Member (MCSD)

Full membership of the Society is for individuals who have been practising design for more than 3 years. Applicants will be required to complete the online application process where they will be asked to evidence their competencies against the CPSK™, the design profession’s framework for professional practice. Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of case studies and details of their commitment to professional practice, which will be reviewed by a Membership Panel. Applicants may then be requested to attend an assessment.

If your membership has lapsed and you wish to find out about re-joining contact the Society.

Once you’re a Member of CSD you will:

  • Be able to use the authorised title ‘Member of the Chartered Society of Designers’ and the post nominal letters MCSD to evidence that you have attained a high level of competence as recognised by the professional body for design and to demonstrate your commitment to professional practice and personal development.
  • 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 license fee.
  • Be exempt from many elements of the Pathway to Chartered Designer, a significant discount on the application fee and an annual subscription that discounts the cost of your MCSD membership 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.
  • Be able to display your portfolio on the CSD website ‘Find-a-Designer’ directory for clients and employers.

And so much more. For more information download the MCSD Guidelines


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Application fee £75 (non-refundable)
Associate members £25

Joining fee £50
Associate members FREE


Annually £240
If also awarded Chartered Designer status
the annual subscription is £305

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