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SCAD Introduces Sneaker Design Minor

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has launched its first-ever sneaker design minor. Based on student interest and alumni success in the athletic footwear industry, the minor is designed to further enhance professional credentials and propel graduates to the top of the growing, $80 billion-plus field.

“From streetwear to sportswear, SCAD Bees define what is hot, haute and happening,” states SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace. “SCAD grads work for the biggest names in the shoe game. They launch their own lines, too, like Q4 Sports, where SCAD alum Quintin Williams teams up with NBA stars to design shoes that command the spotlight. So many SCAD Bees are already at the top of the sneaker game, and SCAD’s new sneaker design program empowers future sneakerheads everywhere to leap into their creative careers. It’s a slam dunk.”

The SCAD sneaker design minor is available to students at both SCAD Savannah and Atlanta locations and includes new courses specifically created to amplify innovative and sustainable design and manufacturing practices. The minor includes five courses designed to develop students’ knowledge and design skills in sketching, rendering, concept development, digital prototyping and branding for luxury and high-performance sneakers. These courses provide SCAD students with access to leading technology resources and ensure students complete the minor with a professional-quality portfolio that includes both physical and digital prototypes of original sneaker designs.

Coinciding with the launch of the sneaker design minor, the school will showcase talented student and alumni designs in an exhibition at SCAD Studio in Atlanta through Dec. 2. Alumni Zaneta Horne (M.A., design management, 2018; B.F.A., industrial design, 2015), Vincent Vu (M.Arch., 2008; B.F.A., architecture, 2007), Carson Whittaker (M.A., industrial design, 2018), Quintin Williams (B.F.A., industrial design, 2011), and current accessory design students Tim Buchanan and Jordan Earley are featured.

For more information on the SCAD sneaker design minor, visit

Alumni Portrait – Winter 2022 – Quintin Williams, BFA Industrial Design (IDUS) 2011 – AMLI Lenox, Atlanta – Photography Courtesy of SCAD
SCAD Savannah – Winter 2022 – School of Fashion – Sneaker (SNKR) Design Minor – Classroom Coverage – Accessory Design (ACCE) Faculty Michael Mack – Eckburg Hall – Photography Courtesy of SCAD

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