Education + Mentorship

E+M supports academic programs, educators, and students including mentorship of designers at all levels through our annual Portfolio Review and quarterly Mentorship Meetups.

AIGA Arizona’s Education + Mentorship initiative focuses on support of academic programs, educators, and students. In a state that covers a large area of land, we all benefit from having multiple design programs and are challenged in building a community by distance.

You can check out a list of design schools and programs in Arizona here.


Portfolio Review

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.

Be sure to follow AIGA AZ’s Portfolio Review on Facebook for the latest updates.


Mentorship Meetups

The AIGA AZ Mentorship Meetup events provide our creative community with leadership and learning opportunities. Each event focuses on a topic chosen by the community. Design leaders in the topic area are selected as mentors (panelists). Serving as a mentor is a great opportunity to get experience at public speaking in addition to mentorship. Mentees (participants) can discover new insights into a topic of interest.


Mentorship Connections

Made a connection at the Mentorship Meetup? Want to chat more? Sign up for Mentorship AfterMeetup. This first-come, first-serve, limited space opportunity connects mentors and mentees for a 30-minute, one-on-one Zoom session.



Interested in joining the Education + Mentorship committee or have an idea for an event?