Students are invited to engage with peers and stay active in the PCA&D community by joining our student-run clubs and organizations. Whether you are in search of a support group, looking to share a special talent or interest, or simply want to explore and learn from the people around you, PCA&D clubs and organizations are a must for students of all genders, backgrounds, interests, and passions.
Professional Clubs & Events
Major departments at PCA&D sponsor campus-based professional organizations and chapters of national and international organizations. Membership is highly encouraged and allows students to network across a larger web of professionals and participate in department-sponsored events. The following organizations and events are strongly recommended.
American Institute of Graphic Arts Student Chapter (AIGA)
PCA&D hosts a student chapter of the AIGA and is committed to encouraging students to take the first step in demonstrating a commitment to their professional interest and assisting them in understanding the profession. The goal of the student group is to get students involved in the local design community, create a community of their own and help them build leadership skills that will be valuable as they move into the professional world. As an AIGA student member, a student will gain access to invaluable resources and opportunities to help make the transition from student to professional designer:
• Gain exposure by posting their portfolio in the AIGA Member Gallery.
• Find jobs and internships in AIGA Design Jobs.
• Network and learn at local and national events.
• Access exclusive member benefits.
PCA&D 24-hour Designathon
The 24-hour Designathon is a student AIGA group event that provides professional-quality design services at no charge to area non-profits and to the community-at-large. Students at PCA&D who participate in the Designathon gain real-world experience in creating projects for clients under a tight, 24-hour deadline. They learn that non-profits have very real marketing needs in order to be successful, and strong graphic design on well-organized collateral pieces are vital components in successful communications and marketing plans. More importantly, students experience the value of giving back to the community.
A photographic organization designed to create bonds between all photo majors. Together members strive to improve their craft and to exhibit their work through independent shows.
Siggraph Student Chapter
Associate with ACM SIGGRAPH a non-profit, volunteer organization providing worldwide and year-round programs for the computer graphics community. The values that the club is organized around are those that they have found to define the SIGGRAPH community: Excellence, Integrity, Passion, Volunteerism, and Cross-disciplinary Interaction. The programs attempt to serve the various parts of this community, and reach out to other communities, to benefit all of us by promoting contact and information exchange.
Society of Illustrators Student Chapter
The Society of Illustrators is encouraging the formation of student chapters. Several are forming around the country and Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (Lancaster, Pa.) is among the first. The goal of this group is for the students to create a community of their own to support, encourage and develop their knowledge, skill, and exposure to the ever-changing field of illustration while connecting with other student groups and professionals from across the country. Special events and exhibitions, projects and competitions, field trips, and guest speakers are all benefits of student membership.
24-Hour Comics Day
24-Hour Comics Day is a 1-day event focused on illustration and celebrating the worldwide 24-Hour Comics Day phenomenon. Students and faculty from the PCA&D community strive to complete a print and/or webcomic in 24 hours. 24-Hour Comics Day is an event held around the world, which challenges writers and artists to create a full 24-page comic in 24 consecutive hours. Thousands of artists take the 24-Hour Comics Day Challenge every year! The goal is that everything: story, design and layout, finished art, lettering, color (if applicable), paste-up, proofreading, everything is done in 24 hours. Once pen hits paper, the clock starts ticking. 24 hours later, the pen lifts off the paper, never to descend again. Participants can work on their own or collaboratively. They can also participate in non-comic events and themed workshops focusing on figure drawing, character development, marketing and self-promotion, etc.
Student Clubs & Student Ambassador
Want to start a club?
Starting a new club is super easy and encouraged! Just find a handful of peers who share your interest or wish to join your club. Complete the Student Club/Organization Registration Form and submit to the Director of Student Life for review. Launch your club. Have fun! Once approved, the Office of Student Life will work with the club organizers to coordinate meeting times and places.
Anime Club’s goal is to spread the work of anime culture and Japanese culture. The club will screen anime, release any news about the industry, have anime-related discussions, and go on trips to local conventions. Members also collaborate to attempt original projects.
Coordinated and hosted by students, the Art Market is a networking and vending opportunity held twice a year. The public is invited to browse the collection of student-made works and make purchases directly from the artist. Students must apply and submit a proposal to be considered for vending at Art Market.
A time where anyone is welcome to come learn about God’s word. There will be teachings and discussions addressing how to read the Bible.
BLAC is the black student-led art coalition, where representation and experience come together via the arts.
Curators of the student-led CORE Gallery, a space for exhibiting student artwork. Members of CORE help coordinate, schedule, and create the exhibition space for each show.
The PCA&D Peacocks focus their strategy, cooperation, and quick-thinking in two games, League of Legends and Overwatch. The esports team links Game Art majors and Esports Management Minors and intersects with the College’s curriculum for business, marketing, and live and virtual experience design.
A relaxing and creative space to improve your knitting and crochet skills. All skill levels are welcome!
A place to celebrate, converse, and support the LGBTQ community.
Have fun playing strategy games and doing workshops with your gaming friends.
Student Council creates and implements student involvement and opportunities in school functions and activities and supports the mission of PCA&D.
Student Ambassador Program
Student Ambassadors serve as representatives of the College. They work primarily with the admissions department where they serve as guides for prospective students and their parents, art teachers, and guidance counselors. Student Ambassadors are required to attend each PCA&D open house event and provide important insight into the creative environment afforded to students in our degree programs and create an important link to prospective students who want to be part of the PCA&D community.
A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. If you are interested in the student ambassador program, please contact the admissions office.