Placements and work experience in Cambridge School of Art

Getting 'work experience' is easy, isn't it? 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 many different transferable abilities. It also helps to have a contact or two in the art and design industries, who already see your potential.

As one of our Cambridge School of Art undergraduates, you'll have the chance to find a work placement on our 'Working with the Creative industries' module, or take an optional placement year, as well as discovering opportunities to gain crucial experience, skills and exposure through industry-led activities such as live briefs.

Case studies

Learn more from our students who have taken placements or worked on live briefs, and the employers that have provided them.

Headway Cambridgeshire

Illustrating the IMPACT of World War 1


How Allia Future helped shape my future

Curveball media

Nurturing talent


Learning on the job


The benefits of working outside your comfort zone


Shooting for the stars


The importance of a client's customers


Finding out what you really want to do


If at first you don't succeed...


Inspired by live briefs

Drench: Graphic Design placements


Insight into small business


Discovering the details of photography

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 students have found placements and internships, carried out live briefs, and attended guest lectures with many top UK and international creative companies, including:

Digital Media Production/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

Passion Pictures; The Mill; FrameStore; Studio AkaMoonpig; 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

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