AIGA produces national programs to support all members. These initiatives have been made possible through the support of our generous partners and sponsors, as well as the effort of many thousands of members.
Students represent tomorrow’s professional designers and the future of AIGA. When student members organize to become student groups, they serve as a microcosm of AIGA—complete with their own board, programming and needs for community, inspiration and organization—and cultivate the next generation of design leaders.
Standards of Professional Practice
A professional designer adheres to principles of integrity that demonstrate respect for the profession, for colleagues, for clients, for audiences or consumers, and for society as a whole. These standards define the expectations of a professional designer and represent the distinction of an AIGA member in the practice of design.
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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.
AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships
AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships benefit underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students who are studying photography, illustration, and design at colleges and universities in the U.S.Learn More
This scholarship will allow me to continue focusing on my studies, involvement with student organization on campus, and give me the time to apply to master programs or graphic design positions.
2021–2022 AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship Recipient
Who Becomes a Communication Designer?
Designers are creative problem seekers who explore many ways of thinking about a task and creative problem solvers who synthesize the outcomes of their exploration in design solutions that best fit people's "wants and needs" and the demands of the surrounding context. This article explores the typical characteristics of a design professional.
Degree Programs and Professional Preparation
The presence of communication design content in college courses and curriculum, or even its designation as an area of emphasis or concentration does not automatically indicate that the degree program adequately prepares students for professional practice.
Making a Living
Every year, thousands of hopefuls seek to enter the design profession without quite knowing what it's all about, and without having a clear understanding of how a design career is different from that of, say, a fine artist or an illustrator. If you're getting ready to write a big tuition check to enter a design degree program, or if you've just graduated and are wondering what to expect in the working world, this article's for you.
AIGA Design Conference
The AIGA Design Conference is the biggest event of the year for creatives from all across the country. Be there as the design community comes together together to experience provocative speakers, cultural events, networking with fellow creatives, professional development workshops, and face-to-face roundtables with your design heroes.Learn More