Undergraduate, post graduate, diploma, certificate, and some advance courses are offered in footwear design/technology. The minimum qualification for undergraduate diploma or certificate programs in footwear design is 10+2 pass in any stream. Further, students with 10th pass can also pursue some short-term courses in this field. For admission to post graduate diploma in footwear design, one must be a graduate in any stream of education. Admission to most of these courses is done through entrance exams. However, footwear technology courses are offered as B.Tech/M.Tech programs, which are open only to science or engineering students.
Students, who possess the skills of creativity and business with good aesthetic sense, have a myriad of flourishing career options open in the field of design, marketing, and manufacturing of footwear designing. They can join specialist footwear companies, sportswear companies, designer labels, at both junior and executive levels. Upon gaining sufficient experience, one can set up his/her own exclusive footwear label or enter in the market as a footwear technician, footwear line builder, trade analyst, cost analyst, senior production co-coordinator or production manager, etc.
Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
Some premier institutions that offer courses in footwear designing are: Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) at Noida and Chennai; Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Chennai; National Institutes of Fashion Technology (NIFTs) at New Delhi, Gandhinagar, and Chennai; Central Footwear Training Centre (CFTC), Chennai; Government Leather Institute, Agra; Central Footwear Training Institute, Agra; Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, Kanpur; Dr. BR Ambedkar Regional Engineering College, Jalandhar; Muzaffarpur Institute of Technology, Muzaffarpur; AVI School of Fashion & Shoe Technology, Chandigarh; College of Leather Technology, Calcutta; Institute of Government Leather Working School, Mumbai; National Small Industries Corporation Ltd., Chennai; and Alagappa College of Technology, Chennai.
Since the nature of job prospects in footwear designing is very diverse, the remuneration can vary tremendously. Initially, one can expect a starting salary somewhere around Rs. 10,000 - 12,000 per month. International players offer higher pay packages to freshers which can range between Rs. 15,000 - 20,000 per month. Independent footwear designers can generate revenue depending upon the nature of their assignments. Entrepreneurs in this field can make hefty earnings per annum depending upon the size and nature of their business.