An Educational Member is an entity engaged in the education and training of designers, the raising of standards, and conducting design research.
  • The organisation must:
    • offer post-secondary programme(s) in design that is/are at least two years in length
    • programme of study must be coherent and result in a certificate or degree of completion
    • actively work to raise design standards and the conditions within which designers practice design
    • actively engage in promoting design research
    • be in operation for a minimum of 24 months
    • be willing to actively engage in ico-D activities
    • complete an application form
    • pay an annual membership fee


    For cases in which the information supplied in the form is insufficient for the Executive Board to make a decision, applicants will be contacted and may be asked to supply additional information, including but not limited to:

    • letters of reference or recommendation
    • examples of student work
    • copy of curriculum or syllabus
    • press reviews
    • recommendation from industry colleagues (local or international)
    • alumni network
  • An Educational Member is entitled to take part in all ico-D programmes and projects and is invited to propose and host projects and events.  Full participation in the Educational Platform and its related Working Groups is open to all Educational Members.

    An Educational Member is invited to attend the biennial ico-D General Assembly as a Delegate and has certain voting rights in the governance of the Council. 

    Download the full list of member benefits and responsibilities.

  • ico-D’s membership fee structure is established by the Executive Board and ratified by the membership at the General Assembly. Fees are reviewed on a biennial basis.

Pricing Policy
    The ico-D membership pricing policy that determines the fees for each zone is based on per capita Gross National Income (GNI). The GNI figures are provided by the World Bank. This policy was adopted by the ico-D General Assembly in order to ensure equitable payment by members in different economic situations.

    Download the full pricing schedule and policies.