Emerging Designer

Recent grads and young professionals of the design industry

Get the guidance and support you need for success

For young professionals just starting out, invested mentors are crucial to establishing the right career trajectory. DDFC Membership offers emerging designers the tools they need to get ahead and stay ahead in a competitive industry.

Annual membership fee of AED 800/yr.


Membership criteria:

  • Currently active as a professional designer (full-time, part-time, freelance)
  • No more than 5 years of demonstrated work experience

Required application documents:

  • CV copy
  • Passport copy
  • Attested college/university diploma copy
  • Reference letter from employer/business partner or academic institution/mentor
  • Professional portfolio and description of the latest 3 projects detailing your role
  • Business/trade license copy (for business owners only)


Access to the following services: Internship • Mentorship  Workshops Financial & Legal Advisory  DDFC Business Incubator • DDFC Showcase • DDFC Endorsement • Sponsorship • Promotional Support

Membership Fee

AED 800/yr


Benefits include:

  • Matching with Dubai-based industry specialists
  • Up to 5-months of personalised one-on-one mentorship
  • Tangible career and personal goal development

DDFC Business Incubator

Benefits include:

  • Invitation to a specialised platform designed to promote entrepreneurship
  • Business, legal and financial advisory
  • Subsidised license fees (based on eligibility)
  • Access to shared and individual offices at accessible rates

DDFC Showcase

Benefits include:

  • Awareness of the global design industry through DDFC partners
  • Local, regional and international exposure opportunities
  • Year-round openings to showcase work at DDFC-affiliated events, digital channels and exhibitions

Legal Advisory

Benefits include:

  • Access to in-house legal experts
  • Support covering contracts, intellectual property, legal disputes and copyright laws
  • Introduction to fundamental legal practices in design

Financial Advisory

Benefits include:

  • Access to in-house finance experts
  • Introduction guides and e-books on business practice, financial modelling, pricing, profit and loss statements, and managing cash flow