Student Membership

Kickstart your career with confidence.

£90 / YEAR Available as a monthly direct debit in 12 instalments


Member College Discount

If your college is a member of the AOI you are eligible for a discount by selecting them from the dropdown below. IMPORTANT: Please make sure to select to pay monthly or yearly ‘if your college is a member of the AOI’ in the Billing Period option above so the discount takes place, if your college is not a member please select “My college is not member of the AOI”.

Please upload an image of your latest student ID showing expiry date so we can validate your membership

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Student Email

Alternatively please enter your university email address to verify that you are currently a student. Please note that your university email address must end in


Our student membership puts you on the right track at the start of your career.

Benefits include

  • Unlimited access to the Members Helpline via phone or email Monday-Friday 10am-4pm for tailored direct information on licensing, ethics, contracts and professional practice. Anything at all just drop us a line!
  • Access to Members-Only web content including extensive information on professional practice, industry insights, legal documents, features, contracts, copyright, finance etc. and the Inside Illustration suite of content.
  • Fortnightly newsletter with illustration news, events and offers.
  • 1-1 Portfolio Consultation is exclusively available for members at £30. This one hour session is held via Zoom. Sessions can respond to your particular needs, but often explore how best to prepare your portfolio to suit your desired market, or how to successfully change direction from your current style.
  • Free one hour consultation with registered a Chartered Accountant. In the one hour consultation you can expect; a basic overview of how to keep records of your business income and expenses, guidance on how to register with HMRC, some basic rules on tax returns, self employed tax and National Insurance and tips on how to avoid the traps of self-employment.
  • Exclusive member opportunities and discounts on events, products and publications.
  • Promotion of news, commissions, exhibitions and projects through the AOI Social Media channels.
  • 20% off first year of Squarespace, the leading all-in-one platform for Website creation. See our Discounts page for more information.
  • 10% discount on Bikini Lists, giving AOI members access to the most accurate, up-to-date database of Creative Buyers in the World.
  • Access to Pricing Calculator
  • Discounted insurance deals inc Public Liability, Professional Indemnity.
  • 1-1 Business Strategy Consultation is exclusively available for members at £35. This one hour session is via Zoom only and will look to get you set up with a full business plan to increase your financial stability and progress your career year on year.
  • Business and Client Negotiation Insights Series; As part of our new Business Empowerment Campaign we ask high profile illustrators, agents and commissioners in-depth questions around taking control of their business, finance, mental health and how to negotiation successfully!


Please note that the Monthly billing option is available only to members based in the UK and EU. The Monthly billing is not to be confused for a monthly subscription, but a way to spread payment for 12 months. The yearly membership fee has to be paid in full.

Please note that this membership doesn’t include a folio and this needs to be purchased separately. Student members with Folios are not eligible for the free images with the Directory of Illustration.

You must currently be in full time education pursuing an illustration or design degree and will be asked to produce proof of enrolment.

Additional information

Billing Period

Monthly if your college is a member of the AOI, Yearly if your college is a member of the AOI, Monthly, Yearly