Footwear Design Business

Majors open to

Product Design


Graduate Interaction Design

Host Department

Product Design

Faculty Lead

Kevin A. Beard


15 units of ArtCenter credit
(6 Business + 9 Studio)

How To Apply

Applications for this program are closed.


  1. Must have completed at least four terms of undergraduate study or two terms of graduate study prior to Summer 2018
  2. Must have at least one term remaining upon return to ArtCenter
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  4. Must not be on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of application

* If you do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements you still may be able to apply. Please contact


Tuition: Students are responsible for ArtCenter tuition for the Summer 2018 term.

Program Fee: In addition to ArtCenter tuition, you will be responsible for a program fee of $3,080. This fee covers the following costs: housing in Portland and travel/medical insurance.

Additional: Costs that you will be responsible for that are NOT included in the program fee are: transportation to Portland (~$300) and daily personal expenses—food, souvenirs, etc. (~$30/day).


Term: Summer 2018
Dates Away: June 9 – August 4, 2018*

*The program will begin in Pasadena during Week 1 of the Summer term. It will also conclude in Pasadena with a presentation to ArtCenter students and faculty.

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About Footwear Design Business
Calling all shoe dogs! Are you interested in a deep dive into the athletic footwear industry?  This summer, we are offering an eight-week experience in Portland, Oregon, for a selected group of students. During this study away program you will work with recent ArtCenter alumni from three major brands on three two-week projects, as well as participate in two one-week footwear business classes with students from Portland State University’s School of Business Administration. The term will start and conclude in Pasadena, where you will present your four projects to students and faculty upon your return.

This brand-sponsored study away intensive has two main components:

1) Three 2-week footwear design assignments targeting footwear brands. Each of these projects will have recent ACCD alumni from these brands reviewing the students’ work each evening, culminating with final presentations for each brand.

2) Two 1-week business courses at Portland State University’s Business School alongside PSU students. These business courses are part of PSU’s summer Athletic & Outdoor program that will expose students to footwear business practices and interaction with footwear business students and guest lecturers from the footwear business outside of design. The courses will cover business logistics and product briefing. The product briefing course will have students from PSU and ArtCenter cooperate on a footwear product brief and product ideation.

Through this program, students will gain direct footwear brand experience through interaction and design direction from current practicing professionals. They will also gain footwear business knowledge and interdisciplinary business education, experience, and interaction connected to the footwear industry.

About Portland
Dynamic yet mellow, Oregon’s largest metropolis boasts a vibrant downtown across the Willamette River from charming neighborhoods full of friendly — and often zany — people. It hums with a youthful vitality and is home to a landslide of liberal idealists, but it’s located in a state where back roads brim with Republican red. Here Gore-Tex rain jackets in fine restaurants are as common as sideburns on a hipster. A haven for eco-activists, cyclists, outdoor nuts, vegans, gardener and dog-lovers. This vibrant city offers something for everyone with its countless brewpubs, coffeehouses, knitting circles, lesbian potlucks and book clubs. Portland is a livable metropolis with pretty neighborhoods and a friendly, small-town atmosphere. It’s an up-and-coming destination that has finally found itself but keeps redefining its ethos with every controversy (fluoride, anyone?). Racially progressive, culturally diverse and politically charged, the city is also — as many folks from out of state have discovered — an awesome spot to plant roots, settle in and chill out for while.

Information Sessions
• Monday, February 19 (Week 6) at 1 pm in Room 224, Hillside
• Thursday, February 22 (Week 6) at 1 pm in Room 201, Hillside

Selection Timeline
• Applications Due: Friday, March 9 (Week 8) at 1 pm
• Decisions Announced: Friday, March 16 (Week 9)
• Program Commitment & $200 Deposit Due: Friday, March 23 at 1 pm (Week 10)