Education and Design

AIGA supports education throughout the arc of a designer’s career, including special programs for educators, a group critical to advancing the profession. .

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Design Educators Community
The AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC) seeks to enhance the abilities of design educators and educational institutions in order to prepare future designers for excellence in design practice, design theory and design writing at the undergraduate and graduate levels. DEC focuses on education research and service—including curriculum and program development, design theory and history, methodology and research, the social roles of designers, tenure, teaching standards and school accreditation.
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DesignEd K12
DesignEd K12 is a movement to inspire and sustain design education programs for elementary, middle and high school students. The AIGA members involved in DesignEd K12 aim to instill creative confidence and a design thinking mindset at a young age through hands-on experiences in creative problem solving.
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AIGA student groups
AIGA student groups are active on more than 200 campuses across the United States to give college students the opportunity and connect with local designers, faculty and fellow emerging designers. Each student group is mentored by a faculty adviser who helps guide students in their activities and careers.
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Professional development
AIGA members have access to professional development opportunities to improve leadership skills, learn about new technologies, get insights from practicing professionals and connect with like-minded educators. Look here for upcoming webinars, workshops and conferences.

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Defining the Designer of 2015
AIGA and Adobe teamed up on a research project consisting of interviews, focus groups, workshops and surveys that were conducted with some of the profession’s best thinkers—educators, observers of the field and AIGA members—to determine the essential competencies that will be needed, in various combinations, by tomorrow’s designer.
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Student resources
Articles, videos, advice and resources for emerging designers are available in this guide to help students learn how to navigate the ins and outs of working as a professional designer.
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AIGA Design Educators Conferences
Design Educators Conferences typically features two full days of presentations by design educators from around the world, discussing issues critical to design education at the post-secondary level. Learn more about “Connecting the Dots,” the 2014 Design Educators Conference.