Become immersed in all aspects of boots and shoes with specialized instruction in footwear fitting, repairs, alterations, and basic drafting and building. This program offers departmental crossover opportunities and collaborative creativity. Past workshops have included tailoring, dyeing, jewelry, corsetry, draping, flat pattern drafting, sewing machine maintenance, wigs and makeup, prosthetics, masks, thermoplastics, life drawing, lighting, welding, and knots.
You will be responsible for setting your own goals and learning objectives, with encouragement and support from a network of mentors. These mentors will provide insight into the demands of the workplace with advice and guidance on how to advance within the industry.
What does the program offer?
While living in the picturesque Canadian Rockies, you will act as a member of the Boots & Shoes Team, learning the core skills required to become a boots and shoes technician.
You will start in the Wardrobe department, learning and expanding on foundational sewing skills and practices. You will then move on to specific boots and shoes work, exploring various techniques and materials; learning to take measurements, work with leather adhesives and paint, sew leather, draft for alterations and repurposing, and check for safety concerns.
You will explore design research, historical research, and production techniques specifically related to footwear. You will also have opportunities to engage with visiting artists to expand your knowledge base and professional network.
Who should apply?
Are you looking to develop your skills and capabilities, with an interest in specializing in boots and shoes as a profession? We are seeking applicants who have a strong creative ability and visual sense, who enjoy working with their hands and have an eye for detail.
Basic hand and machine sewing skills and an ability to visualize both in two and three dimensions are assets. Basic drafting skills and an ability to manipulate a range of materials outside the wardrobe scope are also assets.
Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with a special invitation to individuals of Indigenous descent.
You are eligible for Banff Centre housing (based on availability). You are responsible for your own room and board costs. Current rates for Banff Centre accommodation are $8.06 / day (shared) or $16.12 / day (single) and will be deducted from the living allowance.
As space is extremely limited, Banff Centre housing is available for practicum participants only.
You will receive a living allowance of $61 per day.
Note that financial assistance and stipend awards are considered taxable income for Revenue Canada.
Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym, and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.
Fees & Financial Assistance
Application fee: $65
*The weekly program fee is covered 100% by financial assistance.
Successful applicants will receive a daily living allowance while part of the program. Practicums are responsible for their own room and board costs but are eligible for subsidized Banff Centre housing based on availability (see What's Included for more information).
How to Apply
Start dates for this program may be flexible. Please note your availability in your personal statement.
Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to technical merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the technician’s career will benefit from the program.
Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete.
International applicants: Government of Canada international visitor visa regulations limit participation to no longer than six months.
All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.