The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is doubling down on its sneaker push this year by unveiling a new scholarship.
The new funding, called the Wish Atlanta Sneaker Design Scholarship, will be awarded to three students pursuing a minor in the college’s newly launched sneaker design program. The first winners will be for the 2022-2023 academic year.
According to SCAD, the new grant is funded by the Wish Foundation and entrepreneur and philanthropist Lauren Amos, chair of the foundation’s board of directors and founder of Atlanta specialty retailer Wish.
“When we heard the news from SCAD about the creation of the Sneaker Design Minor, we were very excited to get involved,” Amos told FN. “SCAD students are so talented and this opportunity to support students through the Wish Atlanta Sneaker Design Scholarship will allow students to apply their talents to our ever-growing industry!”
This new scholarship follows the April launch of the school’s first sneaker design minor. Based on student interest and alumni success in industry, SCAD said the minor is designed to further enhance professional qualifications and propel graduates to the top of a growing and lucrative field. .
Offered within the School of Fashion, the new sneaker design minor is available to students at SCAD Savannah and Atlanta locations and includes new courses “specifically created to amplify new and sustainable design and manufacturing practices,” a said the school.
The minor consists of five courses designed to develop students’ design knowledge and skills in sketching, rendering, concept development, digital prototyping, and branding for luxury and high-performance sneakers. These courses provide SCAD students with access to cutting-edge technological resources and ensure that students complete the minor with a professional-grade portfolio that includes physical and digital prototypes of original sneaker designs.
The launch of the minor news coincided with the debut of a sneaker-inspired exhibit at the school’s SCAD Museum of Fashion + Film in Atlanta. Titled “Face Value,” the exhibition, on view until September 11, features more than 30 works by visual artist Gary Lockwood, also known as “Freehand Profit,” who deconstructs sought-after sneakers and reinterprets them into ornate masks.
As for Amos, she continues to expand her influence on the Atlanta fashion scene with the opening of a new retail concept. Located at 525 Bishop Street NW, the new concept, called “ANT/DOTE”, opened in May with a luxury designer perspective. Brands like Comme des Garçons, Craig Green, Jil Sander, Junya Watanabe, Mugler, Paco Rabanne, Rick Owens and Y/Project fill the space ranging from ready-to-wear, footwear, accessories, jewelry, skincare skin and perfumes.