Enrolling at UCOL was a “no brainer” for Computer Graphic Design graduate Patrick Monaghan who was drawn to the Whanganui campus by its international reputation and impressive list of graduates.
Captivated by the combination of riverside campus, accessibility and affordability of Whanganui, Patrick found studying at UCOL an “overwhelmingly positive and enriching experience”.
Throughout his time at UCOL Patrick says he grew as a person and a designer. “UCOL is where I began to visualise and shape my goals in preparation for working in the industry.”
Patrick loved the course so much he decided to carry on and complete an Honours year.
He believes that the people and the place of study have a huge impact on the success of a programme as a whole. “Without doubt, the tutors, support staff and students were all of the highest quality.”
Encouraged to use his talent and creativity to push beyond the boundaries of traditional design, Patrick began to shape a career in design.
Initially working at leading game development company PikPok in Wellington, Patrick immersed himself in the industry, enjoying the positive personal experience.
A few years later, with the intention of creating his own creative brand, Patrick returned to Whanganui to establish Ivory Creative, specialising in wedding and commercial videography.
Continuing to grow the identity of his brand, Patrick has worked with a range of organisations and people - most notably, kiwi music sensation Lorde.
Patrick attributes his success to the skills and industry connections he attained at UCOL. “They have been invaluable for me on this journey so far, both personally and professionally, and I am sure they will hold me in good stead heading into the future.”
In 2016 Patrick plans to study a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) to spread his knowledge of Graphic Design, Photography, Audio/Visual & Media Studies.
Carrying on with his vision for Ivory Creative, Patrick hopes to develop himself creatively through his work in addition to passing on the passion.
Ivory Creative, based in Whanganui, New Zealand, creates finely crafted Wedding Films delivered in digestible and engaging packages. It prides itself of first class operating and editing, with quality tools and experienced practitioners.