Education + Mentorship
AIGA Arizona’s Education Initiative focuses on support of academic programs, educators, and students. In a state that covers a large area of land, we both benefit from having multiple design programs and are challenged in building a community by distance.
The Mentorship Initiative features the annual Portfolio Review and the Mentorship Program.
The statewide Portfolio Review is held in March at five locations including, Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona State University – Polytechnic (Mesa), Grand Canyon University (Phoenix), The University of Arizona (Tucson), and Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff). Design students and emerging designers (with less than 5 years experience) get their work reviewed by local design leaders in 10-minute sessions.
The Mentorship program pairs design students and emerging designers (with less than 5 years experience) with a local design leader for a 6-month partnership. Mentees ask the questions they didn’t learn in school and mentors help elevate the next generation of designers.