Design Intensive

Fall 2019 Term

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Color & Material | Footwear | Functional Apparel & Accessories – Design Intensive 

This intensive is offered through PENSOLE Academy.

Students work on interdisciplinary teams comprised of a student focusing on one of the following emphases: 3D Materialization, 3D Modeling (footwear), Color & Material Design, Footwear Design, or Functional Apparel & Accessory Design.

Program Information


PENSOLE  offers an interdisciplinary Design Intensive on the following emphases: 3D Materialization, 3D Modeling (MODO/footwear), Color & Material Design, Footwear Design, and Functional Apparel & Accessories Design. We will be accepting 35-40 students from around the world for this session. 

Our Design Intensive Program (D.I.P) will prepare students for what it is like to have an internship at a top sportswear brand through our ‘learn-by-doing’ curriculum. 

The top sportswear and performance brands in the industry will be a part of this program and will be offering their guidance and mentorship to students assigned to work on their brand. The program will culminate with presentations to representatives from these brands. This exposure is an unusual opportunity for students to show what they can offer these companies.


Design Intensive students will experience a broad scope of academic topics in a holistic setting:

Professional Practices

    • Students are exposed to the expectations of the professional environment in the design industry. Emphasis is placed on developing students’ presentation skills, resumes, preparation for job interviews, development of professional portfolios, websites and networking.

Communication Practices

    • Students will develop skills to strengthen communication practices in the design industry. This will include time management, storytelling, research, presentations, interaction, and relationship skills, as well as, physical and social networking.

Design Process

    • Students are introduced to the design process and how it applies to various design fields. With a focus in two-dimensional work, students will be taught through lecture, demos, individual assignments, and critiques. Guest lectures from individuals who are active in the industry, one-on-one mentorship, and case studies will help students gain an understanding of the industry. Teamwork will also be explored to further the exposure students have to real-world work environments. Students will learn to balance the importance of individual work as it pertains to teamwork; finding creative solutions to effectively solve problems in multiple facets

Research Methods

    • Students will develop best practices for factually supporting their design development by defining the following: brand history, defining the consumer, defining the competition, identifying the intended use, selecting inspiration, and identifying the performance/innovation of the design. Introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods, user-centered observation and assessment, modeling for research, and case studies, will all be informative in establishing the content behind designs. They will use the tools that best pertain to the design challenges for each given project.

Prototype Development

    • Students are introduced to the techniques and materials for translating 2D designs into physical 3D models. Implementing tech packs and best materials practices & processes to quickly turn out prototypes to help refine the design/manufacturing process. Students gain a depth of knowledge into the making of product both on a small and large scale. Workshop safety and etiquette will be covered.

Digital Imaging/CAD

    • In this course, students develop digital visualization techniques as it applies to their specific track of study. Foundations of Adobe Illustrator are taught across the board. Advanced Illustrator, CAD and Autodesk Fusion 360 are explored when tracks branch into advanced tech pack work for their specific discipline.


    • Deep dive into raw materials for footwear and soft goods industries. Identification and manufacturing processes for multiple types of materials introduced and how they influence the design process. Emphasis on material characteristics for intended performance, functional qualities of materials, vendor relationships, sustainability, manufacturing, and best practices. Materials covered: Textiles, Synthetics, Leather, Natural, and Polymers. Students will build a personal catalog of all materials covered in this course as a reference for future use.

Color Fundamentals/Color Strategy

    • Students will explore the basic principles of design as it relates to color. This class will be lecture/lab based; teaching through demonstration and workshop formats. Key points as they relate to design principles: components of color, color psychology, color application, color proportion, the influence of color on materials and the relationship between color and the material it is applied to. In conjunction with Strategy, students will learn to mix color from pigment to create a color scale based on hues and tints. The second part of the class will be more digital in nature. The focus will be on creating color palettes to support product story and applying color to line art of individual projects as well as collections.


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Portland, OR 97209



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