AGDA and GDC Sign Historic Memorandum of Understanding
1st October, 2012
Working together to raise awareness of the value of the certification of designers worldwide
The Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) and the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) are pleased to announce that they have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding whereby both will seek to share information, systems, strategies and methodologies concerning the development and implementation of a certification program for graphic designers in Australia.
Collaboration between the GDC and AGDA will provide the opportunity for both parties to further strengthen and support each of their certification programs bilaterally, enabling shared ideals and common objectives. Specifically, benefits will include the global positioning of GDC and AGDA certification programs as examples of world best practice; a catalyst for the development of a global certification system that may be available for designers in other countries; strength in numbers when approaching governments for support and leadership; mutual recognition of certification in Canada & Australia: a benefit for designers wishing to work within these two countries; a developing relationship between GDC and AGDA which could foster further opportunities for agreements in future years; the creation of momentum for the development of certification programs in other countries.
The GDC has long admired and respected the work of the AGDA and we were flattered to be asked to assist them in the process of developing a certification program in Australia. The GDC has been certifying graphic and communication designers in Canada for over 50 years. We are keen to share our abundant learnings and processes with our AGDA partners.
- Adrian Jean, GDC President
What a momentous occasion, not only for members of the GDC and AGDA, but for all graphic and communication designers world-wide as this agreement marks the beginning of what can be the beginning of a global certification system.
- Paul van Barnveld, AGDA President
About the GDC
The GDC has been Canada's national certification body for graphic and communication design since 1956, establishing standards for design professionals, educators, and administrators. Through their certification program, the GDC licenses the unique "CGD" certification mark to members whose services meet rigorous, standardized criteria. The CGD certification mark is recognized across Canada as the mark of professional services and ethical business conduct. Through the media, publications, seminars, events, conferences and exhibits, the GDC builds awareness of graphic design and its essential role in business and society.
With nine Chapters throughout the country, the GDC allows designers to remain aware of changes and trends impacting the profession both regionally and nationally.
The Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) is the peak organisation for graphic designers, founded in 1988 to facilitate the advancement of the communication design profession; the establishment of fair and productive working relationships between designers and clients. the advocacy of design thinking and innovation in enterprise, education and culture. AGDA manages a program of awards, exhibitions, seminars and professional development activities for its members and the wider design and business communities.
AGDA has over 2500 student, graduate, associate and professional members in 7 states and territories of Australia, and is currently developing a national certification system for its professional members.