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Sneaker Essentials

Fashion Institute of Technology SUNY

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Fashion Institute of Technology faculty, together with leaders from Complex and across the sneaker world, will teach you about the key areas, and related career opportunities in the ever-evolving sneaker industry. We offer a a Sneaker Essentials certificate at Fashion Institute of Technology SUNY. 


The Sneaker Essentials program from Fashion Institute of Technology SUNY includes 6 online course modules, and related skill-building activities. 

Each module is 3-5 hours, and is broken into several shorter lessons that students complete at their own pace. Students earn a non-credit certificate of completion from FIT.

Key Features 

  • Explore the history of sneakers – from performance, to fashion, to self-expression – and the evolution of sneaker culture.
  • Gain an understanding of design considerations including the design brief, color, materials, parts and lasts, sketching and drafting, tech packs, and prototyping.
  • Go inside the factory to see how sneakers are made and learn about key steps like pattern making, upper assembly, outsole application, and production.

Programme Structure

  • Get insider access to key areas of the industry with 45+ on-demand video lessons, and build real-world skills through self-paced projects and simulations.
  • Learn about all the various career paths in the sneaker world, and get first-hand tips and advice on how to achieve your goals from the biggest names in the business.

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