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AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) is a professional
association, serving its members and promoting the value of graphic
design to the business community and the general public. It neither
offers courses in design nor makes recommendations of selected
programs. Nationally, each chapter's lecture series may address
programs and creative practices, but they are not offered as
AIGA does offer a comprehensive resource for those interested in
a career in graphic design. Graphic Design: A Career Guide and
Education Directory is intended to help the individual make
decisions about preparing for a career in graphic design. It
defines the purpose and practice of the field and identifies the
strong links between effective educational programs and effective
professional practice. Suggestions are made to help the individual
evaluate schools and potential employers.
What are the top 20 graphic design schools in the
AIGA is a professional association, serving its members and
promoting the value of graphic design to the business community and
the general public. We do not rank graphic design programs or
We are currently developing an accreditation process that will
determine which graphic design programs meet the standards expected
by the profession. While the outcome of that process will take
several years, the schools that were authorized in recent years to
give the AIGA student medallion will undoubtedly be among those who
receive accreditation. There are many other qualified programs as
well, depending upon the needs of the student, but this list will
assist in any initial review of strong academic programs.
Those schools are:
Art Center College of Design
California College of Arts and Crafts
California Institute of the Arts
Carnegie Mellon University
The Cooper Union
Cranbrook Academy of Art
Illinois Institute of Technology
North Carolina State University
Rhode Island School of Design
University of Cincinnati
University of the Arts
University of Washington
Can AIGA help find a design graduate a
AIGA's website offers Design Jobs, a national career
and recruitment center. AIGA members may post a job seeker profile,
and anyone may post a job listing.
How do I do research on a particular
You probably know that one good resource for reviewing the work of
contemporary designers is the AIGA's annual, 365: AIGA Year in
Design. This is an annual compilation of the best in U.S. graphic
design. If the particular designer you are interested in is still
living, you should try contacting him or her; most people enjoy
sharing information about themselves (as long as you are
considerate about taking their time and you have done some
preparation!). If you are in New York City and you are an AIGA
member, you can call to make an appointment to use the AIGA
library, which has a collection of a wide variety of materials on
design and designers.
Do you sponsor a student competition? Do you know of any
national student competitions coming up soon?
The AIGA national competitions do not include a category for
student work. The main reason for this is that the selected entries
from these competitions become traveling exhibitions, and we need
multiple copies of each selection, which are not available if the
work hasn't been produced, as is generally the case with student
Some AIGA chapters have competitions at a local level, and many
of them include a category for student work. Please contact your
local AIGA chapter for more information.
Publications like How and Print have sections in their
annual reviews for student work as well. You can contact them for
deadlines and additional information. Also, there's a catalog of
both national and international competitions called “Awards, Honors
and Prizes,” by Gale Publishing. You can find it in the reference
section of libraries. They have a dedicated section on design
Does AIGA offer any scholarships?
AIGA and Worldstudio offer Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships to allow young people from minority and
economically disadvantaged backgrounds to not only to realize their
artistic dreams, but also to give back to their communities.
I'm looking for a summer internship. Any hints on how to
start my search?
We encourage students to list themselves in the job seekers section
Design Jobs with a “seeking status” of Internship. Likewise, we are
encouraging firms to list their internship opportunities.
You should also contact local colleges and universities to
determine if they have internship placements. Another good way of
proceeding is to review past AIGA annuals to identify designers
whose work you admire and write to them. You can also contact the
National Network for Artist Placement and ask for a copy of The
National Directory of Artist Internships. This publication
identifies art internships for emerging artists in various fields,
including graphic design. The directory is distributed to over
2,000 colleges, university career centers, and libraries and is
useful for graduating arts students. Contact: NNAP, National
Network for Artist Placement, 935 West Avenue 37, Los Angeles, CA
90065. 213 222-4035
What is the AIGA student medallion?
The AIGA Medallion for Design Excellence was awarded in recent
years in recognition of distinguished achievement by a student in
graphic design. The individual receiving the award has exhibited
outstanding creativity, innovation, achievement or leadership, and
dedication to the profession of design.
AIGA awarded this medallion to encourage national awareness and
recognition of the contributions of design students to the future
of graphic design. AIGA worked with a small number of schools in
the late 1990s. The program is currently in hiatus.
As an AIGA student member you'll gain access to invaluable
resources and opportunities to help you make the transition from
student to professional designer:
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Answers to frequent questions about AIGA membership.
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AIGA’s chapters allow our members to form powerful social and
professional bonds through conferences, competitions, lectures and
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AIGA encourages the formation of student groups at colleges and
universities and is committed to developing these groups as a way
of encouraging students to take the first step in demonstrating a
commitment to their professional interest and assisting them in
understanding the profession.
As the largest professional association
of designers in the world, AIGA is committed to advancing the value and
impact of design, both locally and globally, and working together to
inspire, support and learn from each other, at every stage of our
careers. Whether you're an established designer looking to give back or a
student just starting out, there's a membership level for you.
AIGA’s board is elected by the entire professional membership
and plays a crucial role in determining the mission of AIGA.
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