers you a blend of design, aesthetic and technical appreciation. We encourage you to develop your knowledge of leather and its design capabilities for fashion footwear and accessories, using computer aided design (CAD) facilities.

    This undergraduate course has dedicated workshops for the production of two and three dimensional work, and the course also develops professional and entrepreneurial skills for application within the creative industries.

    Read more…

    Additional

    Information

    Opportunities Abroad

    In previous years our students have had the opportunity to visit fashion capitals of the world such as Milan, Tokyo and New York. Visits to specialist trade fairs such as Linneapelle and Micam are also arranged. Students have also had the opportunity to study during the summer in Italy at the Instution Modartech. European trips will cost in the region of £400.

    • *We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

      We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

      We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

    • Discover your Course

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Loren Buckingham

      During her studies with us, Loren was shortlisted and won a number of high profile industry awards:

      1. The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers Scholarship Awards in “Innovation”, “Most Improved” and “Best Collection”.
      2.  a £2500 scholarship to support her final major project.
      3. one of only five UK students chosen for the final of the Drapers’ Student Footwear Designer of the Year competition
      4. the Fashanne Awards Footwear and Accessories Design category.

      Check out Loren’s GFW collection on Flickr.

    • Career Opportunities

      Graduates of our Footwear and Accessories course have found jobs with big name brands such as Church’s, Tustings,
      Goldline, Dr Martens, T&A Footwear, William Lamb and Clarks.

      You can also go on to study a postgraduate course with us and specialise in leather or business.

    • Helen Kirkum

      Graduate Helen’s CV is already packed full of high profile names, having completed work experience placements at brands including Red or Dead, Lacoste, Mr. Hare and the Clothes Show Live.

      Helen gained high profile exposure across the industry in 2014, when she added the prestigious Cordwainers’ Footwear Student of the Year award to her trophy cabinet. The national competition saw students from leading universities vying for the grand prize, which was awarded by celebrated couture shoe designer Jimmy Choo.

      Find out more about Helen’s experience of studying Footwear and Accessories with us.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be 280 UCAS tariff points for qualifications included in the UCAS Tariff. In addition applicants are expected to have studied an Art or Textiles related subject at A-level or BTEC level 3 Diploma, or equivalent qualification; or a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

    Applicants are interviewed and are requested to provide a portfolio of their own work in Art and Design. Students with a relevant HND or Foundation Degree with a suitable profile of achievement may be admitted onto year two or three.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Foundation Study Framework Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Levels or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

    If you are considering a change in career or if you are returning to education after time away, then we suggest you contact Admissions to book an advisory interview with the course leader so we can explore how best to support your study ambitions.

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2019
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

  • In the first year you will be introduced to studio design and workshop practice, covering core skills and practical experience supported by theory. You will study Creative Leather Applications at the Leather Technology Centre and tannery and you will explore design, concept, research and development. This will all be underpinned by historical and contextual studies.

    • Creative Leather Applications 1 (20 Credits)
      Module code: LEA1012
      Core Module Y
    • Footwear and Accessories - Techniques and Processes (20 Credits)
      Module code: FSH1109
      Core Module Y
    • Contextual Studies 1 (20 Credits)
      Module code: FSH1101
      Core Module Y
    • Design Practice: Concept, Research and Design Development (60 Credits)
      Module code: FSH1107
      Core Module Y
      • Jane Shaffer and Sue Sanders - 'Design Practice and Processes for Creating Hats, Bags, Shoes and More'.

    Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

     

    • Further your Study

      Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

      Leather Technology (Professional) MSc

      Master of Business Administration (MBA)

      Leather Technology PhD

    • We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

    • We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

  • 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)

    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.

    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.

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Study Framework: £6,500 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    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: £12,500
    Foundation Study Framework: £9,800 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)

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

    The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers' Scholarship

    The Cordwainers’ Scholarship provides multiple awards to students on the BA (Hons) Footwear and Accessories course who show evidence of high quality work, commitment and involvement…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

  • Foundation Study Framework teaching may be a combination of lectures, seminars and/or workshop based sessions. There are three Foundation Study Framework modules:

    • Subject Studies 1: Practical and Study Skills
    • Research for Practice
    • Subject Studies 2: Working with Ideas

    Each module involves four hours of teaching contact time per week and we also expect you to engage in approximately 12 hours of independent study, to support the learning experience.

    Read more…

*Course data provided by Unistats

Waterside

Our brand new £330 million campus.

Now Open

Discover the campus

360° Tour