The three tiers of Qualified Membership - progressively, Licentiateship (LSIAD), Associateship (ASIAD) and Fellowship (FSIAD) - provide a 'professional pathway' each of which will be recognised worldwide as a step on the route to FSIAD; probably the most prestigious distinction in the international creative sector.

The annual membership fee is the same for all Ordinary and Qualified Members.  Unlike many professional institutions, SIAD does not increase the annual membership fee for progressively higher categories of membership; all members pay the same, currently £40 (€40 / US$45) per year.  The membership year runs from 1 January to 31 December with the annual membership fee to be paid before the 31 January that year.



Associate Member (ASIAD)


This is the intermediate level of Qualified Membership.  After two years as a Licentiate, you will be eligible to apply for Associateship.  Application for ASIAD is by submission of an Application Form and a Portfolio (sent electronically) of 20 examples of your professional work.  Application for ASIAD costs £30 (€30 / US$35).  If your application is successful you will be sent your Associateship Certificate and entitled to use the letters ASIAD after your name with immediate effect.

An Associate Member would be expected to apply for Fellowship of the Society after three years as an Associate Member.  However, they may, if they wish, remain as an Associate Member for a maximum of five years whereupon they must then apply for Fellowship.

Details of how to submit your ASIAD electronic portfolio are provided on the application form.  Your digital files will be used to showcase your work on the SIAD website.

To convert from Licentiate Member (LSIAD) to Associate Member (ASIAD) 

follow these six simple steps ...

  1. Open and complete the Application Form by clicking on the PDF icon below.

  2. Save a copy of your completed Application Form to your computer.

  3. Pay the £30 (€30/US$35) application fee by clicking on the PayPal "Buy Now" link below.

  4. Save a copy of your PayPal payment confirmation to your computer.

  5. Select 20 examples of your professional work and provide a digital image as a jpeg file (the specification for these jpeg images is provided on the Application Form)

  6. Send a copy of your completed Application Form, your PayPal payment confirmation, and the 20 examples of your professional work by attaching them to this email Click Here >>


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