With the DesCan membership, I can prepare for my academic journey and my professional career in the visual design industry. It has also allowed me to receive the Manitoba Studio Fund scholarship from which I have improved my design skills, worked closely with design professionals and exposed myself to contemporary design ideas and design practices. It’s an amazing opportunity for emerging BIPOC designers like myself.

Jenna Smith

Support, guidance, and preparation for your future. In a few years, the design communications industry will be in your hands.

You’re a busy and committed student responding to the demanding curriculum of a post-secondary program in design communications.


To expand your experience you are seeking knowledge about and exposure to the design industry, looking for professional guidance, and want to connect with the professional community.

You are looking for mentoring opportunities, considering applying for a scholarship or wanting to add new and relevant experiences to your studies. The Student membership is available to Canadian citizens, residents of Canada, and Canadian citizens working abroad.

The Design Professionals of Canada is a determined supporter of post-secondary design education. It invests in the future of the industry by offering discounted memberships for students. For less than $4.00 per month, DesCan Student members have access to CDP™ Certified mentoring opportunities, selected speakers, specific events at a discount, and can participate as much as they wish in our Slack community.


Launch! is a two-day annual event designed specially for graduating students and aspiring designers across the country. Hosted by DesCan, the inspiring and nationwide event provides attendees with opportunities to learn more about the design communications industry and to have their portfolio reviewed. It’s also great for deepening your relationships with your peers.

Have a question about Launch! or DesCan’s support of  post-secondary design education? Reach us at education@descan.ca

When students complete their diploma or degree, DesCan further assists you as you transition into the industry by holding  your membership fee to the Student rate for one additional year. That’s right, your Student membership fee extends for one year after you complete your studies.

You are looking to grow, connect, and maximize your design education — part of your journey starts here.

Student Membership

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Membership Fee

$40 $50.00 per year

Membership includes

  • Accorded title of DesCan Student
  • Student  membership fee applied for 1 additional year after your graduation
  • Mentoring opportunities with CDP Certified
  • Apply for Scholarships
  • Attend DesCan events
  • Attend signature events at Student price
  • DesCan Slack community