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Leadership and Learning Opportunities

Purdue University offers several opportunities for Interior Design students to engage in co-curricular opportunities and to develop their leadership and design potentials while making life-long friendships. For a full list of student organizations visit Purdue University Boiler Link  and Student Organizations & Involvement. Below is a partial list of opportunities.

Student Organizations and Clubs

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

International Interior Design Association (IIDA)

ASID/IIDA have a combined student club at Purdue University. Membership in the club provides students enrolled in the interior design program the additional resources needed for educational and professional development, that are not available on campus. See Facebook:  ASID/IIDA Purdue University

Indiana Design Center for Student Ambassador Program

The Indiana Design Center (IDC) Student Ambassador program is an innovative program designed to meet the IDC’s need for the active participation of informed, enthusiastic, and dedicated design student leaders. In turn, IDC Ambassadors will have the opportunity to expand their design industry knowledge and make valuable connections that will enhance their career goals.

TEDxPurdueU Committee
The purpose of this committee is to curate, organize, and execute TEDx events at Purdue University in accordance with the responsibilities required of TEDx conference organizers. More info.

The Anvil Coworking Space
The Anvil is a student-run coworking space at Purdue University. Started in 2013, it operates as a cornerstone of entrepreneurship in West Lafayette. Located across from the Purdue Memorial Union, we’re a centralized place open 24/7 for student and community members to collaborate and work on awesome projects and businesses.

Students Growing Sustainable Communities (SGSC)
Students Growing Sustainable Communities is a Purdue University student organization powered by highly motivated students to grow local and global communities through sustainability-focused projects.

Boiler Communication (Boiler Com) Student Organization
Boiler Communication is a student-run public relations firm that provides various public relation services to other student organizations, non-profit organizations, and local businesses and companies in the Tippecanoe and surrounding areas.

Art History Student Organization (AHSO)
The Purdue University Art History Student Organization's mission is simple: we strive to offer students as well as the community an institution where education and personal enjoyment combine to celebrate the arts.

Photography Club
Purdue Photography Club is made up of independent amateur photographers, ranging in skill from novice to advanced. Our meetings consist of photo critique nights, guest speakers, demos, and presentations. Anyone affiliated with Purdue may join the club.

Purdue Virtual Reality Club (PVRC)
Purdue Virtual Reality Club is an organization that aims to help Purdue students know more about rising technology, virtual reality, and creating an environment for projects design.

Exhibitions & Competition Awards

Undergraduate Exhibition and Awards

The Art and Design Juried Undergraduate Exhibition is an annual juried exhibition organized by the Department of Art and Design and shown in the Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries. All works may be priced for sale. 

Westwood Exhibition Semiannual Juried Art Competition 

This is a juried graduate and undergraduate art and design exhibition at Westwood, the residence of Purdue University’s president. All works may be priced for sale.

MFA Exhibition

In the third year of study, graduate students focus on production of their MFA exhibition and thesis.

Senior Portfolio Award Night

A late spring presentation of student portfolios followed by an award reception.

study abroad

Study Abroad

Purdue Study Abroad oversees more than 300 different programs in over 50 countries. To determine which program is right for you, determine your academic, professional, and personal goals, desired timetable, and potential constraints, click here.



Students are actively involved in volunteering at Purdue. Local non-profit organizations constantly look for Visual Communications Design students to engage in design opportunities. Volunteer opportunities are posted on bulletin boards in the VCD labs and can also be disseminated directly by the faculty, via listserv and Visual Communications Design Network Facebook Group

In the third year of study, graduate students focus on production of their MFA exhibition and thesis.