Teenagers can learn fashion design by enrolling for a traditional fashion design program in a university or college, pursuing an online degree in fashion design or taking on an internship with a fashion design firm. Many accredited universities offer four-year degree courses in fashion design and other related courses.
University programs are great for teenagers to pursue because they give hands-on experience in areas such as fabric handling and art and design, as opposed to online courses, which do not incorporate practical lessons. Alternatives to degree programs include diplomas and certificates offered by colleges.
Online fashion design courses are another great way for teenagers to learn fashion design because some are actually free, and they come as part of open courseware programs run by major universities, such as MIT and Harvard. However, the free courses do not offer any form of certification or recognition to students who use them, so teenagers who want certification are better off paying for an online fashion design program that grants them some form of recognition.
A teenager also can take on an internship with a fashion design firm where she can get hands-on experience in areas such knitting, art and design and fabric handling.