Fashion Institute of Technology faculty, together with leaders from Complex and across the sneaker world, will teach you about the key areas, and related career opportunities in the ever-evolving sneaker industry through Yellowbrick’s sneaker essentials course.

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Instructors and Industry Experts


Learn The Business

Get insider access to key areas of the industry with 45+ on-demand video lessons, and build real-world skills through self-paced projects and simulations.

Map Your Career

Learn about all the various career paths in the sneaker world, and get first-hand tips and advice on how to achieve your goals from the biggest names in the business.

Boost Your Cred

Earn a Certificate of Achievement in Sneaker Essentials from the world-renowned FIT to add to your profile.

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Explore the history of sneakers – from performance, to fashion, to self-expression – and the evolution of sneaker culture.

Gain an understanding of design considerations including the design brief, color, materials, parts and lasts, sketching and drafting, tech packs, and prototyping.

Go inside the factory to see how sneakers are made and learn about key steps like pattern making, upper assembly, outsole application, and production.

Learn about the ways a sneaker gets to market through exploration of trade shows, traditional and non-traditional retail, boutiques, select release dates and drop strategy, and conventions.

Dive into marketing strategy with modules on brand strategy, creating a brand story, marketing tactics, digital apps and web marketing, endorsements, collaborations, and more.

The experts from Complex lead instruction on sneaker media, social and video strategy, game changers in sneaker media history, and teach you how to create your own media.

Sneaker Law co-creators, Kenneth Anand and Jared Goldstein, guide you on how to get your sneaker business off the ground. Learn about company structures, intellectual property, how to protect your brand, and what you need to consider when making a sneaker deal.

Level up. On YOUR schedule.

The program includes 7 online course modules, and related skill-building activities. Each module is 3-5 hours, and is broken into several shorter lessons that students complete at their own pace. Students earn a non-credit certificate of completion from FIT.
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