What is this course about
  • Our online courses are based on a moodle platform as used by most Universities. 

We have a selection of three courses as well as a combination of all three.

  1. Certificate in Footwear Design and Illustration
  2. Certificate in Footwear Technology
  3. Certificate in Footwear Pattern Engineering
  4. Certificate in Footwear Design which includes all of the above

Students must have access to:

  1. Internet
  2. Camera or scanner
  3. Computer or tablet or smart phone

All tools and equipment and stationery for the course is provided.

The course duration should be 10months but students have up to 14 months to complete it.


Classes run from 8h00 to 14h00, two Saturdays a month.

Part time course times

This course starts annualy in :

  • January

  • June
Course starting dates

Design and illustration

This course covers footwear design and illustration in details. You do not have to be an artist to make a success in this. We will teach you everything from scratch.

Our proven technicques will teach you to sketch shoes like a pro. It just takes practice.

We mostly use pencil sketching fodesign and pencil crayons technicques for illustration.

Everything is provided.

In the process you will also learn a lota bout the history of footwear and fashion.


R 2 000 registration deposit

R   900 per month for 10 months

Pattern Engineering

In order to make quality footwear one needs to have a well grounded ability to cut footwear patterns.

Using the best Italian methods our learners are taken through the process of making the patterns for all the classical styles of footwear. This also includes the process of grading footwear to other sizes.

From this all other patterns can be made which includes sandals, boots shoes, sneakers and vellies.



R 2 000 registration deposit

R   900 per month for 10 months


Technology is the foundation of understanding good footwear. This is ideal for manufacturers as well as buyers and retail technologists.

The course includes:

  1. Manufacturing processes
  2. Materials and their properties
  3. Components and their properties
  4. Construction of Footwear uppers
  5. Tanning processes
  6. Synthetic Materials manufacture processing
  7. Insoles
  8. Soles
  9. Heels
  10. Footwear constructions and lasting processes
  11. Sole attaching
  12. Threads and needles


R 2 000 registration deposit

R   900 per month for 10 months

Design and Technology Course

This course combines the Design, pattern engineering and Technology in a single course .



R 3 000 registration deposit

R 1 800 per month for 10 months

Footwear designers and Technologists are a niche market skill which is very rare in South Africa. It requires the ability to create concepts, put these concepts down onto paper and transfer the concepts into 2D patterns and from there on into a prototype. 

There is currently a shortage for good designers and technologists who can employed into retail as well as manufacturing sectors.

There are a multitude of opportunities for footwear entrepereneurs in South Africa. From small start-ups to large investment opportunities.

Freelance designers with a good eye for the market is always in demand in the footwear industry. Small scale start-ups have proven very successful over many years and have delivered a multitude of multi millionairs.

Just in the last five to seven years we have seen a multitude of small brands rise from no where of which our students are the leaders.

Due to the exchange rate and local demand for localised products this is becomming a more viable business by the day.

The is no hobby as satisfying as making footwear. Once the first shoe is made, the bug has bitten.

From just a sideline hobby to keep you busy or an retirement hobby for some extra income, shoemaking is the utimate answer. 

We have allumni that are retired and making shoes for fun and to keep the motor skills going and the brains alive.

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