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 students?

Work experience helps to:

  • test whether graphic design is the career they want
  • complete real work in a 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?


  • 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
  • before the work experience the studio may supply an outline of the work to be undertaken. Students 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 arrangements.


  • 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.