Join the Society

The Society of offers different membership types. Full membership is available for established creators and we offer a Licentiate membership for newly graduated designer makers and independent craftsmen who've recently returned to making after a career break or re-training.

Membership Types

Full membership

Our full membership (MSDC) is for established designer makers with several years of experience who are personally involved in the design, control and production of finely crafted works.

  • Professional accreditation and certification as a fully elected member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen via our Selection Committee
  • Right to use letters MSDC after your name when membership is retained
  • Create your own Maker’s Profile on the Society’s Website
  • Participate in our members’ only online forum
  • Ability to submit your practice related news and events on the Society’s Website
  • Opportunity to apply to exhibit at the Society’s annual Designer Crafts exhibition
  • Receive a quarterly newsletter of Society/member news
  • Right to attend and vote at the Society’s Annual General Meeting
  • Receive Invitations to Private Views
  • 10% off in the Shop within the Show
  • Support the Society’s charitable activities

Annual price: £75.00 (£15 non-refundable fee for processing of application)

Licentiate

Our licentiate membership (LSDC) is aimed at designer makers that are newly graduated and independent craftsmen who've recently returned to making after a career break or re-training.

  • Professional accreditation and certification as a Licentiate member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen via our Selection Committee
  • Right to use letters LSDC after your name when membership is retained
  • Create your own Maker’s Profile on the Society’s Website
  • Participate in our members’ only online forum
  • Ability to submit your practice related news and events on the Society’s Website
  • Opportunity to apply to exhibit at the Society’s annual Designer Crafts exhibition
  • Receive a quarterly newsletter of Society/member news
  • Right to attend the Society’s Annual General Meeting
  • Receive Invitations to Private Views
  • 10% off in the Shop within the Show
  • Support the Society’s charitable activities

Annual price: £50.00 (£15 non-refundable fee for processing of application)

Membership Criteria

We have a long tradition of and commitment to nurturing emerging and developing talents in designer craftsmanship. In 1973, we established our successful Licentiate membership, with the aim of providing designer makers with a bridge between being a student/new maker and becoming an established, confident and accomplished designer maker.

Licentiates and full members must fulfil the Society's requirement to demonstrate exceptional skill and individuality, as well as showing future creative and commercial potential.