Frequently asked questions

The Dubai Design & Fashion Council (DDFC) was established by the Dubai Government to raise the profile of Dubai as a regional and global destination for design. Leading the development of a sustainable industry, DDFC provides in-depth market intelligence and helps elevate local and regional talent, enabling the contribution of the creative industries to the development of the Emirate.

 

DDFC oversees, supports, promotes and drives initiatives related to 5 key design segments: Architecture, fashion design, graphic design, interior design and product design.

DDFC offers support to the design community at all stages of their professional careers, starting from university students up to affiliated professionals. This includes internships for students , bespoke 3-month one-on-one mentorships, promotion via the Members Directory and showcasing opportunities, business support (Legal Advisory, Financial Advisory and Business Incubator), year-round workshops and talks, events, and more.

DDFC Membership is a platform that gives designers of all disciplines and career levels access to a comprehensive suite of benefits for promotion, talent development and business support: from advisement and internship programs structured to enhance your opportunities, to personalized one-on-one mentorships and greater exposure to industry pioneers, professional workshops and training sessions to hone your skills and check in with best practice, access to partner business incubators, which provides your with business, legal and financial advisory,  and local & international showcasing opportunities.

DDFC Membership is open to students and professionals who are studying or working in the design sector. Disciplines must fall under any of the following categories: Architecture, fashion design, graphic design, interior design and product design.

There are four types of memberships: Student, Emerging Designer, Established Designer and Affiliated Professional.

You can apply through the DDFC Membership online application form.

Yes, there is a minimal annual membership fee for members once they are accepted.

Student Membership: AED 400

Emerging Designer Membership: AED 800

Established Designer Membership: AED 1500

Affiliated Professional membership: AED 1000

At the moment, we do not accept bank transfers or cheques. Once your application is reviewed and approved, you will receive a payment link in your registered email account. You can click on this link and pay via a credit card.

If you have not received the payment link in your inbox, please check your Spam/Junk mailbox.

If you are unable to access your payment link, please follow the below steps:

  1. Log into your account on the DDFC website, by clicking on the sign-in icon located on the top left corner in the home page.
  2. Once you log in with your user name and password, you will be automatically directed to the payment page.

If you’re unsure about which membership type you should apply for, contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

Student category is for applicants currently enrolled in a design programme. If you have completed your degree, then you would be eligible to apply under the Emerging Designer category.

A degree in a design programme is not mandatory to apply for DDFC membership, however you are required to submit your Portfolio and design work experience for our review and records.

Yes! DDFC accepts applications from design students and professionals based anywhere.

It is not a requirement to be based in the UAE, however most of our workshops, talks, mentorships, social events will be based in Dubai, and it would be beneficial if you can be here in order to benefit from them.

Nevertheless, there are other benefits that you could take advantage of that doesn’t require you to be permanently present in Dubai like showcasing in local and international events, participating in members-only open calls and competitions etc. Additionally, as a member you would be able to have your profile on the Membership Directory on the DDFC website and stay up to date on news and activities of the design industry and community in the region.

No, applications are open throughout the year.

If your trade license is still under process, we suggest you choose ‘Director’ under the Job level field and a trade license will then not be necessary.

You can contact a member of our team on 800 3332 or email membership@ddfc.ae, with any questions.

The Members Directory is DDFC’s online platform for its members to publish their professional profiles. Here design students, upcoming designers and established professionals can showcase their work to recruiters and talent seekers, network with peers and build their online presence and brand.

No. Once you are a DDFC member, you have access to all year-long workshops and talks in both design, business, legal, financial, business setup and many other interesting topics that are beneficial for people in design related businesses.

You will find details of upcoming workshops and talks under the ‘News & Events’ section on our website. Events will also be posted on all our social media channels.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The Mentorship Programme is a 3-month, personalized programme for designers that is career and results-focused. After being matched with a DDFC Mentor based on their discipline and professional goals, designers attend 6 one-hour sessions over the course of five months.

Designers work one-on-one with mentors to tangibly advance their career or skillset. At the end of the programme, designers will have produced a project, concept, plan or other deliverable that they can use in the next steps of their career path.

DDFC Mentors are a diverse group of experts representing the best in their industries. From business specialists to international designers, they offer invaluable guidance to designers in starting a business, building a personal brand, creating innovative work and excelling in their field.

The mentorship is designed to focus on building the careers of designers and is offered to Emerging Designer and Established Designer members.

Available Internships will be posted on the DDFC website and the company offering the internship will select the final candidate. Selection will be based on experience, portfolio and required skills stated in the internship opportunity.

There is no set schedule, internships are posted as and when available.