After having successfully completed the Apprentice level, students are welcome to continue to the Artigiano level where they will upgrade and practice the skills acquired from the first module. During this module students will gain the ability to manufacture a pair of men’s shoes. Classes meet Monday through Friday with both morning and afternoon sessions.

“Artigiano”, level to complete and enhance the knowledge base of the first trimester. It consists of three months of intensive study and work that can lead to the “Maestro” level. The “Artigiano” program is only open to students who have completed the previous levels of study with Stefano Bemer or to applicants in the field who have a solid foundation and experience. Instructors are all professionals in the field who will impart both their theoretical and practical abilities as well as their real world experience as a shoemaker. The 2020 Training Program will be directed and supervised by Mrs. Masako Bando. Mrs Bando apprenticed for 14 years with Maestro Stefano Bemer and has been directing the training program since 2013.

what you need to know

Artigiano level fee: 8000 €. If booked together with the first level (Apprentice), the price is 13400 €. Fees include: all class works, lessons, use of laboratories, taxes and insurance.

Not included: accommodation and meals, airfare, airport transfer and meals, particular equipping requested, wooden last and material for personal projects.

Pre-enrollment necessary with a deposit of 2500€ (refunded if the application is not accepted or Visa is not granted) at the moment of the enrollment. If accepted, the deposit is lost if students decides to not attend.

Dates: March 30th until June 26th, 2020

Artisan Techniques
Leather Cutting Techniques
Bespoke Shoemaking
Upper Stitching
Last Analysis and Last Making
Language Class
In addition there is also the Workshop Practicum where students will spend 160 hours. *Indication of hours per class (per subject) is merely indicative.
Structure and Method
The “Artigiano” level (10 weeks/300 hours - divided between specific modules and supervised project completion in the workshop) aims to complete and enhance the knowledge base of the first trimester. This program is very practical and students will also engage with design and branding elements essential to developing a personal path in this industry, that will impact their future as makers, entrepreneurs or successful employees all over the world.
During this program students will also attend some special theoretical modules such as:
History of fashion
This module traces the history of italiana and western fashion from the mid-18th century to the present day. Delivered through lectures, screenings and visits, the course introduces students to understanding fashion as a social and cultural phenomenon through the examination, exploration and consideration of creativity, context and archiving.
Photography Lab
This module will provide the basic skills for taking still life picture of shoes and accessories and allow students to gain enough skills to create images for press and digital media
Design and branding elements
Students will learn the basic concepts of design approach related with leather products. Elements of Branding will drive students to be able to have an overall view on the potential of their product and brand
Working Practicum
Students will work in a professional workshop (free workshop) practicing and perfecting the use of tools and techniques learned during the Apprentice module. The final project is the production of a Stefano Bemer style pair of shoes. Students which will complete this module will be ready to become independent shoemakers
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