SCAD Offers First Sneaker Design Minor – WWD

With the growing popularity of sneakers, Savannah College of Art and Design launched the first accredited minor in sneaker design.

Based on student interest and alumni success in the industry, the minor is designed to propel graduates to the top of the $80 billion international industry. SCAD alumni are already working with top brands such as Nike, Adidas, Yeezy, Reebok and Skechers, or starting their own successful businesses.

The first Sneaker Design minor students are enrolled for the spring term, which kicked off this week.

The SCAD Sneaker Design Minor is available to students at SCAD Savannah and Atlanta locations and includes new courses specifically created to teach innovative and sustainable design and manufacturing practices.

The minor consists of five courses designed to develop students’ design knowledge and skills in sketching, rendering, concept development, digital prototyping, and branding for luxury and high-performance sneakers. The courses aim to ensure that students complete the minor with a professional quality portfolio including physical and digital prototypes of original sneaker designs.

SCAD will host two sneaker design conversations at the upcoming SCADStyle 2022 signature event. On April 5 in Savannah and April 6 in Atlanta, SCAD alumni will participate in the moderated “Up Your Game: The Future of Sneaker Design” panel by SCAD professor and shoe designer Michael Mack.

Paula Wallace, President and Founder of SCAD, said SCAD graduates work for some of the biggest names in the footwear industry, noting that SCAD alumnus Quintin Williams started Q4Sports, of which he is the co-founder and chief global designer, along with NBA stars.

“Many SCAD bees are already at the top of the sneaker game, and SCAD’s new sneaker design program is empowering future sneakerheads around the world to launch their creative careers. It’s a slam dunk,” Wallace said. .


Abdul J. Gaspar