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Footwear and Accessories BA (Hons)

On this specialist programme you will acquire creative skills and technical knowledge relevant to footwear and accessory design, and the production associated with the broad area of fashion.

Our philosophy is to encourage you to be creative, experimental and innovative in your specialist field of study and to give you the opportunity to enjoy your craft and refine their skills. You will benefit from strong connections with industry and live project learning experiences are part of academic study. Northampton is synonymous with footwear, having a long and prosperous heritage of shoemaking in the region, as well as being home to some of the most elite, internationally renowned footwear brands.

This is a course which offers an innovative blend of design, aesthetic and technical appreciation. You will be encouraged to develop your knowledge of leather and its design capabilities for fashion footwear and accessories, utilising computer aided design (CAD) facilities. The programme also develops professional and entrepreneurial skills for application within the creative industries.

Our expertise in leather, footwear and accessories will enable you to experiment with leather, work with some of our sponsors and learn skills from industry leading experts at our Institute for Creative Leather Technologies, based in the town centre's cultural quarter. The University of Northampton is the only place in Europe where Footwear and Accessories students can experience the industry from ‘Hide to High Street’ – creating highly employable graduates.

Hear from one of our Footwear and Accessories graduates in this short film:


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W232 (W237 with Foundation Framework)
BA/FWA (BA/FWAFY with Foundation Framework)
Waterside Campus
Three years full-time, or four years full-time with Foundation Framework.

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A level, DMM at BTEC or 112 UCAS points. In addition applicants are expected to have studied an Art or Textiles related subject at A level or BTEC level 3 Diploma, or equivalent qualification; or a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Applicants are interviewed and are requested to provide a portfolio of their own work in Art and Design. Students with a relevant HND or Foundation Degree with a suitable profile of achievement may be admitted onto year two or three.

Foundation Study Framework entry requirements: Admission to the foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Levels, MPP at BTEC or 64 UCAS points. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

If you are considering a change in career or if you are returning to education after time away, then we suggest you contact Admissions to book an advisory interview with the course leader so we can explore how best to support your study ambitions.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.