Graphic Design Students Form Professional Group at UA

Craig Hyde, the Birmingham AIGA chapter president and creative director for Books-A-Million, speaks with student members of the new AIGA student group at UA.

UA graphic design students have organized a student group of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the professional organization for design in America.

“The establishment of this group is a great move for our students pursuing an education in graphic design,” faculty advisor Jonathan Cumberland said. “Through their activities and fund-raising, student members will be able to build a network with their peers as well as industry professionals for their future careers.”

In addition, Cumberland explained, as members graduate, they will be able to retain membership with AIGA. “This is important as there are many benefits for students as they start their careers in design,” he said. “With more than 70 national chapters throughout the US, a membership with AIGA is a tremendous asset for networking, events and identifying employment opportunities.”

The group, whose affiliate national chapter is Birmingham AIGA, elected officers and organized activities during their first semester. Officers for the year are Ally Thomasson, president; Camryn Angel, vice president; Caroline Jerome, secretary; Gracie Tucker, treasurer; and Lindsey Arnold, director of communication. They invited Birmingham chapter president Craig Hyde, who is creative director for Books-A-Million, to talk about future plans for the national AIGA organization and about upcoming events of the Birmingham chapter. They also held a “Creative Headshots” photo session for students, faculty, and staff to raise money for field trips and future activities.

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