Affixes

As the designatory awarding body for the Display /P.O.S./ Exhibition Design fields of practice we can enhance your professional standing in the industry by the granting of a designatory affix that acknowledges your professionalism.

The grades of the BDS designatory awards are CERT BDS, ProDip.BDS, LBDS (Licentiate), ABDS (Associate), and FBDS (Fellow). Such a valuable distinction would mark your experience, skill and standing within the field of design practice. If you feel that you deserve recognition by the awarding of an affix (CERT.BDS, ProDip.BDS, LBDS, ABDS, FBDS) then apply to the BDS secretary for full details and a relevant application form.

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The Granting of Affixes

Section 1 – Affixes awarded by way of examination

N.DIP.BDS

Students who have completed a Final Year BDS National Diploma Course in Retail Design, POS design, Exhibition design with an overall distinction are automatically entitled to use the affix N.DIP.BDS.

TECH.BDS

Students who have successfully completed the BDS Technician Certificate Course in Display with an overall distinction are automatically entitled to use the affix TECH.BDS.

DIP.BDS

Students who have successfully completed the BDS General Certificate Course in Display with an overall distinction are automatically entitled to use the affix DIP.BDS.

CERT.BDS

CERT.BDS recognition is open to all those who have successfully completed a BDS recognised and approved alternative course of design studies.

ProDip.BDS

ProDip.BDS recognition is open to students that have graduated from a BDS approved degree level course.

Section 2 – Membership & Affixes awarded by way of application

Member of the BDS

 MBDS Open to those who have no formal training in display, but have a general interest in design.
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Licentiateship

LBDS recognition is open to those who have been actively engaged in the delivery of design courses, as distinct from those engaged in commercial practice, for a minimum of three years.
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Associateship

ABDS recognition is open to those who have been actively engaged in design practice for a minimum period of five years, or have passed the appropriate examinations.
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Fellowship

FBDS recognition is open to all those who have held Licentiateship (LBDS) or Associateship (ABDS) for a minimum period of three years, plus submission of folio of work and sponsorship by two fellows of the Society.
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