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 will work experience in a design studio benefit you?

Work experience helps to:

  • test whether graphic design is the career you want
  • complete real work in design studio setting
  • learn what an owner wants in a 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 is the general procedure for work experience?


  • you prepare a list of possible studios for work experience
  • you make contact via telephone
  • studio may request you attend for an interview or at least send a folio of your work
  • the studio may supply an outline of the work to be undertaken
  • teachers should help you prepare. Parents help you with your preparations and arrangements


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


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

Q and A’s

Will you 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. Any payment to the student may invalidate the Department’s insurance and indemnity arrangements.

What about travel to and from the studio?

This is up to you and your parents to arrange. In looking at possible work experience placement you should consider public transport options so that it is easy for you to get to the studio. It is part of the assessment that you get to the studio on time each day.

All travel is at your expense.

Your safety

Your safety and 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 you are covered by the school’s insurance.