The Society of Dyers and Colourists

Educating the changing world in the science of colour.

The SDC aims to be the outstanding provider of education and community engagement for those studying and working with coloration.

The SDC is the outstanding provider of colour education, offering a range of internationally recognised coloration courses and qualifications. Our mission is to educate the changing world in the science of colour.

Founded in 1884, the SDC became a registered charity in 1962 and was awarded a Royal Charter in 1963.

The SDC remains the only organisation in the world able to award the Chartered Colourist status. The SDC works globally, with worldwide membership and is a centre for networking and community engagement amongst the coloration industry.

Our services and activities include:

The SDC Colour Community. A global community that inspires you to get involved with SDC activities to grow and increase your network. Including around 2,000 members in 50 countries.

Colour Education. Our expert-led Colour Education Pathway building skills and confidence in colour theory and practice. With access to bursaries for students and a range of specialist colour publications.


A wide range of events and competitions delivering education and a great experience and enabling you to connect and build your network.

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