Teen Programs

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About DesignPrep

DesignPrep is a series of FREE programs, including workshops, studio and college visits, that focuses on all design disciplines from fashion and architecture to product design. DesignPrep participants also have the opportunity to take part in programs offered through the Hive Learning Network. Various DesignPrep programs are offered throughout the year—check out videos from previous workshops to see the type of experiences offered.

Registration is now open for programs. Reserve your spot now!

Digital Badges

As part of DesignPrep, teens can earn digital badges. These digital credentials are based on the design skills and knowledge gathered during any one of DesignPrep’s free programs. 

Earn a badge now by completing the Badge Design Challenge!

Show off your design achievements to potential employers, internships, and school applications by collecting digital badges TODAY! Create an account to collect and store all the badges you earn at our different DesignPrep Workshops and Events.

The Scholars Program

The Scholars Program is an intensive design experience that includes portfolio development, professional skill building, college trips, studio visits, paid internship placements, and other unique opportunities for teens interested in preparing for college and careers in design.

Interested in being a Cooper-Hewitt Scholar? New Scholars are recruited every December, check back here for updates and the latest application.

Cover Design Competition

Every year, the New York City Department of Education distributes thousands of school directories to students and their families throughout New York City. The Cover Design Competition encourages high school students to reflect on their lives as public school students in New York City and express their ideas artistically in the form of a cover design. This competition is an opportunity for high school students to work with a real-world client, learn how to develop a design with a professional designer, and gain practical creative experience they can take with them after high school.

The Teen Design Fair

An annual event held in New York City and Washington, D.C., the Teen Design Fair is a special opportunity for teens who want to learn about design careers from National Design Award winners and others working at the top their fields in fashion, interaction, communications, architecture, and more.

A City of Neighborhoods

A City of Neighborhoods (ACON) is a multi-week program that investigates urban design and city planning. ACON gives teens the opportunity to explore community, identify design challenges, and propose solutions while using the latest technologies to aid in the development of hands-on designs. If selected, participants will learn about the design process.

You will gain real work experience, collaborate with professional designers, and earn community service hours. Applications are currently closed.

Hive Fashion

Hive Fashion is an intensive multi-session fashion program for New York City youth. Through the active participation of fashion professionals, such as Christopher Bevans, Creative Director for Jay-Z and Pharrell Williams’s Billionaire Boys Club (BBC), Hive Fashion draws on a rich network of industry expertise and its many resources for youth mentorship—including professionally endorsed credentials such as the creation of a BBC and Rocawear Fashion Badge. Stay connected and look for updates on Tumblr and Twitter @HiveFashion.

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