DiverCity x Design

DiverCity x Design

April 26–July 9, 2021


Registration Opens: March 9, 2021
Registration Closes: April 5, 2021

THE NORTH FACE, TIMBERLAND, AND VANS in partnership with PENSOLE are pleased to announce the launch of DiverCity by Design, an 11-week Masterclass that looks at diversity through a more holistic lens of not only ethnic backgrounds but company culture and design skills. Aspiring Designers of the future need to be more well-rounded in how they think, learn, create and exist in our industry. DiverCity x Design has a unique opportunity to present VF as ONE corporation that offers various cultural experiences, creative outlets, and career opportunities for our industry’s future.

NATIONWIDE SEARCH DiverCity by Design starts as a statewide talent search for the top (27) aspiring footwear designers that will participate in a 3-week Design Essentials course. At the end of the 3-weeks, we will narrow down the top (27) to the top (18), and they will advance to the 8-week masterclass.

  • Must be a U.S resident.
  • Stay tuned for future classes that will be open to international designers!

WINNERS The top (5) footwear designers will be selected by a panel of judges, including industry experts and leadership from VF, The North Face, Timberland, and Vans. Each winner will have the opportunity to receive a one-year paid rotational internship.


Final Application CLOSED: SUBMIT HERE



Wondering how to use the brief as inspiration for your Vans, Timberland, or The North Face design? Check out our how-to video exclusively to get tips as you get ready to sketch and submit your final design by Monday, April 5, 2021, at 5:00 pm PST.

In the meantime, check out the video below to get started! Take these tips and use them to complete your final design for our DiverCity x Design masterclass.

Download the Submission Brief Here: DiverCity x Design Submission Brief

NOTE: You have the opportunity to submit to ONE or ALL 3 briefs.


This is your chance to gain feedback from PENSOLE staff. Take the tips you learned from the how to video and then submit your second draft from March 19th-Wednesday, March 24th, by 5:00 pm PST to be included in the feedback sessions. Tune in on March 19th and March 26th to learn how to improve your concept before submitting your final design on April 5th. Download the template below to draw your design more accurately.


Download Templates Here: Feedback Fridays Template



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