Established Designer

Taking the next steps to advance your career

Take the next steps to advance in your career

After more than five years of work experience in your field, you’ve gained confidence in your skills and made headway in your career. Now, it’s time to take things to the next level. Join an inspiring network of creative peers, solidify your career footprint and gain an advantage through invaluable mentorship opportunities.

Annual membership fee of AED 1,500/yr.

Eligibility

Membership criteria:

  • Currently active as a professional designer (full-time, part-time, freelance)
  • Minimum 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)

Benefits

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

Membership Fee

AED 1,500/yr

Mentorship

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