Amanda Bynes Back In School, Taking Classes At FIDM

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Oct. 14 2015, Updated 9:30 a.m. ET

Like most college students, Amanda Bynes is heading back to school this time of the year. The former Nickelodeon star is taking classes at FIDM, according to recent reports. But Amanda is not like regular college students, as she has had a rough five years since retiring from acting and stepping her foot into fashion.

Amanda Bynes is continuing her studies at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. The family’s attorney, Tamar Arminak, gave the update about the former actress to Page Six.

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“We are all so proud of her, and can’t wait to see her amazing designs on the runway someday.”

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The 29-year-old is reportedly cutting old friends out of her life and staying off social media, as she focuses on stepping her foot into the fashion industry. Earlier this year, Bynes attended the black-tie gala with Project Runway alum Michael Costello, who also spoke to Page Six about the tabloid star. It was her first public appearance in over a year.

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“She knows what she’s doing when she’s sketching. It’s nice that she has a true passion for it and it’s not a hobby.”

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The designer said that Amanda is ready to make her debut in the fashion world. He also complimented the troubled child star on her hard work and sense of style.

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“I think her strong point is when she’s designing for someone like herself – a girl on the go. She’s always either going to castings or a cocktail party or a gala or fundraiser. She likes to design for the jetsetter and the everyday girl, too.”

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Amanda Bynes was previously enrolled at FIDM’s campus in Orange County in January, 2014. An inside source told E! News that she was “originally going to be a fashion design major, but has now decided to pursue merchandise product development.”

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Amanda was enrolled at FIDM in July, 2014, but she didn’t attend classes during the school’s summer break. On her Twitter account, she expressed interests about returning back to New York by the fall of 2014. She tweeted that she would either transfer to “NYU or Columbia” after it was rumored that she was kicked out of FIDM. But students claim that Amanda never acted out in classes. But then, Amanda was temporarily placed under a 5150 hold after allegedly shoplifting at Barneys in New York and making remarks about her father allegedly sexually and physically abusing her as a child.

Now that Bynes is back on track, she can focus on making her mark in fashion once again. This isn’t the first time that the She’s The Man star has shown an interest in fashion. In fact, Bynes debuted her very first clothing line at Steve & Barry’s in 2007. The limited-edition collection was called “dear by Amanda Bynes,” which included t-shirts, hoodies, sweaters, and jeans for less than $20 each.

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