• Membership

Become part of Australia’s production design community and help shape the future of our industry. In becoming a member of the APDG, you’ll be joining a community that aims to:

  • Represent designers and their associates in screen, live performance, events and digital production across Australia.
  • Recognise and nurture excellence in design through awards, mentoring and accreditation.
  • Raise the profile of stage and screen design and facilitate a vibrant design community.

The APDG is not a union but aims to improve the working conditions of live performance and screen designers while facilitating a vibrant community.

More information can be found on the guild on our About page.

Membership levels

• Full

$150/year

Full members must be Australian residents or citizens who are creative artists in screen, live performance, events and/or digital production.

Member benefits:
– entry into the APDG Awards.
– serving on APDG committees and voting in ballots.
– advertising yourself or your business in our Member Directory.
– applying for APDG accreditation (after 3 years of continuous membership). APDG accredited members are granted lifetime complimentary accredited membership on retirement.
– access to member-only resources and competitions.


• Emerging Designer

2 years discounted – $75/year

Early career designers are eligible to apply for this level of membership*. Applicants must have less than 2 years experience working in their chosen industry to be eligible. This membership type is valid for 2 years from application.

* After applying for this membership you will be asked to upload a CV, graduation certificate or other form of proof showing you have less than 2 years experience in the industry, or post graduation.

Member benefits:
– entry into the APDG Awards.
– advertising yourself or your business in our Member Directory.
– access to member-only resources and competitions.


• Affiliate

$75/year

There are no restrictions on who can be an affiliate of the APDG. This category is designed for businesses, directors, cinematographers, producers, suppliers, agents and affiliated professionals. In effect we would like to encourage anybody, anywhere in the world, with an interest in Australian production design to become an affiliate member.

Member benefits:
– advertising yourself or your business in our Member Directory.
– your business name be included on APDG Award trophies whenever your employees enter our awards as members.
– access to member-only resources and competitions.


• Concession – student

$50/year

This CONCESSION membership is for students of stage and screen design who are Australian residents or citizens.

Member benefits:
– entry into the EMERGING or STUDENT categories of the APDG Awards.
– participation in APDG committees and ballots.
– advertising yourself or your business in our Member Directory.
– access to member-only resources and competitions.


• Concession – casual teacher or retiree

$50/year

This CONCESSION membership is for casual teachers and retired practitioners of stage and screen design who are Australian residents or citizens.

Member benefits:
– participation in APDG committees and ballots.
– advertising yourself or your business in our Member Directory.
– access to member-only resources and competitions.


Final Year Student

1 year free

This is a free concession membership to the APDG for students in their final year. This membership is valid for 1 year. Students can then apply as an ‘Emerging Designer’.

Member benefits:
– entry into the EMERGING or STUDENT categories of the APDG Awards.
– participation in APDG committees and ballots.
– advertising yourself or your business in our Member Directory.
– access to member-only resources and competitions.

To sign up for this one year free account, please email admin@apdg.org.au with your full name and a copy of your course ID card.

Existing members

In response to the economic impacts of Covid-19 on our community, the APDG understands that members may not be in a financial position to renew their memberships at this time. If your membership is due for renewal and you are experiencing financial hardship, please contact Rebecca admin@apdg.org.au to request a deferral on your fee payments, while still retaining your current membership status. For members who are still working or in a financial position to maintain your membership, we very much appreciate your support at this time.

Membership payment

Payment can be made by bank/credit card. For other payment options please email admin@apdg.org.au.


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If you have any questions regarding membership, please email admin@apdg.org.au.


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