PENSOLE Footwear Design Workshop

Majors open to

Open to all majors

Host Department

Product Design

Faculty Lead

Kevin A. Beard
D’Wayne Edwards
Angela Medlin


3 units of ArtCenter Studio credit

How To Apply

Applications for this program were due on Wednesday, June 5 (Week 4) at 1 pm.


  1. Open to all terms and majors
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  3. 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


Students are responsible for ArtCenter tuition for this 3-credit Fall class.

Program Fee: TBD

Additional: Other costs that you will be responsible for are: transportation to/from Portland (~$300) and daily personal expenses—food, souvenirs, etc. ($25-$50/day).


Term: Fall 2019
Dates Away: August 21 – September 5, 2019

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This special 2-week intensive is a partnership between the Product Design department and the PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy, led by founder D’Wayne Edwards. This educational partnership reflects the growing concentration of “wearables + soft goods” in Product Design at ArtCenter and the commitment to enabling students to have the most meaningful industry-driven experiences as they build their skills. PENSOLE was created to provide students with the knowledge that is required to become professional footwear designers. Through a rigorous “do by learning” curriculum, students are mentored by an instructional staff comprised of both cutting-edge professional designers and established footwear design leaders. Students will be exposed to all aspects of footwear design and will be taught how to develop projects from idea to final concept. In addition, they will receive training in time management, networking, and visual and verbal presentation skills. For more information on the PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy, please visit their website or listen to D’Wayne’s recent interview with NPR!

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 Session
Monday, April 1 at 1 pm (Week 12) in Room 229, Hillside
Monday, May 20 at 1 pm (Week 2) in Conference Room B, Hillside

Selection & Notification Timeline
• Applications Due: Wednesday, June 5 at 1 pm (Week 4)
• Decisions Announced: Wednesday, June 12 (Week 5)
• Program Commitment Due: Wednesday, June 19 at 1 pm (Week 6)