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Bespoke Footwear Biomechanics MA

Bespoke Footwear Biomechanics MA

Born out of De Montfort University’s (DMU) 50 year heritage in footwear design, this course sets out to explore how the medical and aesthetic elements of biomechanical footwear can be drawn together to deliver innovative bespoke designs.

Overview

Reasons to study Bespoke Footwear Biomechanics MA at DMU:

  • Built on our rich heritage in footwear design, this unique course helps you to explore the medical and aesthetic elements of biomechanical footwear
  • You will be taught by a team who are experts in footwear from concept to realisation of product
  • With a host of elective pathways on offer, you can tailor your study and deepen your knowledge in specific areas of interest
  • Graduates from DMU have forged careers with national and multinational companies such as New Balance, Clarkes, Pentland Brands, Adidas as well as many bespoke shoemakers such as Bill Bird Shoes
  • You will work in world-class facilities, which include a dedicated footwear studio, alongside an exciting, vibrant multi-disciplinary cohort of fashion and design graduates
  • DMU is the UK’s sole higher education representative in GREAT − the Government’s flagship marketing campaign which links creativity and commerce. In being a GREAT partner, the university stands alongside British brands recognised as world leaders in their field
  • The new Vijay Patel building has been designed to provide the space and facilities where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design courses - find out more

The School of Design continues to be in a strong position to support and help students to realise their potential, with highly experienced teaching staff, expert technicians and significant relationships with industry. 

Excellent resources are available to support each pathway, including specialist equipment and computerised machinery for the manufacture of footwear prototypes. There are also a wide range of workshops for print, weave, knit, dye, textiles testing, plastics, metalwork and laser cutting. Adobe Creative Suite and other industry-standard software applications are available in CAD labs across the School of Design and in the library. 

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time.

Start date: September 2017


Fees and funding: UK/EU: £5,000 (full-time), £417 per 15 credits (part-time)

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

You can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Key facts for international students

Duration: One year full-time

Start date: September 2017


Fees and funding: International: £12,600 per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

Successful candidates will have the equivalent or above of a 2:2 UK bachelor’s honours degree in a related subject, such as footwear or sports science. Candidates with a degree in medical subject relevant to the chosen project/research pathway will also be considered.

If you have other professional qualifications and industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis. 

We will also require you to submit a written proposal outlining your understanding of bespoke or biomechanics footwear.

Interview and Portfolio

Applicants with relevant qualifications should submit a portfolio of work (please see our Bespoke Footwear Biomechanics MA application portfolio advice for full details). Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work.

An interview may also be required

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

Modules

Term one

Research Methods (Compulsory)
Teaches you a range of conceptual and practical research skills, such as questionnaire design and interview techniques. As part of this module, you will formulate your major project proposal, specifying your aims, objectives, research methods and expected outcomes. You will also learn how to undertake the literature review for your major project.

Design Innovation (Optional)
A pathway-specific module that explores the development of conceptual thinking, creative approaches to design and the technical aspects of product realisation. An introductory design brief considers the use of primary research sources as inspiration for the generation of a collection of innovative, pathway-specific, product design statements. 

3Dplus CAD 1
This module covers aspects of using a 3D CAD system to develop a digital prototype of a footwear design. This will include using a library of pre-existing lasts and will provide you with the opportunity to develop designs in both 2D and 3D space. The module will cover style creation, pattern development, unit design and visualisation techniques. You will create a portfolio of 3D designs following an in depth investigation into the software that relates to your chosen field.

Design Communication
Helps you to develop a detailed understanding of the fashion portfolio and to hone your 2D communications skills. Using CAD and hand-crafted illustrative work, you will explore fashion illustration, technical drawings, print developments and layout techniques.

Term two

Promotion and Portfolio
A practice-based module that equips you with an understanding of the marketing processes for the fashion industry and the methods for self-promotion, including online options.

Design Research Development (Optional)
A pathway-specific module that further develops your design research capabilities, creative thinking, design expertise and specialist technical skills. You will investigate potential new designs and technical applications within the pathway, which will culminate in developing a pre-collection to your Major Project. 

3Dplus CAD 2
You will need to have studied 3Dplus CAD 1 prior to embarking on this module. This module covers aspects of using a 3D CAD system to produce a last and orthotic for a bespoke shoe. This will include using a scanner in order to digitally analyse and measure feet in both 2D and 3D space. The module will cover style creation, development, last design, orthotic design, measuring, fitting and visualisation techniques. You will create a portfolio of a 3D CAD Last and orthotic blue prints.

Business Planning for the Creative Entrepreneur
Develops your business knowledge and planning skills enabling you to identify the potential for a new product or service. You will study the key issues in starting a business and covers topics such as business plans, leadership, investment and risk management.

Term three

Major Project Design/Practice Outcomes, Exhibition and Reflective Report
Allows you to explore the aesthetic, conceptual and technological considerations of your chosen research area within your pathway. At this stage in your course, you have the opportunity to further tailor your learning to your strengths. You will produce a 3D prototype collection with a 2D portfolio, supported by a personal, illustrated critical and reflective thesis (5,000 words).

Major Project Design Concept
Enables you to explore the aesthetic, conceptual and technological considerations of your chosen research area within your pathway. At this stage in your course, you will further tailor your learning to your design concept/product and develop an extensive body of written work (12-20,000 words). 

Work-Based Project (optional)
This work-based module allows you to use the skills developed during your course and enables you to undertake a negotiated investigative project in a real-world setting while gaining valuable work experience in a company/charity. You will be expected to demonstrate that you can exercise initiative, take personal responsibility, embrace complex decision-making processes and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level. As part of the project, you will be required to produce a project proposal, 10,000-word report and a 30-minute presentation.

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current

 

Overview

The course promotes a philosophy of developing independent learners. Supported by specialist staff, you are encouraged to negotiate and direct your own learning within the framework of the modular structure. Tuition mainly takes the form of workshops to better develop your skills as well as design tutorials and additional lectures and seminars, which will further build on individual skills and knowledge.

Assessment is continuous through elements such as 2D/3D design projects, portfolio, reports and essays, blogs, poster presentations and oral presentations.

Contact hours
In your first two terms you will normally attend around 12 hours of timetabled taught sessions including lectures, tutorials and workshop and studio sessions each week, and be expected to undertake at least 23 hours of independent study each week. Your third term will be pre-dominantly self-directed (including meetings with your supervisor), during you can expect to undertake 35 hours of independent study each week.

Part-time study is normally undertaken on a half-time basis.

 

Facilities and features

Facilities

Our world-class facilities include a dedicated footwear studio for group tutorials to take place and a diverse range of workshops, including a CAD Laboratory with bespoke and biomechanics 3D software programmes. Access to a wide range of specialist workshops include advanced digital prototyping, plastics, wood and metal to support all your study needs. 

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

 

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

 

Opportunities and careers

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Enterprise

Starting a business
If you are thinking of starting your own business or working for yourself, the Enterprise Team can help provide you with the right advice and guidance to get your business off the ground.

 

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

 

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Graduate careers

The course will prepare you for a variety of careers. Graduates from the School have gone on to work in roles ranging from design, product development, buying, and product technology to working as freelancer or starting up a small business. They have worked for national and multinational companies such as New Balance, Clarkes, Pentland Brand and Adidas as well as bespoke shoemakers.

There is a growing interest amongst our students and graduates to undertake further study in the form of a research degree. A recent graduate received a fully funded bursary from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to advance her MA research into PhD study.

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Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

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