Fashion, Lifestyle, Teen Vogue Course

Fashion Course with Teen Vogue and Parsons School of Design

September 17, 2015

Ok so I’m so happy I can finally spill the beans of the new course I am starting this week. Teen Vogue and Parsons School of Design have joined together to create a 10 week online fashion course titled: ‘Certificate in Fashion Industry Essentials’, and I will be taking part in the first ever cohort of this course.


Anyone who knows me knows how much I’ve loved fashion all my life. It’s always been a part of everything I’ve done, and I think after spending the last year in New York and seeing the opportunities there are out there I’m definitely in a place where I want to take it more seriously. If you have something you know you love why shouldn’t you be learning about it, working for it, playing with it?

Fashion has always been a passion of mine and has always been something I always wanted to study- but there wasn’t a huge variety of courses to choose from when I was finishing school, so I chose to do Communications Studies in Dublin City University – which I loved every second of. It was very broad and had lots of creative modules, meaning you could take from the course whatever you wanted and whatever you decided put into it. In college I was always very active with my colleges fashion society ‘DCU Style Society’ and in my final year I was the co-editor of my college’s fashion magazine ‘The Look‘.

I was so happy to hear of this new course that Teen Vogue and Parsons are launching, I feel very lucky that I have the opportunity to study it after finishing college. The flexibility of an online course is great for me as I’m working full time and trying to keep up with my blog, it means I can delve into the course work at my own pace.


The course content looks so amazing, informative and useful for moving forward with. It really is everything you’d need to start a great career in fashion:

Course 1: Unlocking your Visual Style

Course 2: Thinking like a Designer

Course 3: Understanding Fashion Production

Course 4: Working in Fashion Media

Course 5: Developing Fashion Marketing & PR Skills

Course 6: Fashion Essentials Final Project

The course itself will have interactive elements, with videos from Parsons School of Design staff and supplementary reading material from Teen Vogue. Each course is then reinforced with assignments based on the topics. The lessons learnt will be easily applied to real life with the advice received from Teen Vogue experts and other fashion industry leaders such as Rebecca Minkoff, International Fashion Designer; Amy Astley, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue; and Francesca Sammaritano, Parsons Faculty and former Fashion Designer for Calvin Klein.


Rings are Carat & Bronzallure from Matthew Stephens, Limerick

In total, the online course is equivalent to a full semester course with 42+ hours of online instruction and 70+ on-demand video lessons taught by more than twenty instructors and a combination of skills and career-focused assignments. At the end you will have a professional fashion portfolio that has been reviewed and evaluated and is ready to be taken to an interview. Upon completion, you receive a certificate from both Teen Vogue and Parsons School of Design – a great thing to add to any CV/ Resumé.

I will be doing blog posts every two weeks as I go through each section of the course – I’ll fill you all in with the details of the coursework, the subject topics, the teachers and anything else I find useful along the way. Be sure to follow @teenvogue on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat for updates about the course, as well as myself on InstagramTwitter (louisecooney_) and Snapchat (lou1409).

To learn more and/or sign up for the course, click here.

Photos by Edelle Kenny (Insta: @edellecarmelkenny)

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  • Reply Grace November 2, 2015 at 12:24 am

    I’m happy to hear how much you are enjoying the course;I just signed up for the November session and I couldn’t be more excited!

    • Reply Louise Cooney November 2, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Hi Grace,

      I’m so happy to hear you’re doing the course too! I can’t believe I’m starting the fourth section already – the time has just flown by!


  • Reply Kavita K January 19, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Hi! Are there video interactive classes or is it on a chat platform?

    • Reply Louise Cooney January 20, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      Hi Kavita,

      They have videos of the industry experts teaching you – it’s very interactive. The chat between classmates is on a chat platform.

      Hope this helps,

      Louise x

      • Reply Kavita K January 27, 2016 at 7:47 pm

        Thank you for your reply Louise! x

  • Reply Teresa R April 13, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Hi Louise!

    I’d like to know the price of this course as I have already studied other MBA in fashion and I’m wondering if I can afford it.

    Thank you xx

    • Reply Hazel September 13, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Teresa! The overall cost is around $600. I wanted to enroll, but it was too expensive for me to do, haha.

      • Reply Chloe November 16, 2016 at 1:20 am

        If you enroll now and use the promo code NOVEMBER17 the price goes down to around $400.

  • Reply Julia May 10, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Do you have options on when you can actually take the classes? Also, what are the projects/ assignments like? And do they grade them?

  • Reply Sydney Pendergrass May 21, 2016 at 1:23 am

    This was really helpful! I did not know the names of the courses and I’ve been looking at them, now I finally found it!

    I’m thinking about applying to this to do between my Junior and Senior year of high school and I was looking to find if there is an age limit or not. Do you know if their is a minimum age to apply? Thanks!

  • Reply Noa Elfassy September 2, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Hi Louise,
    I have been doing the course for a few months and after a two-month vacation I have forgotten the login website. Would you mind giving me the URL where I can log into the course not apply because that is the only website I have been able to find.
    Thanks, Noa Elfassy

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