Associate Member (Assoc.CSD)

The Society offers Associate membership to individuals who have recently graduated, are in the early stages of their design careers or those with equivalent competence.

Student members of the Society who have successfully graduated, are able to upgrade to Associate level free of charge before the end of the calendar year in which they graduate.

How do I become an Associate Member of CSD?

As with any of the Chartered Society of Designers’ membership categories, Associate membership is offered globally and is suitable for those who have just graduated from a design or design related course of study or those in practice with an equivalent level whether having studied design or not.

Candidates are likely to have less than 3 years of practical experience in the design sector. They may be asked to submit documentation alongside their application. The period of the award may vary depending on the competencies demonstrated by an applicant and is calculated to enable the Associate Member to develop towards Full membership.

Once you’re an Associate Member of CSD you will:

  • Be able to use the authorised title ‘Associate Member of the Chartered Society of Designers’ and the post nominal letters.CSD to evidence that you have achieved an intermediate level of competence as recognised by the professional body for design and to demonstrate your commitment to professional practice and personal development.
  • Receive a signed personal certificate bearing the Minerva seal validating the period of your membership.
  • Have taken the first step on the Pathway to Chartered Designer.
  • Be able to take full advantage of the CSD’s networks with invitations and access to a variety of events as well as opportunities to reach out to fellow designers through our social media channels and focus groups.
  • Gain access to CSD’s digital content including magazines, reports, advice columns, book reviews, portfolio galleries and much more.
  • Be able to commence your professional development with guidance specifically targeted to your needs.
  • Receive preferential rates and advice on PI cover and a range of other insurance services subject to risk status.
  • Receive notifications of design opportunities through the CSD Client Referral Service.
  • Receive exclusive special offers from CSD and our partners on resources services, books, magazines, software and other materials.
  • Receive a discounted application fee when you upgrade to Full membership (MCSD).

And so much more. For more information download the guidelines

How do I know whether to upgrade or apply?

There are several ways to become an Associate Member of the Society depending on whether you are already a Student Member or not. Please read our full guidelines below for more information:

Download The Guidelines for Upgrading


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Application fee £50 (non-refundable)
Student members FREE

Joining fee FREE


Annually £115

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