Based in London, the Society of Illustrators, Artists and Designers is an international membership organisation that exists to support, encourage and guide illustrators, artists and designers at every stage of their professional career and to promote their work to the widest possible audience. SIAD is not a trade body or association and functions as a learned society.
Qualified Membership of SIAD is an indication of professional experience and competence that will be recognised by the international creative community. SIAD provides its members with a platform on
which to promote their work to the widest possible international audience.
Membership of SIAD is open to all practitioners in all creative disciplines. SIAD is an inclusive organisation offering real and practical benefits to all members for a very modest annual membership fee.
We welcome applications for Student Membership (DipSIAD) from students enrolled on a tertiary level course in any creative discipline at a recognised academic institution, anywhere in the world.
All professional members join as an Ordinary Member (MSIAD) and, after a minimum of twelve months, may begin their progression through our three levels of Qualified Membership (LSIAD, ASIAD and FSIAD). Qualified Membership of SIAD, particularly Fellowship, will be recognised internationally as one of the most prestigious distinctions in the international creative sector.
SIAD also awards the unique distinction of Master Designer™ (MDes™) to members of the international creative community who have attained the highest accolades of their profession. This might include, for example, winning an internationally-recognised award of excellence in their particular discipline or for creating a piece of work that is celebrated internationally as being of the highest creative standing.
In order to achieve the ultimate accolade of Master Designer, applicants are required to prove that they operate to the highest professional standards and to evidence their competences to a panel of leading creative practitioners. Because we see this award as the highest accolade of the creative professions, to be considered for this award a prospective Master Designer must already be a Fellow of SIAD.