Professional organizations and associations are groups based around specific professions, fields, or industries. They are a great way to get involved and meet others in your area of interest. As a student, it is important to learn about your discipline from current professionals who can inform you of what it is like to work in the industry.
Opportunities to connect and network with professionals are available through events and meetings hosted by the professional organizations/associations. Many professional organizations also list job postings on their website. Most often this requires a membership, but many organizations have student memberships discounted. View the professional organization's website for membership opportunities as well as information about local chapters in the area in which you live.
Below are descriptions of some of the professional organizations associated with the University:
American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA): AIGA, the professional association for design, is the place design professionals turn to first to exchange ideas and information, participate in critical analysis and research and advance education and ethical practice. Minnesota also has a state chapter.
College Art Association (CAA): CAA promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the history and criticism of the visual arts and in creativity and technical skill in the teaching and practices of art.
Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD): SEGD is the global community of people who work at the intersection of communication design and the built environment. Environmental Graphic Design embraces many design disciplines including graphic, architectural, interior, landscape, and industrial design.
Society of Illustrators: The mission of the Society is to promote the art and appreciation of illustration, as well as its history and evolving nature, and to encourage high ideals through exhibitions, lectures, education, and by fostering a sense of community and open discussion.
The College of Design is proud of the outstanding student organizations associated with the College. Student groups are a great way for students to meet other students while exploring their interests, developing leadership skills, and being an active part of the community. Please view the links on the right sidebar to check out each of the design student organizations, or start your own. Visit Student Unions and Activities to learn about how to register your student group. Benefits include funding opportunities and event planning assistance.
Below are some of the professional organizations associated with the University:
The University of Minnesota's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) offers financial awards twice a year to full-time undergraduates for research or creative projects undertaken in partnership with a faculty member. It encourages students to conduct research and pursue academic interests outside of their regular courses by employing them to work on special research projects.
UROP provides stipends of up to $1400 and research expenses of up to $300 for undergraduate students working with a University of Minnesota faculty mentor. Undergraduates enrolled in at least 6 credits in any college on any campus are eligible to apply. Eligible faculty mentors are faculty members holding any type of appointment (including clinical, emeritus, adjunct, research associate, etc.) in any college on any campus. UROP students and their faculty mentors are often in different colleges and sometimes different campuses. The next UROP deadline for submitting proposals is February 24, 2014.
The Collections Research Center
The Goldstein Museum of Design offers public access to all of its resources. Dedicated to the care and study of our permanent collection, the Collections Research Center provides supervised access to collections and archival materials for University and community users. The Center also houses a reference library that is open to the public by appointment..
As a teaching museum, the Goldstein invites faculty from the University and other institutions to use our collections and knowledge in their coursework, research and other collaborative efforts. We can also work with faculty to arrange a focused viewing of objects from the collection for their classes.
The Collections are housed in climate controlled storage areas and are not on permanent public display. However they are teaching collections and the public is encouraged to utilize this unique resource.
To view objects from any of the collections areas, appointments can be scheduled one to two weeks in advance. Click here to view collection access fees. Please call the Research Center at 612-625-2737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist you.