Placements and work experience in Cambridge School of Art

Getting 'work experience' is easy, isn't it? You just pick up your brush or sit down with your design software and create something wonderful.

But the real working world is increasingly competitive, and the kind of skills and experience you need to stand out as an employee, or succeed in self-employment, involve diverse transferable abilities. It also helps to have a contact or two in the sector, who already see your potential.

As one of our undergraduates, you'll likely have the chance to seek a work placement on our 'Working with the Creative industries' module. But even if you don't, you'll discover opportunities to gain crucial experience, skills and exposure through industry-led activities such as live briefs.


Student case studies

Learn more from our students who have taken placements or worked on live briefs.

Cecelia

Finding out what you really want to do

Joana

The benefits of working outside your comfort zone

Camilla

Learning on the job

Dom

Shooting for the stars

eFrame

Discovering the details of photography

Tom

The importance of a client's customers

Lele

If at first you don't succeed...

Klara

Inspired by live briefs

Drench: Graphic Design placements

Francesca

Insight into small business

Jana's drawing DNA


Discover more opportunities to improve your employability at ARU

Advice and guidance

Frequently asked questions about our work placements

ARU's Careers and Employability page

More information and useful links


Industry engagement

Our past students have found placements and internships, or carried out live briefs, with many different UK and international companies, including:

Digital Media/Graphic Design
Drench; Filofax; Nash Matthews; Onespacemedia; Oostor; Big Youth Group; Coast Digital; Workshop Creative Agency; Piranha Designs

Fashion Design
Alexander McQueen; French Connection; Izmaylova; Laura Ashley; Vivienne Westwood; Bora Aksu Ltd

Illustration/Animation
Moonpig; Wellcome Genome Campus; Museum of Zoology; Global Sustainability Institute; Oblique Arts; Team Red Dot

Interior Design
Cambridgeshire County Council; Loci Design; Monteith Scott; RMJM; Saunders Boston; Village Group Ltd; Paul Liu Design Consultants

Photography:
Brighton Fashion Week; Qamra; Wildwood Festival; Headcase; Immerse Education; Acting Now