Student Opportunities & Resources


The Art & Design Department has two active student clubs: the AIGA Club and the Art Club. Both are fun, busy and open to students of any major.

The AIGA Club is related to the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the leading professional design organization in the United States. The AIGA Club seeks to raise awareness of the critical role of design in the modern world.

The club designs and sells merchandise. The club also joins other clubs and campus groups to promote events and travels to major cities to attend the annual AIGA Conference. Students in the AIGA club receive mentoring and advice from current design industry experts.

Art Club organizes art jams, film nights, trips to view art in cities such as Minneapolis and Chicago and more. The Art Club is a place to socialize and to meet others with a passion for art.

Faculty-led Travel Study

In addition to trips to cities throughout the United States, the Art and Design Department offers regular faculty-led study programs to various countries.

These trips are open to students of any major. The trips are one of the more memorable highlights of participants’ time at Winona State. Our global programs are designed to immerse students in the culture and creative arts of our host countries.

We offer four regular faculty-led programs:

  • Cities of Fairytales, which explores the rich heritage of the central European cities of Prague, Budapest and Vienna
  • China Now, which introduces students to the rich histories and modern energy of China
  • A Taste of Italy, which takes in the culture, cuisine and art of Italy
  • Made From Mountains, which explores the links between landscape, culture and art in New Zealand.

These programs are designed to be as inexpensive and adventurous as possible, and they provide credit toward your degree.

The dates, costs and schedules of upcoming trips are listed on the Winona State Faculty-led Travel Studies website.


The Art and Design Department offers a number of rewarding, skill-building internships to its students.

Our Gallery Internships offer students the chance to gain experience with planning, curating and promoting exhibitions. These exhibitions include significant shows in the university’s main Watkins Gallery.

Our Design Internships allow students to gain useful experience working on live projects with real-world clients. These projects often result in student work displayed on cars, company logos and websites and on promotional material.