Pedagogy and Professional Development

Pedagogical Guidance to Educators in Teaching a Sneaker Design in a Fashion Design Program

  • Changhyun Nam (Iowa State University)
  • Eulanda A. Sanders (Iowa State University)


The faculty goals were to implement of an intensive experimental sneaker design class for eight weeks (three credits) and aimed to improve students’ sneaker drawing skills and knowledge of the design and sneaker manufacture processes incorporating 3D printing. Each course session during an eight-week course period was delivered via a mini-lecture (10-20 minutes) and active learning (60-70 minutes) in their teaching of three main content sections of the course: (a) sketching, (b) pattern-making, and (c) 3D printing. Throughout the course,the faculty evaluated course learning outcomes to determine improvements for future courses. The overall content and delivery were effective in teaching the structure of sneakers and design process during the eight-week course, as demonstrated in the students’ final prototypes. Through sketching sneaker sections, students can start brainstorming and generate their own creative ideas. In addition, educators could seriously consider requiring recycled or reused materials (e.g., old t-shirts, jackets, and jeans) when developing a sustainable shoe course, because most students prefer using textiles and recycled clothing to create their patterns and prototypes of shoes.

Keywords: 3D printing, sneaker design, eight-week course

How to Cite:

Nam, C. & Sanders, E. A., (2019) “Pedagogical Guidance to Educators in Teaching a Sneaker Design in a Fashion Design Program”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 76(1). doi:

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Published on
15 Dec 2019