As a leather designer, you will be involved in designing and manufacturing of leather products by integrating design concepts with material knowledge.
Leather Designers with expertise in fashion, designing and material knowledge are involved in design and develop of new leather products either by associating with any company , or their own.They have to design various leather products by bringing innovative ideas and aesthetic sense without losing the quality and customer expectations of the products.
To take up undergraduate studies in design you can choose any stream at +2 level. However if you wish to take up BTech in Leather Technology at bachelor’s level you should opt for Science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
You can take up a BDes course of four year duration with specialisation in Leather design / Leather goods and accessory design offered by institutes in India (NIFT/ FDDI). If you are interested in pursuing a course in leather technology a 4 year Btech in Leather technology (CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute- Chennai) or a 3 year diploma in Leather Goods and Footwear Technology (Govt. Polytechnic, Mumbai) can be pursued. Bachelors courses which include leather designing as part of the curriculum, like BA (Hons) Leather for Fashion (University of Northampton) and BFA-Fashion designing (Pratt University) are available in universities abroad.
A master’s course exclusively for leather design is not commonly available but you can take up MDes in Apparel design or Lifestyle Accessory design which include design of leather items.
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Leather designers need to come up with new and innovative ideas when they design products including footwear,bags, sports materials etc.
Leather designers need to effectively communicate with different customers to know their expectations about the product.
According to the changing trends and needs of people, leather designers need to adopt new designs or models.
Designers should have the ability to complete work within a period of time according to the need of customers.
Leather designers may change their plans according to the interests of their customers and have to adopt different ideas or model from anywhere based on their needs.