Design work experience student workbook

A 20 page workbook to help students complete work experience in a design studio.


How work experience works
How to organise your studio contacts
Suggested interview questions
Help write a design brief
Achievements checklist to record outcomes

Read more about the workbook.

Price: $27.50 inc gst
The book will be supplied as a PDF.
Place your order here. Once payment is verified you will be sent the file via email.

Applying for work experience

How does work experience in a design studio benefit your daughter or son?

Work experience helps to:

  • test whether graphic design is the career they want
  • complete real work in design studio setting
  • learn what an owner wants in design studio
  • build general work skills like workplace communication, independence and team work
  • develop specific design skills
  • gain confidence and maturity through participation in an adult work environment
  • make informed decisions when planning the transition from school to further education and work.

What are the benefits for parents?

  • provide the opportunity to discuss working in a design studio, even though you may be in a different industry it allows you to discuss your past or current experiences in the workplace
  • gives the opportunity to positively contribute to the student’s education and career path
  • gives the opportunity to interact with careers and graphic communication teachers
  • gets parents involved in discussions about career pathways including looking at training or tertiary education in design.

What is the general procedure for work experience?


  • student prepares a list of possible studios for work experience
  • student makes contact via telephone
  • studio may request the student attend for an interview or at least send a folio of student work
  • studio may supply an outline of the work to be undertaken. Parents receive a copy of the plan and guidelines for behaviour in the studio
  • teachers work to prepare students for the experience. Parents help their child with their preparations and arrangement.


  • students attend the studio every day of the program (usually 1 week)
  • studio owner or nominated designer/design manager supervise the students in the workplace
  • a teacher makes a supervisory visit or phone call to the studio and the student to check on their progress and welfare
  • parents provide support and encouragement at home.


  • the design studio owner will report on the student’s performance in the studio
  • teachers follow up with the students to ensure maximum benefit
  • parents and students use the Work Experience Workbook to discuss the experience and possible education and training pathways.

Q and A’s

Will your child be paid?

This will vary from state to state. For example in NSW students are classified as ‘voluntary workers’ and host employers are not required to make any payment to them under the Federal or State award covering their industry, the NSW Annual Holidays Act or the Workers’ Compensation Act. This is the case in 2014. Any payment to the student may invalidate the Department’s insurance and indemnity arrangements.

You should check the relevant legislation in your state.

What about travel to and from the studio?

This is up to you and your daughter or son. When researching possible work experience placement you should consider public transport options to ensure it is not too difficult for them to get to the studio. It is part of the assessment that the student arrives at the studio on time each day.

All travel is at the student’s expense.

Your child’s safety

Student safety and child protection are very important priorities for all concerned. Check with your school for specific requirements in your state. The studio owner is required to ensure that all staff are aware of child protection issues and of their special responsibilities when working with school students.

In emergencies

Some states have a system to cover emergencies. The design studio owner will have a record of emergency contacts that is gathered as part of the work experience agreement.

Insurance and indemnity

Check with the teacher to make sure that the student is covered by the school’s insurance.