OTTAWA, Oct. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - 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," said Adrian Jean, CGD, the GDC National 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 will become a global certification system," said AGDA President, Paul van Barnveld.
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 organization for professional graphic designers. It was founded in 1988 to facilitate the advancement of the graphic design profession in Australia. AGDA's goal is the establishment of fair and productive working relationships between graphic designers and their clients. AGDA provides designers with the tools and information to take control of their professional lives. AGDA also works on increasing awareness of the value and importance of graphic design in business, education and culture. AGDA manages a program of awards, exhibitions, seminars and professional development activities for its members. Many of these activities are also available to the wider design and business communities.
AGDA has over 2500 student, graduate, associate and professional members in 7 states and territories of Australia. AGDA is currently developing a national certification system for its professional members.
More information may be found at www.gdc.net.
SOURCE: Society of Graphic Designers of Canada
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