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Become a Design Apprentice

The Designshipâ„  program provides you with the customized skills and training to make you more job-ready than your peers. Once you become an apprentice, you will work a required 2,000 hours on-the-job along with 160 hours of additional job-related instruction and mentoring through MIAD.

Upon completion, this focused training will create the most confident and career-focused version of yourself.


You are hired by an employer as a designer, or are already working as a designer within an organization. You must be a United States citizen or permanent legal resident.


Your company selects you as a candidate to enroll as an apprentice in the Designship training program.


Once enrolled in Designship℠, you begin your year-long on-the-job experiential training.


You begin self-paced online leadership and management courses.


Your success will be supported by your assigned mentor and Designship.


After successfully completing your courses, you are presented with a state-granted certificate of completion recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor. You will also be qualified to mentor future apprentices.


Designship℠ manages all administration associated with registered apprenticeships

Key Benefits of Being an Apprentice

  • Accelerated professional development
  • Enhanced skills and confidence
  • Management ready
  • Potential career advancement and greater earnings

Do you want just a job or to embark on a successful long-term career? Do you want to further your education without accumulating more debt? Get started in Designship today! Costs for the first 300 Designship participants’ training and coursework are underwritten through the AAI grant.

To learn more about the apprenticeship, or for other questions, please see our FAQ page.