Licentiate Membership                                                               Download application here

We have a long tradition of and commitment to nurturing emerging and developing talents in designer craftsmanship. In 1973, we established our highly successful Licentiate Membership programme, which provides the newly graduated designer maker with a supportive bridge between being a student and becoming an established, confident and accomplished designer maker.

Licentiate Membership is not only open to newly graduated makers, but can also be awarded to people who are setting up in business after a career break or re-training. Licentiates must fulfill the Society's requirement to demonstrate exceptional skill and individuality, as well as showing future creative and commercial potential. This category of membership offers a range of valuable benefits and opportunities for personal and professional development through interaction with peers and established members, as well as the Society's contacts within the designer-craft buying sector.

Benefits of being a licentiate include :

  • One-to-one mentoring with an established Society Member or Fellow
  • Opportunity to exhibit at the Society's annual Designer Crafts exhibition
  • Opportunity to exhibit in our Gallery in London
  • A listing with a web link on the Society's website
  • Regular e-bulletins and quarterly newsletters, full of Society updates and members' news
  • Access to all the Society's activities
  • Right to attend and vote at the Society's Annual General Meeting
  • Right to use letters LSDC after your name as long as membership is retained

Licentiate Awards

We look for the following when interviewing for Licentiate membership :

  • A personal appreciation of the part craftsmanship plays in the development of ideas.
  • Evidence of a sustaining drive and commitment, and a realistic understanding of the problems of working as a designer-maker
  • An awareness of contemporary design through craftsmanship

A number of those who apply at New Designers or at College for licentiateship and are successful, will be selected to receive an invitation to exhibit in the Society's prestigious Mall Galleries Exhibition the following year. During the exhibition, those who accept the invitation will be considered for distinction awards and a number of prizes awarded at the exhibition.

How to apply

Independently - applications can be submitted to the Membership Secretary.

This route is for those who cannot be seen at either their college or at New Designers or who may have graduated earlier.

New graduates - during the annual New Designers exhibition at the Business Design Centre or if you or your college will not be at New Designers then you may be interviewed by arrangement at college during the final year show. You may also apply independently.


 The annual subscription is £40 and is due annually on 1st February.

Full details, dates and contacts are on the application form.

Download application here