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.
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.
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.
Graphic design training curriculum for high school teachers
This curriculum was created specifically for high school art teachers who wish to incorporate graphic design in art classes and help students understand what graphic design is and how to use it. It focuses on the similarities between art and graphic design, and reinforces the common foundation of technique, materials, and craft. The curriculum will give high school students exposure to design thinking and the design process as a way of introducing them to visual communication. Created by AIGA Minnesota with support from AIGA Innovate.
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.
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.
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.