Student groups

Student groups
Frank L Aymami III for AIGA, all rights reserved

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 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.

Resources for students and faculty advisers

Student groups have several resources at their disposal to help them run meetings, create programming and locate resources. Download our Student Group Toolkit to learn more.

  • Each student group must have a faculty adviser. The adviser must submit a formal agreement in order to activate or maintain the group. The faculty advisor 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 Supporter level membership.
  • 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 roster of who is in the group; a current listing of the students affiliated can be obtained by email
  • 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
  • The faculty adviser is required to submit a year-end report outlining the group's activities throughout the year. The reports are due by July 1.
  • The faculty adviser assumes accountability for programming funds being collected and spent.
  • Most 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 (call 212 710 3132) 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 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 member’s 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.

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.

​How to set up a student group​

Complete the faculty adviser agreement and email us with the names and email addresses of all students in your group

How to update your roster​

If you are an active faculty adviser, please keep a current copy of a student roster and be sure to send edits or updates to Anna Sparks, AIGA membership associate.

Active student groups

This list of student groups may be sorted by clicking on each column heading.

College/universityFaculty advisorChapterCityStatePhoneEmail
Abilene Christian UniversityFeerer, RyanAustinAbileneTX(917)
Academy of Art UniversityHamlett, PhilSan FranciscoSan FranciscoCA(415)
American University of SharjahIbrahim, RiemMiddle EastHealthcare city,
Arizona State University (student group)Fehler,
Arizona State University PolytechnicCarrasquilla, Christina L.ArizonaMesaAZ(480)
Art Academy of CincinnatiThomas, Mark A.CincinnatiCincinnatiOH(513)
Art Institute of CharlestonGalmarini, TomSouth
Art Institute of ColoradoChavez, Michael
Auburn UniversityWindham, Courtney E.AtlantaAuburn UniversityAL(205)
Augsburg UniversityHoultberg,
Augustana CollegePhipps, Vickie R.ChicagoRock IslandIL(563)
Austin Community CollegeWhitener,
Austin Peay State UniversityBush, Rachel N.NashvilleClarksvilleTN(931)
Azusa Pacific University - Student GroupDobson, Terry M.Los AngelesSan
Ball State UniversityBower,
California College of the ArtsRaffo, SaraSan FranciscoSan
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis ObispoRibeiro, BrunoSanta BarbaraSan Luis
California State Polytechnic University - PomonaAcock, Anthony W.Los AngelesPomonaCA(203)
California State University - ChicoSudick, BarbaraSan FranciscoChicoCA(530)
California State University - Los AngelesCortina, ChristineLos AngelesLos AngelesCA(310)
Chapman University (student group)Chimenti, EricOrange CountyOrangeCA(714)
College of DuPageRogers, DavidChicagoGlen EllynIL(630)
College of Saint RoseLoy, JessicaNew York, UpstateAlbanyNY(518)
College of Southern Nevada - Cheyenne CampusMcElhattan, Dan F.Las VegasNorth Las VegasNV(702) 651-5941Dan.McElhattan@CSN.EDU
Colorado Mesa UniversityHall, Eli M.ColoradoColoradoCO(417)
Columbia College - Chicago (student group)Zeid, Richard M.ChicagoChicagoIL312 344
Concordia University - Saint PaulDuFresne, JohnMinnesotaSaint PaulMN(651)
Cornish College of the Arts (student group)Harrison, Andrea
DePaul UniversityQuinn, Heather
Dunwoody College of TechnologyHerold, Tom H.MinnesotaMinneapolisMN(612)
Eastern New Mexico UniversityDeal, DavidNew
Edinboro University of PennsylvaniaDavitt, BrigettePittsburghEdinboroPA(814)
Ferris State UniversityPowers, Tim E.West MichiganBig RapidsMI(616)
Flagler CollegeLodi, DianaJacksonvilleSaint AugustineFL(904)
Florida International UniversityPease, Silvia M.MiamiMiamiFL(786)
Fort Hays State UniversitySimpson-Voth, KarrieKansas CityHaysKS(785)
George Mason UniversityStarr, DonWashington DCFairfaxVA(703)
Grand View UniversityJones, Mary S.IowaDes
Great Basin CollegeBail, Michael A.Reno
Harding UniversityGibson,
Herron School of Art and DesignGanci, Aaron M.IndianapolisIndianapolisIN(614)
Honolulu Community CollegeKawamura,
Indiana Wesleyan UniversityPeterson, Herb VincentIndianapolisMarionIN(765)
Iowa State UniversityClifford,
Jacksonville State UniversityDunn, Christian
Johnson County Community CollegeNemer, Terri S.Kansas CityOverland ParkKS913-469-8500 EXT
Judson UniversityMeranda,
Kansas City Art InstituteMaione, Lisa J.Kansas CityKansas
Kansas State UniversityPakaste, MerviKansas CityManhattanKS(785)
Kapiolani Community CollegeMoody, Emily G.HonoluluHonoluluHI(404)
Kendall College of Art and DesignJonkman, Suzanne M.West MichiganGrand RapidsMI(616)
Kennedy King CollegeMitchell,
Kennesaw State UniversityHwang, Kristine H.AtlantaKennesawGA(470)
Kent State UniversityCoorey, JillianClevelandSilver LakeOH(716)
Lamar UniversityFreyermuth, Sherry
Liberty UniversityMaloney, MoniqueRichmondLynchburgVA(434)
Lindenwood UniversityHubbell, Audra L.St. LouisSaint
Maryville UniversityEisenbach, LaurieSt. LouisSaint LouisMO(314)
Meredith CollegeHolliman, Woody
Metropolitan State University of DenverAbendroth, Lisa M.ColoradoDenverCO(303)
Middle Tennessee State UniversityLorson,
Minneapolis College of Art and DesignBrandt, ErikMinnesotaMinneapolisMN(612)
Minneapolis Community and Technical CollegeSather, SamanthaMinnesotaMinneapolisMN(612)
Minnesota State University - MankatoRogers, David
Mississippi State UniversityGipson, ClaireMemphisMississippi
Missouri State UniversityBockman, Judge W.St.
Morgan State UniversityMontoya, BrittanyBaltimoreBaltimoreMD(443)
New England School of Art and DesignPeters, Joshua M.BostonBostonMA(617)
North Carolina State UniversityLittlejohn, DeborahRaleighRaleighNC(919)
Northern Michigan UniversityEllis, KeithWisconsinMarquetteMI(906)
Northern Virginia Community CollegeEckler, Greg V.Washington
Ohio State UniversityChan, Peter K.CincinnatiColumbusOH(614)
Ohio UniversityGriffin, DoriCincinnatiAthensOH(740)
Old Dominion UniversityBlanco, IvaneteHampton RoadsNorfolkVA(757)
O'More College of DesignTHOMPSON,
ParsonsWargaski, JuliaNew YorkNew YorkNY(212) 229-8960,
Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (Student group)Cummings-Miller, MariaCentral
Pennsylvania College of TechnologyStephenson, Nicholas L.Central
Pikes Peak Community CollegeStrand, PeterColoradoColorado SpringsCO719 502
Prairie View A&M UniversityMoore, Tracey L.HoustonPrairie
Pratt Institute - student groupFrisco, DavidNew YorkBrooklynNY(646)
Purdue Polytechnic at RichmondGeorge, Sarah J.Indianapolis(765)
Rhode Island School of DesignFairbairn, Jan A.Rhode IslandTivertonRI(401)
Sage College of AlbanyHovendick, SeanNew York, UpstateAlbanyNY(518)
Saginaw Valley State UniversityJohnson, J. BlakeDetroitUniversity CenterMI(989)
Salve Regina University (student group)Emerson, Bert S.Rhode
Sam Houston State UniversityRivera, CesarHoustonHuntsvilleTX936 294
San Diego City CollegeChoi, MinSan DiegoSan DiegoCA(619)
San Diego State UniversityOzkal, ArzuSan DiegoSan DiegoCA(619)
San Jose State UniversityHwang, ConnieSan FranciscoSan
Savannah College of Art & Design - AtlantaWong, Peter C.AtlantaAtlantaGA(404)
Savannah College of Art & Design - SavannahKwon,
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (student group)Krysinski, Mary JoChicagoChicagoIL(773)
School of Visual Arts/MFATalarico, LitaNew YorkNew YorkNY(212)
School of Visual Arts/UGRaphan, BenitaNew YorkNew YorkNY(212)
Schreiner UniversityCampbell, Kathryn D.San AntonioKerrvilleTX(830)
Seattle Pacific UniversityGutowsky-Zimmerman, KarenSeattleSeattleWA(206)
South Dakota State University (student group)Kim, Young AeSouth
Southeast Community CollegeVornbrock, ElizabethNebraskaLincolnNE(402)
Southern Illinois University CarbondaleLopez, RobertSt. LouisCarbondaleIL(618)