Design Education Resources
AIGA supports education throughout the arc of a designer’s career, including special programs for educators, a group critical to advancing the profession.
AIGA Design Teaching Resource
The AIGA Design Teaching Resource is a peer-populated platform for educators to share assignments, teaching materials, outcomes, and project reflections.Browse Teaching Resources
AIGA Design Educators Community
The DEC Steering Committee is comprised of 13 dedicated educators providing service and leadership to the Community.
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Dialectic seeks to publish scholarship, analytical study and criticism that will enlighten and inform a diverse audience of design educators engaged not only in classroom teaching experiences but also in differing forms of research and professional practice. It is open access, double-blind-peer reviewed, and the official journal of the AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC).
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NASAD and Accreditation
The AIGA & NASAD briefing papers address various aspects of graphic design education and are directed towards a number of different audiences.
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Professional Standards of Teaching
A design educator adheres to values that demonstrate respect for students, other educators, academic institutions, the profession, the public, society and the environment. These standards define the expectations of a design educator and represent the distinction of an AIGA member teaching design.
This research project examines seven trends shaping the context for the practice of design. This change in the nature of work calls for new skills and perspectives beyond traditional college-level design education. It is critical that the industry expands its knowledge and expertise to remain economically viable and professionally relevant as it prepares for changing client demands and new opportunities for design influence.
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Dialogue is the ongoing series of fully open-access proceedings of the conferences and national symposia of the AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC). Issues of Dialogue contain papers from DEC conferences that focus on topics affecting design education, research, and professional practice, although each conference varies in theme. Michigan Publishing, the hub of scholarly publishing at the University of Michigan, publishes Dialogue on behalf of the AIGA DEC.
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Promotion and Tenure
The purpose of this resource is to provide guidance to those involved with Promotion and Tenure (P&T) processes of Graphic Design and Visual Communication Design Educators at US institutions of higher learning. It is not meant to address all possible topics and issues related to the P&T process, but should assist in dealing with issues commonly involved in the P&T process, and will provide suggestions on which policies and procedures may be based, at the discretion of the institution.
Guide to Internships
AIGA believes that quality internships provide an invaluable stepping stone towards professional practice and create continuity within the design profession. We thank those who open their doors to young designers and generously share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of design practitioners.
High School Design Curriculum
This four-unit graphic curriculum has been created specifically for high school educators. Areas addressed include An Introduction to Graphic Design, 2D Design Basics, Design Process, and Typography, as well as a glossary and supporting handouts. Created by AIGA Minnesota with support from AIGA Innovate.
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AIGA Design Educator Conference
This week-long online event seeks to gather the design education community to take stock of where we are, what we have learned, and what we want to do next. The summit will focus on themes of Teaching, Research, and Community. More information to come for 2021!Learn More
Additional Teaching Resources
The Value of Design Education
A panel discussion exploring questions like: What value do we provide as design educators? How do we measure or demonstrate that value? (To ourselves, our students, our institutions) and, We can’t recreate in-person experiences online. So, what are reasonable expectations to set for ourselves? For our students?