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Footwear and Products Industry holds a prominent place in Indian economy in terms of employment generation and exports earnings. India is the second largest footwear producer after China with huge domestic retail market. With affluence of raw materials, skilled manpower, innovative technology, and the strong presence of the allied industries, the sector has tremendous potential for growth and employment generation. Government of India has also recognized this as the Priority sector under Make in India initiative. India is today the most favorable sourcing and manufacturing base destination for the leading countries like Italy, Germany, UK, USA, Hong Kong, France, Spain, Netherlands and Belgium.


The School of Footwear Design and Production, in existence from its inception in 1986, is dedicated for development and growth of the sector and is having global recognition for nurturing high end professionals and extending international level for consultancy support to the sector, in the niche area of Footwear Design, Production and Management.

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FDDI being an “Institution of National Importance” is amongst the four Institutes in the world offering higher education in Footwear and Product Design, Manufacturing and Management. The international linkages and tie-ups, structured blending of the technical training and the application based managerial specialization in the area of Design, Production, Marketing, Merchandising & Retail Management , the Alumni have witnessed high career opportunities in Footwear Designing, Footwear Fashion/Styling and CAD, Production Planning, Marketing, Merchandising, Buying/Sourcing, Costing and Quality Management, Shop Floor operations and in the back end of Footwear Retailing sector, both in India and abroad.


1. Master of design (M. Des.) in Footwear Design & Production

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: 2 Years (4 Semesters)

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A Bachelor’s Degree in Footwear/ Leather Goods/ Design/ Fashion/ Fine arts/ Architecture/ Engineering/ Production / Technology

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Noida Campus – 60 Chennai Campus - 60

This program is intended to create high end techno-management professionals who can understand the new dynamics of global business environment within a framework of business ethics and corporate governance and meet the ever growing demand of the Leather & Non Leather Footwear, Footwear Retail and allied industries in a highly modernized setup.

The two-year program is focused on in-depth understanding of Footwear (Leather & Non Leather) Design, Manufacturing, Marketing, Merchandising, International Business etc. The Programme encourages Research based study of the relevant area to take up higher challenges in the relevant Industry.

Besides having the in depth knowledge on Materials & Innovation, the specializations are offered in the area of Designing & Manufacturing of Fashion Footwear, Non-Leather Footwear, Safety Footwear, Ethnic Footwear, International Business and Footwear Retailing. The relevant Management subjects such as Product Costing, Testing & Quality Control, Six Sigma, Productivity Improvement Techniques, Marketing & Market Research, Product Merchandising along with Industrial Training and Projects are the integral part of the training program.

The two-year program is designed to create high end specialized Product Designers & techno-management professionals equipped with right skills and knowledge to serve various domains of Footwear & Design, Manufacturing, retailing and related area, globally. With the unique structured blending of the Design, high end technical knowledge/skill and the application based managerial specialization. The School offers promising career opportunities both in India and abroad.

The course also extends further scope of pursuing higher education, research and innovation in the relevant area for which there is a dearth in industry/academia.

2. Bachelor of design (B. Des.) in Footwear Design & Production

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  • Course Aim
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  • Career Prospects

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: 4 Years (8 Semesters)

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10+2 / Intermediate (Candidates appearing in 10+2 may also apply).

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Max. 25 years as on 1st July 2022

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Noida Campus – 60 Rohtak Campus - 60 Chandigarh Campus - 60
Fursatganj (Raebareli) Campus – 60 Jodhpur Campus - 60 Guna Campus - 60
Chennai Campus - 60 Chhindwara Campus - 60 Hyderabad Campus - 60
Kolkata Campus - 60 Patna Campus - 60 Ankleshwar (Surat) Campus - 60

The aim of the program is to create high end creative Designers and specialized professionals for the Footwear & allied Industries who can efficiently excel across the globe and serve the critical functional domains of the Industry. The emphasis of the program is on inculcating the requisite knowledge and skill on latest aspects of Footwear Design, technology & management, which are relevant to the Industry and facilitates them to mark a footprint in the international market.

The four years’ program comprises of Eight Semesters in which the emphasis is given on concept and skill building in various areas of Footwear Design & fashion forecasting with CAD and other latest software applications, Manufacturing Technology & management and Footwear retailing & E-commerce.

The course contents are designed specifically for building Design sense and understanding with creative product design & forecasting skill , Understanding of Raw Material , Product manufacturing techniques and analytics with intricacies involved (Cutting technology, Closing technology, Component manufacturing techniques, Lasting, Finishing & Packaging) and Product development with the usage of high end software & CAD equipment and the blending of management (core and functional management) subjects like Product Costing, Production planning & management, soft skill development, Lab Testing, Marketing, Merchandising, Footwear Retailing & E-commerce. FDDI is offering professional specializations in leather Shoes & accessories, polymer Shoes & accessories which includes design of athleisure , jogging footwear, sneaker design perspective, knitting design software, etc. used in sports shoe manufacturing and special purpose shoes which includes design and making of safety & military footwear and orthopedic shoes.

The curriculum has been designed by a team of experts from IIT- Delhi, one of the prestigious institutions of the country in the area of Product design & engineering. The new and emerging areas that have been captured in the curriculum includes ERP, MRP & Digital manufacturing, Industrial Ergonomics, Internet of things. Technology, material & programming. Fabrication techniques, Block Chain, Big Data, Smart Products/Wearable Electronics, Athletic & Sports specific Footwear, etc.

The Indian Corporates along with MNCs have made it possible to look forward to promising career opportunities across the globe in the area of Product design and development, Production & Planning, Quality, Marketing, Merchandising, Range Building, Buying, Export Merchandising. Retailing and E-commerce. The Program has a track record of very high level of placement in leading Footwear Industries, Buying Houses and Allied Industry in India and abroad.


  • Virendra Awal - Mochico Shoes

    Virendra Awal


    Mochiko Shoes

  • Akash Sehgal - Lifestyle International

    Akash Sehgal

    Sr. VP

    Lifestyle International

  • Bharat Mahajan - Wildcraft

    Bharat Mahajan

    LEED Product (Footwear & Accessories)


  • Naveen Vij - Landmark

    Naveen Vij

    VP- Buying Merchandising


  • Deepak Chhabra - Tupperware India

    Deepak Chhabra


    Tupperware India

  • Anurag Pandey - Arvind Fashions Ltd.

    Anurag Pandey

    VP & COO

    Arvind Fashions Ltd.

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