Activities and Student Groups

The School of Design is proud to host active student chapters of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). Both chapters meet regularly during the academic year to plan events, hear guest speakers, collaborate on design projects, and eat great pizza.

The organizations maintain a joint student blog called the CMU Design League

Their twitter handles are:  AIGA: @cmuaiga  and IDSA: @idsacmu


Through AIGA, the country’s largest professional association for design, professionals exchange ideas and information, participate in critical analysis and research, and advance education and ethical practice. Carnegie Mellon’s student chapter gives communication design students an opportunity to learn more about the design profession and form local and national connections.

Activities including gallery shows, film showings, design-related fundraisers, and trips to design hotspots help members explore their profession and meet new people. 


The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) is a professional organization that connects designers across the United States. The Carnegie Mellon student chapter works to involve aspiring designers in the broader professional community by helping industrial design students interact with each other and professionals in the field.

Day trips, weekend adventures, field trips to design-related attractions, and the annual IDSA regional conference offer further opportunities to enrich design education experience and gain fresh perspectives on the world of design.