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Logan Dear

Academy Graphics Programme Graduate

A photograph of UCOL Academy Graphics Graduate Logan Dear.

Logan Dear got his first taste of Graphic Design as a U-Skills Academy student, and enjoyed it so much he later enrolled in UCOL’s Bachelor of Creative Media.

While in Year 11 at Manawatu College, Logan came across the UCOL’s Academy programmes in the school notices. The Academy programmes allow secondary school students to study a specialised subject at UCOL one day a week. With Graphics not being taught at his school, Logan saw this as a good opportunity to try something different while earning NCEA credits. 

The Academy Graphics Programme* gave Logan his first taste of using industry-standard design technology in UCOL’s Creative Industries facility. 

“The Mac computers are a bit different to what I’m used to, but it was good to see what other technology there is and what’s best for the projects we’re trying to do.”  

Despite him only being at UCOL for one day a week for the academy programme, Logan says the lecturers were always happy to provide advice outside of class time. 

“Everyone was helpful and supportive. Even though we were there for only one day a week, there was work we had to take away and do, and if we got stuck we could always get in contact with the lecturers for help. Having that available support was good, and it kept you thinking about the projects.” 

Logan says the Academy Graphics Programme gave him good fundamental skills around designing logos, posters, and other marketing material. Projects included designing a personal logo and CV, and researching art history.

Logan complemented his Graphics studies with some work experience at Norwoods in the school holidays, helping design branded stationery. 

Wanting to continue with Graphic Design after he finished school, Logan enrolled in UCOL’s Bachelor of Creative Media. He was attracted to the programme by of the variety of disciplines it covers, and he has since developed an interest in photography. 

Check out this video made by the class of 2017 and staff to get an idea of what the degree is all about.


He says the Academy Graphics Programme prepared him well for the Bachelor of Creative Media.

“It gives you a good look into what studying fulltime at UCOL is going to be about.”

A volunteer firefighter in Himatangi Beach, Logan has used his design skills to create posters promoting fire brigade events. 

After he finishes his degree, Logan wants to gain some experience in the creative industries, before working as a firefighter. He says being a firefighter isn’t a life-long career, and sees the importance of having a degree and other skills he can put to use when the time comes. 

*The Academy Graphics Programme has been superceded by the Academy Digital Innovation Programme

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