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Footwear and Products Industry holds a prominent place in Indian economy in terms of employment generation and exports earnings. India has a 2.6 per cent share in the global leather trade and this sector ranks eighth in terms of the country‘s foreign exchange earnings from the industry. 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 and targets to enhance the turnover to US $ 27 billion by 2020 (from the present turnover of US $ 12.60 billion) and employment from 3.1 million people to 6 million in next 5 years. 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 very inception( i.e. 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.

  • 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 Production, Marketing, Design, Merchandising and Retail Management , the Alumni have witnessed high career opportunities in Production and Planning, Designing, Footwear Fashion/Styling and CAD, 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.


01. M. Des. (Footwear Design & Production)
Duration: 2 Years
Eligibility: Candidate is required to be a Graduate in Footwear / LGAD / Design / Engineering / Production / Technology or any other related programme.
Number of Seats: Noida Campus – 60, Chennai Campus – 30, Kolkata Campus – 30, Rohtak Campus – 30, Jodhpur Campus – 30, Fursatganj (Near Lucknow) Campus – 30, Chandigarh Campus - 30, Hyderabad Campus - 30, Gujarat Campus - 30
Course Aim: 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.
Course Structure: The two-year program is focused on in-depth understanding of Footwear (Leather & Non Leather) Manufacturing, Marketing, Merchandising, Design, International Business and Maintenance. The Programme encourages Research based study of the relevant area to take up higher challenges in the relevant Industry and also extends further scope of perusing higher education, research and innovation.
Course Contents: Besides having the Manufacturing technology, Design and in depth knowledge on Materials Design & Innovation the specialization are offered in the area of Fashion Footwear & Product Manufacturing and Innovation, Non-Leather Footwear & Product Manufacturing, Designing, Safety Footwear & Products and Ethnic Footwear Manufacturing Technology, Goods, Garments & Accessories Manufacturing Technology, International Business and Footwear Retailing. The relevant Management subjects such as Product Costing, Testing & Quality Control with Six Sigma and Productivity Improvement Techniques, Marketing & Market Research, Product Merchandising along with Industrial Training and Extramural Projects are the integral part of the training program.
Career Prospects: The two year program is designed to create techno-management professionals equipped with right skills and knowledge to serve various domains of Footwear & Products design , Manufacturing , retailing and related area, globally. With the unique structured blending of the high end technical knowledge/skill and the application based managerial specialization in the area of Production, Marketing, Design, Merchandising and Retail Management, the School offers promising career opportunities both in India and abroad.
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02. M.Des. (CAD)
Duration: 2 Years
Eligibility: Candidate is required to be a Graduate in Footwear / LGAD / Design / Engineering / Production / Technology/Fine arts or any other related programme.
Number of Seats: Noida campus – 30.
Course Aim: The program is intended to create high end creative Designers for Footwear, Product & Accessories who can dictate the Industry in terms of Innovative Designs and act as catalyst for change in terms of representation and fusion of modern Indian and western art & Design. They should have the competency to provide valuable inputs as Trend Researches, Forecasters, Stylists, Innovators, Product Visualizers, Concept Developers and Designers.
Course Contents: Advanced Design Concepts and Processes, Advanced Material and Product Manufacturing & Innovation, Trends and Research Analysis, Color Forecasting and Styling, usage of advanced Contemporary Design tools inclusive of Computer Aided Designing and Manufacturing, Professional Design Management Practices, Advanced Illustration & Technical Designing, Range Building etc. Soft skill development and Extramural Research Projects are integral part of the training program.
Career Prospects: On completion of the program students can join the Footwear, Product & Allied Industry (inclusive of Retail Industry) as Designers, Visual Merchandisers, Developers, CAD Specialists, Strategy Planners, Fashion Trend Forecasters and Creative Design Consultants.
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03. B. Des. (Footwear Design & Production)
Duration: 4 Years
Eligibility: 10+2 / Intermediate (Candidates appearing in 10+2 may also apply).
Age Limit: Max. 25 years as on 25th July 2018
Number of Seats: Noida Campus – 60, Chennai Campus – 60, Kolkata Campus – 30, Rohtak Campus – 60, Jodhpur Campus – 30, Fursatganj (Near Lucknow) Campus – 30, Chindwara Campus – 30, Guna Campus –30, Hyderabad—30, Gujarat — 30, Patna — 30 & Chandigarh–30
Course Aim: The aim of the program is to create high end 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 program is on inculcating the knowledge and skill about the latest technology and modern practices, which are relevant to the Industry and to compete in the international market.
Course Structure: The four years program comprises of eight Semesters in which the emphasis is given on concept and skill building in various areas of Design, Manufacturing Technology & Management and developing the overall personality. In the final year students are offered specialization in Leather and Non-Leather Footwear “Production Technology, Productivity & Quality Management”, “Design & CAD.”
Course Contents: Design Foundation, Material understanding, Product knowledge, Soft Skill Development, Product Design, Fashion, Styling, Product development with the usage & exposure of high end software & equipment like Crispin, Coral Draw, Photoshop, CAD, Die less Cutting M/c, the intricacies involved in the manufacturing operations like Cutting technique, Closing techniques, Component manufacturing techniques, Lasting & Finishing techniques etc., with the blending of management core and functional management subjects like Product Costing, POM, Principles of Management, Computer Science, Lab Testing, Marketing, Finance & Accounting, HRM, Organization Behavior, Project Management etc.
Career Prospects: The Indian Corporates along with MNCs have made it possible to look forward to promising career opportunities across the globe i.e. Production & Planning, Quality, Product Development, Marketing, Merchandising, Designing, Range Building, Buying, Export Merchandising etc. The Program has a track record of very high placement in top business houses in Footwear Industries, Buying Houses and Allied Industry across the globe.
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