At Sage, we believe that education extends beyond the classroom. Our Graphic + Media Design students can take advantage of many exciting opportunities to build their skills, their networks, and their portfolios.
Sage AIGA (American Institute for Graphic Arts) Student Group
Founded in 1993, this student group is affiliated with the Upstate New York AIGA Chapter. Students elect officers, network with professional members of AIGA, coordinate programming efforts, raise funds for student activities and organize speaker and travel opportunities. AIGA students have traveled to London, Italy, Greece, San Francisco, and New York. Members have also attended the AIGA Biennial Conventions in Memphis, Tennessee and Denver, Colorado.
Produced annually, Vernacular is an art, design and literary publication put together by students for students. A student club open to all students, Vernacular provides an exciting platform to learn practical skills in collaboration, publication design, print and web production, estimating and much more.
Sage has been able to bring an impressive list of nationally recognized speakers to campus in the past including: Paul Bacon, Allan Chochinov, Cheryl Heller, Ilise Benun, Michael Carabetta, and Steven Brower.
Professional Portfolio Reviews
The Upstate New York Chapter of AIGA sponsors a professional Portfolio Review night for area college design students each year. Students present their portfolios to area employers and professionals to obtain valuable feedback. Additionally each year a select group of students accompany faculty to the Art Director’s Club National Student Portfolio Reviews in New York City, where world-class employers and creatives have an opportunity to see Sage students’ work.
Faculty and students have worked on design projects for the greater Capital Region community including the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Albany Tulip Festival, Stratton V.A. Medical Center, and many others.