Become a “pro-fessional” designer.

A five-week course designed for emerging creative professionals to better prepare them for a career in graphic design and related fields.

When: Tuesday nights June 16–July 14, 6:30pm–8:30pm

Where: Virtual Zoom Webinar

Applications due: June 5, 2020


AIGA Detroit will host a five-week course for emerging graphic designers, UX/UI designers, illustrators, and related creatives (college-level students or designers working in the field for less than three years) in Spring/Summer 2020.

The course will be limited to 12 participants. The cohort will learn from and connect with a panel of industry professionals in an intimate setting to better prepare them for a career in graphic design and related fields. Sessions will cover working for others and working for self. Participants are required to attend all 5 meetings and breakout work-sessions. 

Class sessions will cover:

  • Resume building 
  • Portfolio building
  • Job interviews (virtual and in-person)/industry hiring practices
  • Getting freelance work/writing proposals
  • Goals & actionable steps for achieving those goals

Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • discuss current industry hiring practices and trends
  • prepare a resume, portfolio, and other materials needed to apply for a junior position in the design field according to current industry standards
  • prepare for a job interview in the field of design
  • prepare a proposal and contract for freelance design work
  • discuss their future goals within the design field and the action steps needed to achieve these goals
  • connect with a network of industry professionals and their fellow cohort members for continued support
  • share knowledge from the program with peers in their community


Class Schedule:

June 16

Resume Building
with Maria Bologna, Freelance Designer & Educator

June 23

Setting Goals & Actionable Steps for Achieving Them
with Hien Lam, Chief Prophecy Fulfiller at Huck Finch Branding

June 30

Portfolio Building
with Jon Elsinger, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at DO:BETTER

July 7

Getting Freelance Work & Writing Proposals
with Meaghan Barry and Lilian Crum, Co-Founders of Unsold Studio

July 14

Job Interviews & Industry Hiring Practices
with Katie Slovan, Creative Manager at Avfuel Corporation


Application Requirements:

Required: Application Google Form (name, email, phone, age, race, pronoun, school/work info (optional), availability for dates (consent checkbox)

Required: A personal statement (maximum 500 words) describing why they want to participate in the program and what makes them a good fit for the program. 

Required: A letter of recommendation (can be from a professor, a mentor, a colleague, a boss, a pastor, etc…does not need to be a design professional) speaking to the applicant’s character and professionalism.

Optional: A link to a portfolio or an uploaded design portfolio (as PDF)

Optional: Scholarship link: 150 words about why you should be considered to have fee waiver 

Program fee (if accepted): Free AIGA member / $50 Non-AIGA

Need-based scholarships and reduced rates are available, please contact for more information

Applications are now closed

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by June 10

For any questions, please email:

When & Where
Tue, Jun 16, 2020 - Tue, Jul 14, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM