GDC Membership

GDC membership has benefits at any level. Select a level to learn more and when you're ready click "Become a Member".

CGD™ Certification

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.


Member Fees

  • $300 per year*
  • Monthly and annual payment options available
  • Granted "Member" status/rates until having successfully completed the CGD Certification Process. 

Benefits

  • License to use the CGD certification mark in Canada & Internationally
  • Access to build an online professional portfolio (includes 10 case studies)
  • Listing in the CGD certified member directory (Exposed & promoted to the business community)
  • Professional Practice Resources (Legal Templates & Business Guides)

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

Partners & Perks**

  • Publications:
    • 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
  • Software & Services:
    • TimeTo: 25% Savings
  • Typography:
    • FontShop: 10% Savings
  • Stock (Photography & Illustration):
    • Masterfile 25% discount with GDC code
    • All Canada Photos: 10% Savings
    • First Light: 15% Savings
  • Tools & More:
    • Booq Bags & Backpacks (from SOZO Distributing): 10% Savings
    • Raincoast Books Savings
    • Swipebooks: 10% Savings
  • Professional Resources:
    • 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.
  • Group Rates on Personal & Professional Protection:
    • Insurance: Errors and Omissions Coverage
    • Insurance: Health Coverage
    • Private Health Services Plan

Member

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. Connect yourself with Canada's national creative professional network today.


Member Fees

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

Requirements

  • Available 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.

Benefits, Partners & Perks*

  • Professional Practice Resources Legal Templates & Business Guides
  • Publications:
    • 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
  • Software & Services:
    • TimeTo: 25% Savings
  • Typography:
    • FontShop: 10% Savings
  • Stock (Photography & Illustration):
    • Masterfile: 25% discount with GDC Code
    • All Canada Photos: 10% Savings
    • First Light: 15% Savings
  • Tools & More:
    • Booq Bags & Backpacks (from SOZO Distributing): 10% Savings
    • Raincoast Books Savings
    • Swipebooks: 10% Savings
    • Rogers Mobile: iPhone & Voice/Data Package Savings
  • Professional Resources:
    • 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.
  • Group Rates Available for Personal & Professional Protection
    • Insurance: Errors and Omissions Coverage
    • Insurance: Health Coverage
    • Private Health Services Plan

Student Member

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


Member Fees

  • $60 per year
  • Group enrollment available for design schools. Please contact your GDC chapter for more information.

Benefits

  • Professional Practice Resources (Legal Templates & Business Guides)
  • Elegibility to Apply for GDC Scholarships
  • Internship guidelines
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Design education tools

Requirements

  • Available to any student or a person who has graduated from a program in
    graphic design within the past 2 years, and who is living, working or studying in Canada, or is a Canadian citizen

Partners & Perks**

  • Publications:
    • Communication Arts Magazine: Subscription Savings (Print & Digital)
    • Do Good Design, by David Berman FGDC, CGD: 35% Savings
    • How Magazine: Subscription Savings
  • Software & Services:
    • TimeTo: 25% Savings
  • Typography:
    • FontShop: 10% Savings
  • Stock (Photography & Illustration):
    • Masterfile 25% discount with GDC code
    • All Canada Photos: 10% Savings
    • First Light: 15% Savings
  • Tools & More:
    • Booq Bags & Backpacks (from SOZO Distributing): 10% Savings
    • Raincoast Books Savings
    • Swipebooks: 10% Savings
    • Rogers Mobile: iPhone & Voice/Data Package Savings
  • Professional Resources:
    • 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.
  • Group Rates Available for Personal & Professional Protection
    • Insurance: Errors and Omissions Coverage
    • Insurance: Health Coverage
    • Private Health Services Plan

Affiliate

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.


Member Fees

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

Benefits

  • Professional Practice Resources (Legal Templates & Business Guides)

Requirements

  • Available 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.

Partners & Perks**

  • Publications:
    • 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
  • Software & Services:
    • TimeTo: 25% Savings
  • Typography:
    • FontShop: 10% Savings
  • Stock (Photography & Illustration):
    • Masterfile 25% discount with GDC code
    • All Canada Photos: 10% Savings
    • First Light: 15% Savings
  • Tools & More:
    • Booq Bags & Backpacks (from SOZO Distributing): 10% Savings
    • Raincoast Books Savings
    • Swipebooks: 10% Savings
    • Rogers Mobile: iPhone & Voice/Data Package Savings
  • Professional Resources:
    • 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.
  • Personal & Professional Protection Group Insurance Plans Available:
    • Insurance: Errors and Omissions Coverage
    • Insurance: Health Coverage
    • Private Health Services Plan
National Supporting Partners