Past Program

Italy: Shoe Design - Perception, History & Prototyping

This Wintersession Travel Course "Shoe Design - Perception, History & Prototyping" interlaced Apparel and Automotive Design studies grown from the culture and creative muse of Italy. This introspective and shared investigation evoked both industries' design arenas and thoroughly explored the process of shoe development from shared perspectives.


Wintersession Travel Course
  • Torino, Italy
  • Milan, Italy
Winter 2017

Course Dates: Jan 4, 2017 — Feb 7, 2017

Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Academic Credits
  • Apparel Design
  • Industrial Design
Course Numbers
  • APPAR-3052-01
  • ID-3052

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

Italy: Shoe Design
Torino, Italy 2017
Italy: Shoe Design
Torino, Italy 2017

About this Travel Course

Students participated in journal based self-study explorations throughout the course in response to the people and places encountered during the journey. The final two weeks immersed each student into making wearable shoe prototypes alongside Italian footwear technicians in a hosted Italian school of footwear. Upon return to RISD, students had the opportunity to curate and exhibit their shoes at a pop-up gallery show in the library’s Visual + Material Resource Center

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