Graphic Design is both a calling and a profession. In college, you will have access to highly advanced instruction and software when you major in graphic design. Learning how to use these tools, combined with natural artistic ability will give you a career that has unlimited potential. Truly good programs have modern, “industry current” facilities as well as high post graduation employment rates. Graphic Designers are hired by all forms of industries, so the scope of this profession is unlimited.
Why is this Important?
- Professional Associations are where the industry of the major gather together
- Many have student chapters you can join while in college
- Many offer internships, scholarships, and opportunities in the major
|American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA)||Join thoughtful design leaders and thinkers in moving the profession forward. Participate with 18,000 of your colleagues in advancing the value of design in all the things you do.||Visit|
|Art Directors Club (ADC)||The ADC is the premier organization for integrated media and the first international creative collective of its kind. Founded in New York in 1920, the ADC is a self-funding, not-for-profit membership organization that celebrates and inspires creative excellence, connecting creative visual communications professionals from around the world.||Visit|
|Society for New Design (SND)||The Society for News Design is an international professional organization with more than 2,600 members in the United States, Canada and more than 50 other countries, divided into the 19 regions shown below.||Visit|
|The Graphic Artists Guild is a national union of illustrators, designers, web creators, production artists, surface designers and other creatives who have come together to pursue common goals, share their experience, raise industry standards, and improve the ability of visual creators to achieve satisfying and rewarding careers.||Visit|
|International Association of Printing House Craftsmen (IAPHC)||The IAPHC is an International organization. Dedicated to individuals in the printing and graphic arts industry. For the purpose of their self development, their companies' success and the enhancement of the printing and graphic arts industry in society. We connect, educate, inform and promote our members and the global graphic community, fostering their growth and success.||Visit|
|Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD)||SEGD is an international non-profit educational organization providing resources for design specialists in the field of environmental graphic design, architecture, and landscape, interior, and industrial design. SEGD members are leading designers of directional and attraction sign systems, destination graphics, identity programs, exhibits, and themed environments.||Visit|
|As a NAPP member, you'll have exclusive access to the NAPP members-only Web site "Photoshopuser.com." It's the biggest, most comprehensive Photoshop resource and online community on the entire Web.||Visit|
|SPD encourages artistic excellence by judging annually the work of thousands of design professionals in the United States and abroad. The activities of SPD promote the art director's role as visual journalist and partner in the editorial process -- the partner responsible for telescoping and shaping information, the one who gives tone to an editorial voice.||Visit|