Student Chapters


IDSA Student Chapters provide rich academic and professional growth environments for students to organize around their career aspiration at colleges and universities across the United States. These localized, school-based communities create an invaluable support network for those who participate. Official IDSA Student Chapters enjoy the benefits of using IDSA's globally recognized identity and receive operational support resources from IDSA headquarters in the fulfillment of their activities. Additionally, they are able to participate in the Society's annual Student Merit Award (SMA) competition and other programs offered by IDSA that are built to enhance the college experience and assist in the transition to the professional workforce.

IDSA Student Members, through their involvement with Student Chapters, have the opportunity to learn new skillsets, gain visibility, and connect to a larger network of other similarly motivated individuals. The legitimacy that the IDSA Student Chapter status provides allows the participants to effectively establish solid relationships with professional designers in their area and gives the group instant credibility in the community.


Find a Student Chapter near you

Just like IDSA's network of Professional Chapters, Student Chapters are organized into Districts. Currently, there are 60+ schools in North America with active IDSA Student Chapters.

Central District
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cederville/ International Center for Creativity
  • Cleveland Institute of Art
  • College for Creative Studies
  • Columbus College of Art & Design
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • Kendall College of Art & Design
  • Lawrence Technological Institute
  • Northern Michigan University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Michigan
  • Western Michigan University
Midwest District
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Iowa State University
  • Kansas State University
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Purdue University
  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • The University of Kansas
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout
Northeast District
  • Carleton University
  • Drexel University
  • Kean University
  • Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Montclair State University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Parsons (The New School)
  • Philadelphia University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Syracuse University
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Bridgeport
  • University of Pennsylvania - School of Design
  • University of the Arts
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
South District
  • Appalachian State
  • Auburn University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • James Madison University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Savannah College of Art & Design
  • University of Houston
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Virginia Tech
West District
  • Academy of Art University
  • Arizona State University
  • Art Center College of Design
  • Art Institute of California
  • Brigham Young University
  • California College of the Arts
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design
West District
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Jose State University
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Utah
  • University of Washington
  • Walla Walla University
  • Western Washington University


What do Student Chapters offer?


Student Chapters are able to produce and host programming for other students in their area and at their school. These events can take form in many ways, from panel discussions and interactive workshops to social gatherings and community service.

Professional Development

The importance of learning from one another and from professionals while preparing for life after college can't be understated. Student Chapters often participate in portfolio reviews, mock interviews, job fairs, and other activities that are aimed at preparing young talent for professional practice.


Connecting to other designers is one of the most powerful and tangible results of joining IDSA. Your membership makes it possible for chapters across the country to create meaningful meeting places for designers to share knowledge and make long-lasting connections. Our expansive network of designers covers the globe and instantly becomes available to you upon joining IDSA.

How to form a Student Chapter

The basics

An IDSA Student Chapter may be established at a college or university with an industrial design degree program at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels. 

The Student Chapter has: 

  • A minimum of five (5) IDSA Student Members at all times 
  • A chapter advisor who is an IDSA Professional Member and is on the school’s ID faculty 
  • A liaison to the geographically closest IDSA Professional Chapter 
  • An elected President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer, and creates other positions as necessary 

Need some assistance?

If you are interested in creating an IDSA Student Chapter at your school, please write to us at or call us at 703.707.6000. For more information on where industrial design programs are available, please visit IDSA's ID Schools list.

Are you a leader of your local Student Chapter? Learn about general IDSA Chapter Officer rules and best practices via our Chapter Officer Resources page: