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Course Descriptions

LD 181
Ergonomics for Athletic Footwear
2 credits
This in-depth study of the ergonomic requirements of footwear for myriad athletic activities focuses on the anatomy and function of the lower extremities while maintaining design considerations. Students learn technical features and engineering requirements such as cushioning, shock resistance, and lateral support as well as environmental and safety issues.

LD 182
Performance Materials for Athletic Footwear
Prerequisite: LD 181
2 credits
Students learn about the different types of performance materials used in all aspects of athletic footwear construction.

LD 184
Athletic Footwear Sketching

2.5 credits; 1 lecture and 3 studio hours per week
Prerequisite: LD 182 Students learn to hand-sketch the components of performance athletic footwear and integrate sketch development, function, and technology into the footwear design.

LD 185
Athletic Footwear Drafting
2.5 credits; 1 lecture and 3 studio hours per week
Prerequisite: LD 184 Students draft the components of an athletic shoe using both freehand and CAD. A history of the athletic footwear industry and the integration of technology in athletic footwear are introduced. Students make a model of an outsole design.

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