Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design


Faculty of Fashion Industry


GARKAVENKO Svitlana Stepanivna

Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, Head of the Department

Address: 01011 Kyiv, Nemirovich-Danchenko str., 2, building 2, rooms 2-0402,2-0403, 2-0404,

2-0406, 2-0408, 2-0410, 2-0410а, 2-0412, 2-0413, 2-0414, 2-0502, 2-0507, 2-512

For more information:

+38044-256-29-41 - head of the department
+38044-256-21-14 - teachers' room
+38044-256-21-72 - head of the training laboratory , computer room №2
+38044-256-21-20  - computer room №1
About the Department
History of the Department

The department was created in collaboration with Kyiv leather-shoe Institute in April 1930. It was placed together with the institute in Velyka Zhytomyrska str., 32, in Kyiv. The students of the department were workers with working experience. Topolyanskyy N.G., who was the head of the department, taught the course Technologies of leather products. In July 1941, the institute and the department were evacuated to Russia to the station. Hrompik Sverdlovsk region. By 1941, training of shoemakers was conducted only in one group on the course, which since 1941 have decreased by almost half. In 1942-43 students were not taken. Topolyansky N.G. (who was a deputy director for scientific work and the dean of Mechanics and Technology Faculty) and one assistant taught all major subjects. In addition, these specialists performed a great job in a factory "Uralobuv" in technological preparation of manufacture shoes for the front.

In 1944 the institute and department returned to Kyiv and were ranked in the building of the former factory in Klovska str. 16 (now building №1 in Nemirovich-Danchenko str.).

The building was damaged, there were no windows and a dining room, central heating did not work, the electric light was often turned. Training was conducted in incompleted groups. There were not enough textbooks, paper and stationery. Students lived near the classrooms, often preparing for lessons in the light of nightlight, cooked on a fire in the yard and so on.

Since 1944/45, the number of teachers has increased. Pre-war graduates Kalyka S.B. and Dubynsky E.A. came to help Topolyansky N.G. They taught such subjects as “shoe production equipment "," material study" and "labour safety”. Veterans, including Balutenko V.V., Orlov I.V. (later the rector of the KTILI), Kas’yanenko V.V. (later the Minister of Light Industry of Ukraine), Roslyk G.I., Skaterny V.A., Talochko V.I. (future scientists – lecturers of the department) came to study. Among them there was the current president of the Academy of Technological Sciences, professor, doctor of Technical Sciences Nesterov V.P., future leaders of different levels such as Garkavenko S.F., Kulchytsky S.I. and others.

In 1951 the department was renamed the Department of Technology of leather. The enrollment of students increased to 2 groups, and in a year or two it increased to 3 groups. Among students of the 50s there was PhD Konoval V.P., prof. Lobza G.S., docents Bohushko A.A. Chobitko M.I. and many others that tempered the industry and strengthened its science in 60-80s.

Since 1964 training of engineers for 2 specialties: an engineer-technologist (code 1108) and engineer-designer (code 1113) of leather products has been conducted at the department.

Since 1961 department has  trained post-graduate students not only for our country, as well as scholars from the citizens of Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and other countries.

In 1965, in connection with the preparation of designers, the department was renamed the department of designing and technology of leather products. This name has survived until today. By the 40th anniversary (1970) of the department 5 PhDs had been working there, whose preparation was carried out on the results of scientific research carried out at the Institute.

In the 70s extramural classes attached to evening-classes, and the number of graduates of the department was almost 200 students per year in the late 80s and early 90s.

In different years the department was led by the prominent specialists of footwear industry: from 1950 to 1963 - Ph.D. Afanas'yev Olexander Afanasiyovych; from 1963 to 1975 - Doctor of Technical Sciences, Prof. Kupriyanov Mykhailo Petrovych; from 1975 to 1980 - PhD. docent Tonkovyd Leonid Andriyovych; from 1981 to 1986 - Doctor of Technical Sciences, Prof. Nesterov Vladyslav Petrovych; from 1986 to 1988 - Doctor of Technical Sciences, Prof. Skaterny Vasyl' Olexiyovych; from 1988 to 2012 - Doctor of Technical Sciences, Prof. Konoval Victor Pavlovych.

Head of Department
from 1950 to 1963

Doctor of Technical Sciences, Prof.
Head of Department
from 1963 to 1975

Doctor of Technical Sciences, Prof.
Head of Department
from 1975 to 1980

Doctor of Technical Sciences, Prof.
Head of Department
from 1981 to 1986

Doctor of Technical Sciences, Prof.
Head of Department
from 1986 to 1988'

Doctor of Technical Sciences, Prof.
Head of Department
from 1988 to 2012

Doctor of Technical Sciences, Prof.
Head of Department
from 2012


During this time at the department under his leadership and direct participation for the first time at the institute a transition to the accelerated learning plan for students both full-time and extramural forms of teaching, who graduated from colleges with a degree was organized; students were trained on contract with the enterprise; a research area was created; a computer lab was completed and others.

Nowadays the department is placed in rooms with a total area 1295 m2; has special lecture rooms, 2 computer labs, 5 educational and scientific laboratories where 40 computers are situated.

All the years of the department existence were related to research work. The first major researches were started in the 50s under the supervision of docent Afanas'yev O.A. The increase in research and deepening of the theory was made by prof. Kupriyanov M.P. in the 60s.

Professor, Doctor of Technical Sciences Nesterov V.P. created a scientific school to improve methods of technological preparation of production at the design stage, and Professor, Doctor of Technical Sciences Skaterny V.O. created methods of the economical use of shoe materials during cutting using computers.

Under the guidance of prof., Doctor of Technical Sciences Tonkovid L.A. technological bases of automation of assembling shoes were developed and implemented in semi-automatic lines (LTC).

Prof., Doctor of Technical Sciences Konoval V.P. with researchers and post-graduate students became the founders of the method of designing of the internal form and calculation of size and fullness range of footwear based on anatomical and biomechanical properties of the foot.

Docents, Ph.D. Ryabets' O.I. and Pilyayev O.V. developed a specialized CAD of shoes "IRIS", and in 2005-2007 department staff created a new system ARTIK which is used not only in the learning process, but also on many shoe enterprises of the country.

These and other works which have been performed at the department, received wide recognition and use; their relevance has been confirmed in defence of 5 doctoral and 70 PhD thesis; teachers have prepared and published 30 monographs and textbooks, received 60 patents and published more than 800 articles.

Much attention is paid not only education but also research work of students. Approximately 30% of students are engaged in research work in various areas under the supervision of the department teachers. Student's Shoe House which was created at the department, has been working for a lot of time. Students develop and produce advanced designs of shoes and leather goods for various purposes. Designs of  student's Shoe House have been recognized both in Ukraine (annual prizes at nationwide competitions of young fashion footwear designers) and other countries (in Russia at the International competitions of young designers «Mosshoes Style», «Admyralteyskaya igla" in Spain). Each year 30-40 scientific articles and abstracts with students' participation are published in the open press and about 60 presentations are listened to at student scientific conferences. According to the results of the annual reports department occupies leading positions at the university for student research work.

Teaching staff widely uses good scientific basis, advanced practices and knowledge of the foundations of science about leather products in mainly functional activity, the conduct of the educational process. Intensification of the educational process, development and implementation of new advanced forms of education, preparation of textbooks, increasing their professional and pedagogical skills became the key to the success of the department in training of highly qualified specialists. There are more than 6,000 of them in all forms of education have been trained for more than 80 years, including more than 650 design engineers and 50 experts for Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Vietnam, Germany, Cuba, Mongolia, Romania, Iraq.

It is the first department at the university that in the early 90s moved to integrated training plans after colleges; created classes that oriented graduates at the university in Darnitskiy technical lyceum and in Brusilov Kyiv region.

To improve continuous training of I-IV levels of education a complex with Kyiv lyceum, light industry technical school and Dnipropetrovsk polytechnic school was established at the department.

In order to prepare a generalist specialists new courses: "CAD leather products", "Principles of composition and graphic art", "Artistic design of leather products", "Custom tailoring, repair and innovation products with leather and other materials ","Selection of basic materials", "Methodology of modern scientific research", "Artistic design and selection of basic materials" and others were introduced and taught at the department.

Graduates of the department work in the CIS and abroad. They include government officials, staff of international organizations (Franz Shmel (Hungary) - Member of the International Union of shoemaker), deputies of Ukraine, directors and chief engineers of enterprises, academics, professors, doctors and candidates of sciences.

Teaching Staff

13 highly qualified teachers, including 3 professors, 9 associate professors, 1 assistant and 4 persons of academic-support staff conduct preparation of bachelors and masters at the department.

GARKAVENKO Svitlana Stepanivna, doctor of technical sciences, professor, head of the department.

KONOVAL Victor Pavlovych, professor, doctor of technical sciences, an honored worker of education of Ukraine.

BABYCH Antonina Ivanivna, PhD, associate professor, secretary of the department.

IVASENKO Maria Valentinovna, PhD, associate professor.

KAMENETS’ Sergiy Yevgenovych, PhD, associate professor.

KERNESH Viktoria Pylypivna, PhD, associate professor.

OBRIZAN Volodymyr Anatoliovich, PhD, associate professor.

PERVAYA Natalia Volodymyrivna, PhD, associate professor.

CHERTENKO Liliya Pavlivna, PhD, associate professor.

BORCHEVSKAYA Natalia Mihailovna, assistant

STECUK Iryna Oleksiivna, assistant

YEVDOKYMENKO Lyudmyla Myhaylivna, head of the scientific laboratories of the department.

SLYVA Lyudmyla Olexiivna, educational master.

RZHAVICHEVA Larysa Mykolaivna, master of industrial training.

DAVYDENKO Ivan Ivanovych, master of industrial training.

Educational and Laboratory Facilities

The department is located on the 4th floor of the second building of the KNUTD. These are laboratories of Principles of composition and artistic graphics, Construction of leather products, Technologies of leather products, Commodity research and Commodity examination, Tooling of shoe production. In addition, 70 m2 were allocated for laboratories where there is educational, laboratory and scientific equipment with a total value of more than 500 thousand UAD. In the laboratories of the department there are about 300 pairs of lasts of different styles and over 1500 samples of shoes of different footwear firms and years of manufacture.

The educational and research training shoe section operates at the department and students of the department have the opportunity not only to learn subjects, creatively develop and design their own shoes there, but practice of their production and introduction into manufacturing.

Scientific Activity

In recent years, the staff published more than 500 scientific and educational and methodical works, 16 textbooks, 7 of them labeled with MES of Ukraine. 12 of them published in Ukrainian. Teachers and students regularly take part in scientific conferences and publish articles in specialized periodicals.

Teachers of the department are involved in the development of scientific topics of state direction "Advanced information technologies of production of consumer goods."

Educational and Methodological Support

All courses taught at the department according to the curriculum, are provided the necessary educational and methodological documentation, typical and working programs, methodological instructions, lecture notes, test questions, etc., which are periodically renewed. Lecture notes of all educational disciplines were developed in electronic form. According to the lecturer university plan teachers of the department prepare manuals and textbooks for publication. Teachers of the department have issued "Universal reference of a shoemaker", "Russian-Ukrainian saddlery dictionary", educational and methodological complex of subjects and lecture notes.

In recent years, more than 17 textbooks and 25 methodological instructions were published.

Directions of Qualification Training and Specialities

Formation and development of general and professional competences in the field of modeling and manufacturing leather products that aimed at getting by students knowledge and skills in designing shoes, leather haberdashery products, gloves, belts, fur products, accessories and other consumer goods of mass and individual production and for special purpose.

Specialty has four specializations:

  • computer design leather products;
  • designing footwear, leather goods and saddlery products;
  • technology footwear, leather goods and saddlery products;
  • examination of materials and leather products.

After graduation, the student receives a higher education and obtain the degree in engineering (designer, technologist), specialty "Designing footwear and haberdashery." During the period of study, students learn about 50 disciplines of different directions.

The department has postgraduate and doctoral courses in specialty "Technology of footwear, leather and fur products."

Prospects for Students

After graduation, the graduate will know:

  • Systems and methods of designing and construction of products;
  • Typical methods of manufacturing products;
  • Regulations on the designing of flows and small businesses;
  • Technology of products manufacturing;
  • Quality management systems;
  • Procedures and rules for the use of computer-aided product design (CAD);
  • Principles of management and marketing.

After training specialist will be able to:

  • use the known methods of designing and construction of products;
  • use the typical methods of manufacturing products and develop new ones;
  • conduct rehabilitation of existing design flows and design new ones for the production of products;
  • design technological processes of manufacturing products using computer-aided design, including the use of AWP technologies;
  • design constructions in CAD software system;
  • independently design and produce different shoes and haberdashery.

The training levels of bachelor, specialist and master allow him:

  • to work at the civil, commercial and joint ventures for the manufacture and repair of footwear, haberdashery and saddlery products;
  • to open his own business for the manufacture or repair of footwear and haberdashery;
  • to engage in teaching at commercial or public higher or secondary schools.

In 2019 150 students studied on five courses of full-time section of all specializations and more than a hundred – on the extra-mural section.

For 85 years more than 6,500 specialists has been trained in all forms of education, including more than 700 design engineers and 50 experts for Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Vietnam, Germany, Cuba, Mongolia, Romania, Iraq.


New creative specializations of shoe specialty include the development of a range of design disciplines, whose main task is to help to reveal the inner potential of a student, to orient him on continuous development and improvement of professional skill and talent.

The initial phase of the design masterpiece is the development of sketches. The most progressive approach to the implementation of this phase of work is the use of modern computer graphics software. 


Students are not limited by the theoretical study of specialized courses. Professionalism is acquired through hard productive work, in practice production areas, developing and manufacturing their own designer collections of footwear, accessories and clothing.


The best collections of footwear designed by our students participate in many specialized competitions of young designers of fashion footwear, "Pecherski kashtany" (Kyiv), "Modnyi koloryt" (Mukachevo) as well as abroad. Students receive the high praise of a jury in various categories, that is confirmed by diplomas and awards.

Demonstrating their own competitive collections or collections of their friends, students gain the valuable experience in the fashion show.


First place Prêt-a-porter ”Lifestyle” Zvarischuk Carolina Sementsov Alexander



Second place Prêt-a-porter ”Titan” Kir'yanova Irina, Natalia Kir'yanova


Third place Prêt-a-porter ”New modern combination”. Victoria Popova, Natalia Hapon



Rose mallow” Tukalo Natalia, Rіtshel Katerina


Second place Prêt-a-porter ”Evolution”. Goncharenko Bogdan



First place Pro-art de lux ”Shebbі chic”. Pole Sofia



Third place Accessories ”With Ukraine in the heart” Hayduk Alina, Tatyana Pylypenko, Dydyk and Yulia Zhorov Irina


First place Accessories ”Vintage”. Lyudmila Oksyuta


The quality of the higher education today largely depends not only on the ability of students to obtain skills in the training process, but also on the conditions for creative development, forming leadership skills, critical thinking and other skills that meet the goals and objectives of the Bologna process.


Graduates of the department work in the CIS and abroad. They include government officials, staff of international organizations (Franz Shmel - Hungary - member of the International union of shoemakers), deputies of Ukraine, directors and chief engineers of enterprises, academics, professors, doctors of sciences and PhDs, associate professors.

In different time Minister of Light Industry of Ukraine Kas’yanenko O.Y., Gryb A.L. - Minister of Consumer Services of Belarus, Tyau-Huje-Kahn - Minister of Light Industry of Vietnam, Deputy Ministers Varseiy Arbat (Hungary), Vasylyuk M.Z. Heads of departments and divisions of the Cabinet of Ministers or the Ministry of Light Industry of Ukraine Balutenko V.V., Balaba S.A., Aleksiyevska I.O., Garkavenko S.F., Gladkov V.K., Grad N.E., Yurchuk M.K., the rector of the KTILI Orlov I.V., a prominent party and administrative officer of the Soviet Union and Ukraine Kornienko A.I. and others, as well as directors of companies Toneva Y. (Bulgaria), Miguel Gómez (Cuba), Kulchytsky S.I. (Moldova), Shevchuk I. (Russia), Kononets L.G., Dontsova L.L., Motora S.V., Momot D.V., Kharina V.A. and dozens of others; 3 doctors, more than 40 PhDs, among them Franz Shmel (Hungary), Zarev A. (Bulgaria), and others graduated from University in the specialty which is provided by the department.

Касьяненко О.Я. Балутенко В.В.
Foreign Partnerships

The department actively participates in international exhibitions and conferences. So in January of this year at the XXVth «International Specialized Exhibition of Shoes, Leather and Fur" expositions of the department called keen interest of industry experts and current visitors.

At “International Specialized Exhibition of Shoes, Leather and Fur”

The experience and knowledge of manufacturers are widely used in the training process. The department cooperates with "Krok" plc in Zhytomyr and Kyiv orthopedic factory by the established educational-industrial complex; Zlín Faculty of Technology (Czech Republic), University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy (Sofia, Bulgaria), Budapest Institute of Technology (Hungary), Mongolian Technical University and many other departments of CIS by sharing experiences and scientific work.

To improve continuous training of I-IV levels of education a complex with Kyiv lyceum, light industry technical school and Dnipropetrovsk polytechnic school was established at the department.

It supports interdepartmental relations with related departments of Khmelnytsky University, Mukachevo Institute of Technology, Kutaisi Technical University (Georgia), Vitebsk State Technological University (Belarus), Technological Institute of Light and Food Industry (Kazakhstan), the Higher Institute of Chemical Technology (Sofia, Bulgaria). These links allow to share the experiences in research, curriculum content; participate in exhibitions, competitions of student development, hold students’ contests from relevant disciplines of specialty with some of them.