For practicing designers, including web and new media designers, professional design educators and design administrators with at least seven years of graphic design education and professional practice.
Please note: although three or four year course of studies in graphic design is recommended, it is not required.
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For details on where to send your completed CGD certification application, please contact your local membership chair:
Atlantic Canada -
Quebec, Ontario & International - email@example.com
Saskatchewan North - firstname.lastname@example.org
Saskatchewan South -
Alberta North - email@example.com
Alberta South -
BC Mainland - firstname.lastname@example.org
Vancouver Island -
For CGD certification applicants awaiting portfolio/case study review, design graduates, and those working in the field of graphic design.
For those actively engaged in a related industry or allied profession who are not a graphic designer.
For any student currently enrolled in a graphic design program.
Read the eligibility details of the membership categories before applying
Member at Large
For those who do not live in geographical proximity to an existing GDC Chapter or are living and working outside of Canada you can still join as a GDC member in any of the categories listed above. Members at Large have the same rights and responsibilities, and National benefits as members attached to a GDC Chapter. A Member at Large applicant pays membership fees directly to the National Society.
As a volunteer organization, sponsors are an integral component of the GDC. Several levels of sponsorship opportunities exist.
To find out how to become a sponsor of the GDC please contact the Sponsorship Chair at more about sponsorship
Patron status is granted to those who further the objectives and goals of the GDC through a financial endowment, substantial financial contribution or major gift.
To find out more please contact the GDC Sponsorship Chair at
Fellowship (FGDC) Awarded to those who have made a major contribution to Canadian graphic design. This highest honour, conferred under special circumstances, carries full voting rights.
Find out more about GDC Fellows.
- January 04, 2008Become CGD certified.
- If you do not live in geographical proximity to an existing GDC Chapter. You can still join as a GDC member.
- All members subscribe to the objectives, general goals and code of ethics of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada.
- January 03, 2008Membership in the GDC is open to Canadian citizens, residents of Canada or Canadian citizens working abroad.
- January 20, 2011The GDC has membership options for design students, graphic design practitioners and industry affiliates.