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School of Footwear Design & Production is the oldest School of FDDI, which is in existence since 1986, with the very inception of the institute. The School has a high reputation in academic/industrial fraternity and with grant of “INI status” to FDDI, is amongst one of the four leading Institute in the world offering higher education in Footwear Design, technology and management. The School is also engaged in competency building and development of Footwear sector in India and other neighboring countries/continents. The high end infrastructure equipped with latest Design Softwares & CAD, 3D Printing and related integrated technology, facilitate a close approximation of theory and practice which integrates academic environment with business reality and is an ideal atmosphere to foster Design Research & Innovation with hands-on training on industrial best practices, across the 12 campuses of FDDI. Because of the uniqueness of the programme, the students graduated from the school have a high acceptance in the industry with many of them being placed as the decision makers in industry.


Footwear Industry being a multi-billion dollars’ industry commands a premium place in world economy. Footwear market size was USD 373.19 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow at the compound annual growth rate of 4.3% from 2022 to 2030. The Industry is strongly concentrated in Asia where almost 9 out of every 10 pairs are being manufactured. India is one of the most favorable potential destination for manufacturing & sourcing for developed nations such as Italy, Germany, UK, USA, Hong Kong, France, Spain, Netherlands and Belgium.

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India is the second largest Producer and Consumer of Footwear in global market. As per reports, Indian Footwear & Leather sector has the potential to reach a turnover of USD 30 billion in next five years establishing a critical need of trained professionals to take up future roles at global platform. In view of the massive potential, GOI has ambitious plans for the development and growth of the sector in the Prime Minister’s drive to “Make in India” and Atmanirbhar Bharat.


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 any discipline

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Noida Campus – 60 Chennai Campus - 60

This program is intended to create Specialized Footwear Designers & CAD specialists and techno-management professionals who can understand the new dynamics of global business 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 course is focused on in-depth understanding of Footwear (Leather & Non Leather) Design, Manufacturing, Management and Retailing. The course encourages Research based study of the relevant area to take up higher challenges in the relevant Industry.

Besides having the in depth knowledge of materials, processes & manufacturing techniques, 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 Design, technology 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 PhD in the relevant area.

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

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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 2024

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Noida Campus – 80 Rohtak Campus - 60 Chandigarh Campus - 60
Fursatganj (Raebareli) Campus – 60 Jodhpur Campus - 60 Guna Campus - 60
Chennai Campus - 60 Chhindwara Campus - 60 Hyderabad Campus - 80
Kolkata Campus - 60 Patna Campus - 60 Ankleshwar (Surat) Campus - 60

To create world class Footwear Designers who can demonstrate high degree of competence in Product Design, Fashion Forecasting, Product branding & management and through “Design in India” initiative can facilitate establishment of brand India in the global arena. The course also aims to create specialized professionals who can serve the critical functional domains of the Footwear & allied Industry and excel efficiently across the globe.

The four years’ course (1+3 years) comprises of eight Semesters wherein the first two semesters are to be treated as Compulsory Foundation year where the students will be given basic knowledge of Design, Design principles, process, 2D & 3D CAD , Materials, Ergonomic aspect of design and Design Projects to understand the intricacies involved in conceptualization an idea to conversion as a product and encourage experiential learning . In the last semester the students will be taking up Design Project/Research Project. Industrial internship is in built in the curriculum.

The course contents have been designed in close approximation with industrial need and the ongoing latest developments in the sector, globally. In the background of creating world class designers and professionals the course curriculum broadly includes Design thinking; tinkering studio; fashion & trend forecasting; Biomechanics; ERP, MRP & Digital manufacturing; Industrial Ergonomics; Internet of things; Technology, material & processes; Fabrication techniques; application of Block Chain & Big Data in Footwear; Smart Products/Wearable Electronics; Athletic & Sports specific Footwear etc. including the business aspects such as Product Costing Production planning & management, Marketing, Merchandising, Footwear Retailing & E-commerce besides soft skill development. Professional specializations are offered in the last semester (s) which includes design of Leather Fashion footwear, athleisure, jogging footwear, sneaker design perspective, knitting design software etc. The experiential learning and active industry/alumni integration is the core of pedagogy.

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 emerging large domestic market dominated by young population and the increasing role of the country in global trade, establishes a promising career opportunity in the trade as Footwear Designers for Fashion and Sport shoes, Product developer, CAD specialist, Footwear stylist, Merchandiser, buyer, Managers for Production planning, Quality management & control, Costing, specialists for handling E-Commerce, to name a few. The course also prepares individuals to take up entrepreneurship and the “Center of Excellences” established at FDDI campuses can help in nurturing the ideas and converting them into business acumen. The course has a track record of qualitative 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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