The RGD invites 2021 Grads to Apply for Free Professional Membership for 2021
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The RGD is offering students graduating in 2021 from a design program from across school and college in Canada FREE professional Membership for the remainder of 2021. The offer is valid until August 30.


"The past year has been especially challenging for the graduating students with restrictions on in-school learning, in-person networking and a volatile job market. This initiative provides recent grads an unparalleled opportunity to start their careers supported by an organization dedicated to their success. Being a part of the RGD means access to career building resources, up-to-date news, a network of over 4,000 designers across Canada and an industry recognized designation. We welcome all the 2021 grads to become a part of this community of passionate designers." — Elyse Maxwell RGD, Chair, Membership Committee
To begin their professional Membership, 2021 Grads can choose from two options:

Provisional RGD

Eligibility: Graduation from a recognized post-secondary program and 8 or less years of professional experience


If you do not feel ready for the portfolio review required for Provisional Membership, you can apply to be a:

Junior Affiliate

Eligibility: 4 or less years of professional experience


  • Complete the online Membership Application
  • At checkout, enter the code freejraff2021
  • You can upgrade to Provisional RGD Membership at any time in 2021 by completing the required portfolio interview
  • Compare the benefits of Membership for both categories here. 


RGD Members have access to a variety of special discounts, promotional benefits, leadership and networking opportunities, professional development and essential resources that will help take your design career to the next level. Compare the benefits of Membership for both categories here
Questions? Email Zaria Pucknell, RGD's Membership Coordinator Director, at