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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. The goal of the student groups is to
get the student involved in the local design community, create a
community of their own and help them build leadership skills that
will be valuable as they move into the professional world.
These requirements reflect our experience of the past several
years of what makes a successful group. Adhering to them will help
ensure that the group runs smoothly and enables students to get the
most out of their AIGA membership.
Student groups have several resources at their disposal to help
them run meetings, create programming and locate resources.
A student group at a university automatically becomes affiliated with the
chapter nearest to it. The faculty adviser should be recognized as an asset of
the chapter, assisting in involving the students in AIGA and in
programming for their own interests, in distributing materials and
in keeping student records (particularly addresses) current. The
student advisers within a chapter should work together to combine
assets and create programming that will involve more students and
build a strong community.
AIGA feels strongly that student groups should, as much as
possible, be involved in programming their own events. This
activity provides an opportunity for training future chapter
officers and instills a sense of responsibility towards the
organization. Chapters receive a portion of each members' dues to support local programming. We encourage the chapter to develop a mechanism for
granting each student group a portion or all of those funds for
programming activities on campus.
A new agreement must be signed and returned to AIGA each year,
to confirm that the student group will continue, and to renew the
faculty adviser's complimentary membership. Failure to return a
signed agreement will cause the student group to be
AIGA will recognize one (and only one) faculty adviser per
campus. Other faculty members are encouraged to take advantage
of the Supporter level and select "educator" as their primary attribute. See membership for design educators for more information.
Take advantage of the many benefits that come with being an AIGA member: savings, information, community, inspiration and more.
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AIGA chapters fulfill AIGA’s mission at the local level, supporting members through organizing projects and events to educate, inform and connect designers.
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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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Design faculty play a critical role in educating and inspiring new
designers. In appreciation of the work you do, AIGA offers a discounted
membership category for full-time faculty.
AIGA chapters around the country are
committed to providing mentorship programs to local high school
students, college students, emerging designers and seasoned
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job search, professional development, mentoring
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.
Membership in AIGA means belonging to a national group of more than 22,000 dedicated colleagues, all working to advance design.
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Member since 2005
AIGA San Francisco
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AIGA Kansas City
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AIGA New York, Upstate
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AIGA Hampton Roads
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AIGA New York
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