About AIGA student groups
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.
Requirements for AIGA student groups
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.
- Each student group must have a faculty adviser, who must submit a formal agreement in order to activate the group. The faculty adviser is the liaison between the students and AIGA and is responsible for the formation and maintenance of the student group. In return for the extra work required of the faculty adviser to run a successful group, AIGA provides the adviser with a complimentary membership at the Supporter level for taking on the responsibility of starting and running the student group.
- Each group must have at least 10 students with active AIGA memberships at all times.
- The faculty adviser must submit the student group agreement to start or continue a group. Agreements are due once a year to renew.
- The faculty adviser is required to maintain a current roster of who is in the group. Any changes should be emailed to Anna Sparks, membership associate, as soon as possible. A current listing of the student groups and faculty advisors is accessible from the students groups page at my.aiga.org.
- The faculty adviser must encourage students to keep their contact information updated (e.g., change of address, email, graduation date, major) by logging in to their own profiles at my.aiga.org.
- The faculty adviser is required to complete a year-end survey provided by AIGA Membership outlining the group's activities throughout the year. This survey must be completed by July 1.
- The faculty adviser assumes accountability for programming funds collected and spent.
Resources for students and faculty advisers
Student groups have several resources at their disposal to help them run meetings, create programming and locate resources.
- Most local AIGA chapter boards have a chapter education chairperson who will be your primary contact. Find your board member!
- Please read through our tips for how to run a successful group.
- Contact us if you have questions about running your group, including funding, resources, or supplies.
- Connect with other student groups.
Relationship between AIGA chapters and student groups
A student group at a high-school or 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. AIGA chapters are reimbursed a portion of dues paid by each of their members, regardless of whether the member is part of a student group. Chapters are encouraged to make a portion of their dues reimbursements available to student groups in their area.
Renewing student groups
A new agreement must be submitted to AIGA each year, to confirm that the student group will continue, and to renew the faculty adviser's complimentary membership. Failure to submit an agreement will cause the student group to be deactivated.
Number of student groups per campus
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.