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 studentgroups@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 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) 803-8858rkf02a@acu.edu
Academy of Art UniversityHamlett, PhilSan FranciscoSan FranciscoCA(415) 618-6321phamlett@academyart.edu
American University of SharjahIbrahim, RiemMiddle EastHealthcare city, Dubairibrahim@aus.edu
Arizona State University (student group)Pena, LisaArizonaTempeAZpena_lisa@msn.com
Arizona State University PolytechnicCarrasquilla, Christina L.ArizonaMesaAZ(480) 727-1105christina.carrasquilla@asu.edu
Art Academy of CincinnatiThomas, Mark A.CincinnatiCincinnatiOH(513) 562-6295merj@fuse.net
Art Institute of CharlestonGalmarini, TomSouth CarolinaCharlestonSC2162563408tom@digcreativestudio.com
Art Institute of ColoradoChavez, Michael J.ColoradoDenverCO719-293-1193chavezmichaelj@gmail.com
Auburn UniversityWindham, Courtney E.AtlantaAuburn UniversityAL(205) 902-3949courtney.windham@auburn.edu
Augsburg UniversityHoultberg, ChristopherMinneapolisMNhoultbe@augsburg.edu
Augustana CollegePhipps, Vickie R.ChicagoRock IslandIL(563) 203-1231vickiephipps@augustana.edu
Austin Community CollegeWhitener, BreannaAustinAustinTXbreanna.whitener@austincc.edu
Austin Peay State UniversityBush, Rachel N.NashvilleClarksvilleTN(931) 221-7523bushr@apsu.edu
Azusa Pacific University - Student GroupDobson, Terry M.Los AngelesSan MarinoCAtdobson@apu.edu
Ball State UniversityBower, FredIndianapolisMuncieINfbower@bsu.edu
California College of the ArtsRaffo, SaraSan FranciscoSan FranciscoCAsraffo@cca.edu
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis ObispoRibeiro, BrunoSanta BarbaraSan Luis ObispoCA805.756.2729ribeiro@calpoly.edu
California State Polytechnic University - PomonaAcock, Anthony W.Los AngelesPomonaCA(203) 843-3053anthony.acock@me.com
California State University - ChicoSudick, BarbaraSan FranciscoChicoCA(530) 898-5028BSudick@csuchico.edu
California State University - Los AngelesCortina, ChristineLos AngelesLos AngelesCA(310) 210-7112christinecortina@att.net
California State University - Northridge (student group)DiMarco, Paula J.Los AngelesNorthridgeCA(818) 677-7956paula.j.dimarco@csun.edu
Chapman University (student group)Chimenti, EricOrange CountyOrangeCA(714) 997-6807chimenti@chapman.edu
Cleveland State University (student group)Berry, Anne H.ClevelandClevelandOHannehberry@gmail.com
College for Creative StudiesKisor, DougDetroitDetroitMI(313) 664-1646dkisor@collegeforcreativestudies.edu
College of DuPageRogers, DavidChicagoGlen EllynIL(630) 942-3029rogersd@cod.edu
College of Saint RoseLoy, JessicaNew York, UpstateAlbanyNY(518) 485-3904loyj@strose.edu
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) 459-2334emhall@coloradomesa.edu
Columbia College - Chicago (student group)Zeid, Richard M.ChicagoChicagoIL312 344 8589rzdesign@aol.com
Concordia University - Saint PaulDuFresne, JohnMinnesotaSaint PaulMN(651) 603-6153dufresne@csp.edu
Cornish College of the Arts (student group)Harrison, Andrea L.SeattleSeattleWA425-341-0446andrea@leksendesign.com
DePaul UniversityQuinn, Heather A.ChicagoChicagoILhquinn@brooklinestreet.com
Drexel University student groupWillie, MarkPhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaPA(215) 895-1093mew26@drexel.edu
Dunwoody College of TechnologyHerold, Tom H.MinnesotaMinneapolisMN(612) 381-3423therold@dunwoody.edu
Eastern New Mexico UniversityDeal, DavidNew MexicoPortalesNM207.415.7840ddeal@purdue.edu
Edinboro University of PennsylvaniaDavitt, BrigettePittsburghEdinboroPA(814) 732-1680brigette.davitt@gmail.com
Ferris State UniversityPowers, Tim E.West MichiganBig RapidsMI(616) 481-0078timepowers@me.com
Flagler CollegeLodi, DianaJacksonvilleSaint AugustineFL(904) 819-6397dlodi@flagler.edu
Florida International UniversityPease, Silvia M.MiamiMiamiFL(786) 973-7910spease@fiu.edu
Fort Hays State UniversitySimpson-Voth, KarrieKansas CityHaysKS(785) 628-5921ksimpson@fhsu.edu
George Mason UniversityStarr, DonWashington DCFairfaxVA(703) 993-8249dstarr@gmu.edu
Grand View UniversityJones, Mary S.IowaDes MoinesIAmjones@grandview.edu
Great Basin CollegeBail, Michael A.Reno TahoeElkoNVxgaidenx@yahoo.com
Harding UniversityGibson, StacyMemphisSearcyARstacygibson@harding.edu
Hartford Art SchoolSchaub, BrookeConnecticutW HartfordCTschaub@hartford.edu
Herron School of Art and DesignGanci, Aaron M.IndianapolisIndianapolisIN(614) 460-9580aaron.ganci@gmail.com
Honolulu Community CollegeKawamura, ScottHonoluluHonoluluHISkawamura@honblue.com
Indiana Wesleyan UniversityPeterson, Herb VincentIndianapolisMarionIN(765) 677-2451herb.peterson@indwes.edu
Iowa State UniversityClifford, RyanIowaAmesIAryan.d.clifford@gmail.com
Jacksonville State UniversityDunn, Christian M.BirminghamJacksonvilleALhello@christianmdunn.com
Johnson County Community CollegeNemer, Terri S.Kansas CityOverland ParkKS913-469-8500 EXT 3601tnemer@jccc.edu
Judson UniversityMeranda, LaurenChicagoElginILlauren@laurenmeranda.com
Kansas City Art InstituteMaione, Lisa J.Kansas CityKansas CityMO7138180261lisa@forinstance.org
Kansas State UniversityPakaste, MerviKansas CityManhattanKS(785) 532-6605mpakaste@ksu.edu
Kapiolani Community CollegeMoody, Emily G.HonoluluHonoluluHI(404) 513-4207superfinedesign@me.com
Kendall College of Art and DesignJonkman, Suzanne M.West MichiganGrand RapidsMI(616) 635-9992suzjonkman@comcast.net
Kennedy King CollegeMitchell, GailChicagoChicagoILgmitchell17@ccc.edu
Kennesaw State UniversityHwang, Kristine H.AtlantaKennesawGA(470) 578-6035kristine.hwang@gmail.com
Kent State UniversityCoorey, JillianClevelandSilver LakeOH(716) 523-8089jcoorey@kent.edu
Lamar UniversityFreyermuth, Sherry S.HoustonBeaumontTXsherrysaunders@gmail.com
Liberty UniversityMaloney, MoniqueRichmondLynchburgVA(434) 849-4632mamaloney@liberty.edu
Lindenwood UniversityHubbell, Audra L.St. LouisSaint CharlesMOahubbell@lindenwood.edu
Maryville UniversityEisenbach, LaurieSt. LouisSaint LouisMO(314) 529-9611leisenbach@maryville.edu
Meredith CollegeHolliman, Woody J.RaleighRaleighNCholliman@meredith.edu
Metropolitan Community CollegeMatthies, LuannNebraskaOmahaNE(402) 457-2672lmatthies@mccneb.edu
Metropolitan State University of DenverAbendroth, Lisa M.ColoradoDenverCO(303) 556-3140abendrot@msudenver.edu
Middle Tennessee State UniversityLorson, NoelNashvilleMurfreesboroTNnlorson@mtsu.edu
Minneapolis College of Art and DesignBrandt, ErikMinnesotaMinneapolisMN(612) 840-2907erikbrandt@typografika.com
Minneapolis Community and Technical CollegeSather, SamanthaMinnesotaMinneapolisMN(612) 670-1210samantha.sather@minneapolis.edu
Minnesota State University - MankatoRogers, David T.MinnesotaMankatoMNdavid.rogers@mnsu.edu
Mississippi State UniversityGipson, ClaireMemphisMississippi StateMSclairegipson@icloud.com
Missouri State UniversityBockman, Judge W.St. LouisSpringfieldMOjudgebockman@gmail.com
Morgan State UniversityMontoya, BrittanyBaltimoreBaltimoreMD(443) 885-4301Brittany.montoya@morgan.edu
Nation Ford High SchoolPierce, CarlyCharlotteFort MillSCPiercec@fortmillschools.org
New England School of Art and DesignPeters, Joshua M.BostonBostonMA(617) 573-8785joshuamatthewpeters@yahoo.com
New York City College of TechnologyGarrastegui, GeorgeNew YorkBrooklynNY6464504235ggarrastegui@gmail.com
North Carolina State UniversityLittlejohn, DeborahRaleighRaleighNC(919) 802-6077dklittle@ncsu.edu
Northern Michigan UniversityEllis, KeithWisconsinMarquetteMI(906) 227-1861keiellis@nmu.edu
Northern Virginia Community CollegeEckler, Greg V.Washington DCAlexandriaVAgeckler@nvcc.edu
Ohio State UniversityChan, Peter K.CincinnatiColumbusOH(614) 378-2100chan.179@osu.edu
Ohio UniversityGriffin, DoriCincinnatiAthensOH(740) 593-4288griffid1@ohio.edu
Old Dominion UniversityBlanco, IvaneteHampton RoadsNorfolkVA(757) 683-5460iblanco@odu.edu
O'More College of DesignTHOMPSON, CHRISNashvilleFranklinTNChrisolux@gmail.com
Pace UniversityMcManus, BrendaNew YorkNew YorkNYbmcmanus@pace.edu
ParsonsWargaski, JuliaNew YorkNew YorkNY(212) 229-8960, x4080wargaskj@newschool.edu
Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (Student group)Cummings-Miller, MariaCentral PennsylvaniaLancasterPAmcummings-miller@pcad.edu
Pennsylvania College of TechnologyStephenson, Nicholas L.Central PennsylvaniaWilliamsportPAnls4@pct.edu
Pikes Peak Community CollegeStrand, PeterColoradoColorado SpringsCO719 502 -3004peter.strand@ppcc.edu
Prairie View A&M UniversityMoore, Tracey L.HoustonPrairie ViewTX936-261-9817tymoore@pvamu.edu
Pratt Institute - student groupFrisco, DavidNew YorkBrooklynNY(646) 290-0322dfrisco@pratt.edu
Purdue Polytechnic at RichmondGeorge, Sarah J.Indianapolis(765) 973-8337sjgeorge@purdue.edu
Rhode Island School of DesignFairbairn, Jan A.Rhode IslandTivertonRI(401) 816-0131janfairbairn@mac.com
Sage College of AlbanyHovendick, SeanNew York, UpstateAlbanyNY(518) 292-1808hovens@sage.edu
Saginaw Valley State UniversityJohnson, J. BlakeDetroitUniversity CenterMI(989) 964-2255jbjohns1@svsu.edu
Salve Regina University (student group)Emerson, Bert S.Rhode IslandNewportRI401-341-3203emersonb@salve.edu
Sam Houston State UniversityRivera, CesarHoustonHuntsvilleTX936 294 1196ecesarrivera@shsu.edu
San Diego City CollegeChoi, MinSan DiegoSan DiegoCA(619) 388-3560min@minchoidesign.com
San Diego State UniversityOzkal, ArzuSan DiegoSan DiegoCA(619) 594-1218arzu.ozkal@mail.sdsu.edu
San Jose State UniversityHwang, ConnieSan FranciscoSan JoseCAconnie.hwang@sjsu.edu
Savannah College of Art & Design - AtlantaWong, Peter C.AtlantaAtlantaGA(404) 253-3286pwong@scad.edu