Past Program

Italy: Shoe Design, Perception, History & Prototyping

Students of each discipline will travel to galleries, studios and factories in Turin, Milan, and Florence, learning traditional and hi-tech design processes that apply to Shoe Design. The goal of the course is for students to practice techniques of shoe design as a product that exists midway between the realms of Apparel and Industrial Design.

At-A-Glance

What
Wintersession Travel Course
Where
  • Turin, Italy
  • Milan, Italy
  • Florence, Italy
When
Winter 2015

Course Dates: Jan 5, 2015 — Feb 6, 2015

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Faculty
Academic Credits
6
Department
  • Apparel
  • Industrial Design
Course Numbers
  • APPAR 3052
  • ID-3052
Cost
$4075

Includes accommodation, field trips, local transportation, all meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance.

Italy: See Naples and Die
Naples, Italy 2019
Italy: See Naples and Die
Naples, Italy 2019
Italy: See Naples and Die
Naples, Italy 2019

Full Course Description

Students of each discipline will travel to galleries, studios and factories in Turin, Milan, and Florence, learning traditional and hi-tech design processes that apply to Shoe Design. The goal of the course is for students to practice techniques of shoe design as a product that exists midway between the realms of Apparel and Industrial Design. They will also experience the intersection of creative perspectives and approaches from each discipline. The rich design culture of Italy, and Da Vinci's seven principles of creativity, will serve as inspiration and guide. Each student will actively explore their observations and nurture their evolving design process through journaling and interactive dialogue. Students work will be professionally photographed, and the course will conclude at RISD with a final Exhibition/Crit. Note: The course will spend the first and last weeks at RISD, with the other 3 weeks spent throughout Northern Italy. Dates of Travel: Week 2,3, & 4 of WS 2015.

Program Details

Wintersession Travel Courses are open to all RISD + Brown University students. To apply for a Wintersession Travel Course, you must:

  • attend an infosession with faculty (general or course-specific)
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application (Note: Students seeking exception to this academic policy should contact the Registrar at registrar@risd.edu with any questions.)
  • be in good standing in terms of conduct and finances
  • First year students must provide approval from the Dean of Experimental & Foundation Studies as part of their applications.
  • Brown University students are eligible to apply, but priority will be given to RISD students.

Per Student Financial Service requirements, students who plan to travel on school-sponsored trips must first pay their student account in full. Students with an account balance are ineligible for travel and may forfeit any funds already used to book travel arrangements. Contact Student Financial Services at sfs@risd.edu with any questions.

Co-Requisite Courses

Also offered as ID-3052. Register in class for which credit is desired

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