The Professions – Creative & Design

Photographers, Interior Designers, Artists and Garden Designers are just some of the occupations covered by these professional bodies. See a range of bodies below…

From the Association of Illustrators to the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers this particular sector has a number of great industry based organisations for you to investigate.


Arts Marketing Association

The AMA is for arts professionals passionate about bringing arts and audiences together and works with them throughout their careers to support their aspirations, give them the skills to achieve their goals, grow their confidence and strengthen their organisations.

Association of Illustrators

The AOI was established in 1973 to advance and protect illustrator’s rights and encourage professional standards. The AOI is a non-profit making trade association dedicated to its members’ professional interests and the promotion of illustration.

Association of Photographers

The Association of Photographers was first formed in 1968 as the Association of Fashion and Advertising Photographers and is one of the most prestigious professional photographers’ associations in the world. The Association’s aims remain the same today as they were more than 40 years ago: to promote and protect..

Chartered Society of Designers

On behalf of the design community, the Society carries out regular quarterly surveys to ascertain changes and trends in design business conditions. The surveys collect data from design businesses across a range of key indicators including anticipated growth, staffing levels, recruitment, turnover and business confidence.

Design Business Association

The DBA is a community of over 400 design agencies and design-led businesses who share a set of values and beliefs. By belonging to the UK’s trade association for the design industry, our members are demonstrating a commitment to: The highest professional standards for creative businesses…

International Society of Typographic Designers

International Society of Typographic Designers, ISTD, is a professional body run by and for typographers, graphic designers and educators. The Society has an international membership who share and support its aim to create and inspire interest in all forms of typographic communication.

Master Photographers Association

Established in 1952, the Master Photographers Association is the United Kingdom’s only organisation for qualified and professional photographers. The MPA offers members a variety of membership benefits, including education, qualifications, informative regional meetings, national seminars, business building…

Medical Artists’ Association

Welcome to the Medical Artists’ Association of Great Britain web site. The Association was founded in 1949 and is the professional body for Medical Artists in the UK. Our trained members possess the specialist combination of technical artistic ability with a comprehensive knowledge of medicine and science…

National Photographic Society

The National Photographic Society (NPS) exists to provide information, help and advice to anyone connected to the photographic industry and is run solely by photographers (you can see who by clicking here). The NPS is a non-profit organisation.

Royal Photographic Society

The Royal Photographic Society is an Educational Charity promoting both the art and science of photography. Membership is open to all, whatever level of experience or knowledge. No qualifications are required to join, just a passion and love for one or more of photography’s myriad of genres, technologies and applications.

Society of Garden Designers

Do you need a qualified garden designer to help with gardens and planting or paving, lawns and trees, lighting, garden furniture, swimming pools or wildlife ponds? Whether you have a small town garden or a large country estate, a new garden or one in need of renovation, here you can find the right designer for the job.

Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers

We are dedicated to providing quality training and mentoring to all that ask and want to progress in Professional Photography without prejudice or discrimination. If you are already in practice and want to gain that all important edge over your competitors, then we can help you too.

The Fine Art Trade Guild

The Fine Art Trade Guild’s Five Levels of Framing extend from Museum Level for preservation of the most valuable items, to a basic Budget Level for framing items such as posters. The framing levels were designed to help framers advise customers on the most appropriate methods and materials for framing and…