Teen Programs

The Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum hosts the Design By Hand Clay Bead Design Teen Workshop presented by Heath Ceramics at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Center


The design field is exploding with in-demand, 21st-century jobs in product design, interaction design, architecture, fashion, and more! Our FREE programs offer students real-world experiences in design, exploring the many ways designers think and make.

Our hands-on workshops, led by professional designers, will help you build your skills and portfolio. While working on design projects, you’ll also learn about designers’ creative processes, including how they solve problems,

During our studio visits, go behind the scenes at working design firms and see what it’s like to work as a designer. And learn about more opportunities to study design on DesignPrep college tours to local art and design schools.

Program registration is now open.
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Past designers and firms include: Tim Gunn, Todd Oldham, Nike, Kate Spade, J.Crew, Google, Van Cleef & Arpels, Marimekko, and many, many more!


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

Sophomore scholars attend a week-long design camp, while juniors and seniors are placed in paid summer design internships.

The 5-semester program is open by application every fall to current sophomores.


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; they can be shared with friends and teachers, and help with college applications.


Every year during National Design Week, Cooper Hewitt hosts the Teen Design Fair, where teens are invited to talk with top designers working in the fields of fashion, product design, architecture, graphic design, and more! Explore design careers from professional designers, discover career paths, learn the complexities of what designers do, and find out what designers love about their jobs. Design colleges from across the country are also on hand to answer questions.

Past designers include: Tim Gunn, Cynthia Rowley, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, and designers from Facebook, Ann Taylor Loft, Kenneth Cole, Heath Ceramics, Milton Glaser, Smart Design, Pentagram, Rocawear, and Herman Miller.

Past design colleges include: Parsons, SVA, RISD, SAIC, CalArt, FIT, and Pratt.