Footwear Design in Spain

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Second year Footwear Design students enrolled on the Bespoke/Biomechanics (FOOT2506) module and MA Footwear students are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 35 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Footwear Design students have a fantastic opportunity to visit Spain’s INESCOP, one of the largest and most respected research centres in the world.

You will fly out to Alicante to spend a two day in the picturesque town of Elda, visiting the centre to find out about the latest cutting-edge footwear techniques, technology and software.

In addition, you will visit renowned footwear factories and have a chance to go to Museo Del Calzado (Elda Footwear Museum) to learn about the technology – both contemporary and historic – used in footwear design and production.

You will then travel to vibrant Alicante for three days, experiencing the wonderful mix of boutique shops along the city’s grand avenues and the bohemian chic atmosphere along the medieval streets of the Barrio de Santa Cruz neighbourhood.

This opportunity will help to widen your knowledge of footwear trends, manufacturing processes, fittings and bespoke production.

Cultural activities

The itinerary will include the chance explore the city’s extensive cultural attractions including the Santa Barbara CastleArchaeological Museum, Basilica of Santa Maria and Gravina Museum of Fine Art – for design inspiration.

Travel and accommodation

Travel and accommodation will be booked by the faculty for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the remaining amount following confirmation of their place. The #DMUglobal bursary will be deducted from the cost of the trip.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Spanish immigration requirements. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to Spain and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 4 November 2019
  • Return date: Friday 8 November 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel, accommodation, UK and in-country transfers, INESCOP and footwear museum entry: £450
  • Students will also be required to pay for additional cultural visits, food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Wednesday 26 June 2019 9am