Fellow (FCSD)

Fellowship of the Society is awarded to those who have over a period of years proven themselves in their field of design and who have shown long-term commitment to the profession and the Society. Only those who have been members of the Society for at least five years will be eligible to be considered or invited to become Fellows.

How do I become a CSD Fellow?

Fellowship is awarded following an informal interview before a Fellowship Panel. Fellows will be expected to have made a significant contribution in 3 key areas:

  • their own practice or field of design
  • the profession of design
  • the Chartered Society of Designers

Find out more here: CPSK+A

Once you’re a CSD Fellow you will:

  • Be able to use the authorised title ‘Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers’ and the post nominal letters FCSD to evidence that not only have you attained a level of practice competence recognised by the professional body for design which demonstrates your commitment to professional practice but that also your significant achievement in respect of your own development, the profession and the Society has been acknowledged.
  • Have use of a unique descriptor awarded to you identifying your design specialism.
  • Receive a signed personal certificate bearing the Minerva seal and set in a black aluminium frame.
  • Have use of a unique Minerva Members’ Marque on your personal promotional material. The Marque is FREE to members and may be adopted for companies with more than one CSD member subject to certain criteria and a licence fee.
  • Be exempt from many elements of the Pathway to Chartered Designer and a significant discount on the application fee.
  • 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.
  • Vote at the Society’s AGM, participate in committee work, become a membership assessor and CEP accreditation panel member.
  • Receive exclusive special offers from CSD and our partners on resources services, books, magazines, software and other materials.
  • Be able to display your portfolio on the Fellows section of ‘Find-a-Designer’, a directory of CSD members which can be searched by clients.

And so much more. For more information download the guidelines


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Only full members (MCSD) may become Fellows (FCSD).

There is no application, upgrade or joining fee.


Annually £340
If awarded Chartered Designer status
the annual subscription is £395

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