Membership

GDC Membership

Why Join?

It's never been a better time to join Canada's professional association for design.

What is a design association?

A design association is a collective of likeminded designers (web, ux, motion, print etc.), educators, students and passionate people from complimentary industries who all believe that more can be accomplished for the enrichment and growth of the design profession when we work together. GDC has been Canada's national professional design association for more than 60 years.

Why join GDC?

The reasons to join GDC are different for everyone, but here are some reasons our current members have shared with us about what they value about GDC membership:

Reasons for Educators:

I'm always looking for leading tools and resources to enrich my curriculum.

I want to remain connected to the profession and with other educators across the country/world.

I want to offer my students relevant career building value.

I want to advance my school's design program.



Benefits + Perks

When you join GDC, all members receive the following benefits and perks. But the returns on membership extend far beyond discounts — with experiences and personal connections that inspire and inform and help furnish a stronger command of design and forge a stronger connection to Canada's national design community.

All Member Benefits

  • Access to build an online portfolio of up to 10 case studies/samples of work
  • Listing in the general GDC member directory searchable by design buyers and the design community.
  • Professional Practice Resources (Legal Templates, Business Guides, etc.)
  • GDC Event and promotional discounts from all chapters across Canada.
  • Access to international professional resources through GDC affiliations & partnerships.
  • License to use the CGD certification mark in Canada & Internationally ( For CGD Certified Designers Only)

GDC Partner Perks

Partner perks are extras provided by GDC's support partners who want to support Canada's design profession by offering tools, services and products that help enrich Canadian designers' professional practice.


All Member Perks

  • Applied Arts Magazine: Full Free Annual Subscription
  • Communication Arts Magazine: Subscription Savings (Print & Digital)
  • EYE Magazine: Savings (Five issues for the price of four)
  • Do Good Design, by David Berman FGDC, CGD: 35% Savings
  • How Magazine: Subscription Savings
  • Novum-World of Graphic Design: Subscription Savings
  • FontShop: 10% Savings
  • TimeTo: 25% Savings
  • Masterfile 25% discount with GDC code
  • All Canada Photos: 10% Savings
  • First Light: 15% Savings
  • Booq Bags & Backpacks (from SOZO Distributing): 10% Savings
  • Raincoast Books Savings
  • Swipebooks: 10% Savings
  • Louise Aird: Copywriting: 10% Savings
  • Free, unlimited posting of jobs to the GDC job board
  • GDC Listserv Archive Access
  • Event discounts and special access
  • Savings and promotions from our allied associations: SDGQ, UCDA, CDA, AIGA and Icograda.
  • Insurance: Errors and Omissions Coverage
  • Insurance: Health Coverage
  • Private Health Services Plan

Requirements + Fees

All Canadian citizens are eligible to join GDC, however there are specific requirements for each level of membership.

Click a membership level for details:

Description

CGD Certification is licensed to practicing designers and educators whose services have been demonstrated to meet CGD national standards. Those who are CGD certified agree to abide by GDC rules of professional and ethical conduct and sustainable design practices. CGD certification requires you to hold yourself, your work, and your business to a higher standard.

Fees

  • $300 per year* (Membership: $200 + $100 CGD Certificate Licensing)
  • Monthly and annual payment options available
  • Granted "Member" status/rates until having successfully completed the CGD Certification Process. 

Requirements

For Practicing Designers

  • Seven (7) years total of combined education and professional practice
  • Portfolio of seven (7) case studies demonstrating the creative challenge, approach, solution and result
  • Membership in the GDC is open to Canadian citizens, residents of Canada, or Canadian citizens working abroad.
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae showing seven (7) years of experience (professional/educational)
  • Names & Contact information of two (2) professional references
  • Note: although a three or four year course of studies in graphic design is highly recommended, it is not required

For Design Educators / Administrators

  • A letter from your employer substantiating current teaching/academic/administrative commitment of 50% or more
  • Three (3) academic examples. Example: academic paper, case study of a course assignment, and/or syllabi-(course outlines/curriculum documents)
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae outlining professional history

Description

GDC membership is open to all Canadian graphic and communication designers and educators. GDC members are firm owners, creative leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, in-house designers, freelancers, and students.

Requirements

  • Open to practicing designers, design educators, and design graduates with less than 7 years of education and professional experience; as well as CGD certification applicants awaiting portfolio/case study review.
  • Membership in the GDC is open to Canadian citizens, residents of Canada, or Canadian citizens working abroad.
  • All members subscribe to the objectives, general goals and code of ethics of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada.

Fees

  • $200 per year*
  • Monthly and annual payment options available

Description

GDC Student membership is available for all students of graphic and communication design programs, and for up to 2 years after graduation.

Requirements

  • Open to practicing designers, design educators, and design graduates with less than 7 years of education and professional experience; as well as CGD certification applicants awaiting portfolio/case study review.
  • Membership in the GDC is open to Canadian citizens, residents of Canada, or Canadian citizens working abroad.
  • All members subscribe to the objectives, general goals and code of ethics of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada.

Additional Benefits

  • Eligibility to Apply for GDC Scholarships
  • Internship guidelines
  • Mentorship opportunities

Fees

  • $60 per year*
  • Group enrolment available for design schools. Please contact the local GDC chapter office closes to you for more information.

Description

Affiliate membership is available to any and all affiliated professions, organizations or individuals who support GDC's activities and goals and wishes to professionally link themselves with the organization.

Requirements

  • Open to any professional who is not a graphic or communication designer but who is engaged in a field related to graphic or communication design.
  • Related fields can include communications, marketing, print production, printing, illustration, photography, writing, computers and technology, web programming, etc.

Fees

  • $250 per year*
  • Monthly and annual payment options available

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