AIGA is a national community of 67 chapters and 25,000 members. At UMass Lowell, our mission is to expand the knowledge and enthusiasm of the graphic arts in extension to the academic teaching provided by the university. We aim to be actively engaged in the design community both academically and professionally by attending the Boston chapter events and hosting our own events on campus.
Our group holds regular roundtable forums with design professionals. We also attend events, which range from design shows, learning forums and social gatherings of like-minded professionals. One does not have to be a designer to love design and because of this, anyone is welcome to join and express their voice. Design is everywhere and affects every aspect of our daily life, whether you are a designer or not. All of our meetings are open to all students and we encourage everyone to participate.
The Student Art Union is a student organization at UMass Lowell that funds various art-related events for students and alumni, including New York City trips to museums and galleries, and visits to working artists' and designers' studios, as well as, on-campus open house events.
Each year the Student Art Union organizes an annual art benefit and auction. The proceeds from this event help fund the two yearly New York City trips, which are open to all UMass Lowell students. The Student Art Union, with monies raised from these yearly benefits, has also established a Visiting Artist Lecture Program.
Additionally, each year the Union organizes a barbecue to welcome incoming students to the department.
There is no fee to join and students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate. Learn more and visit us at:
This faculty-supervised student studio currently runs as a directed study. Students work on projects for “real” clients (non-profit and profit) both within and outside of UMass Lowell. Past works has included: logos for Operation Delta Dog; Weave; Posters for the Off-Broadway Players; Magazine covers for Mass Music Educator Association (one of which received a Best of Show Award in BONE show 2003); Signage; Package design for Café Solar; postcards for B.F.A. shows; flyers; bookmarks; catalogs; websites and clothing. Students gain professional practice for credit. Admission to class is portfolio review/permission of Professor Roehr.