Mt Manganui school leaver Kevin Lee kick-started his career with a free digital design course at ACG Yoobee Tauranga.

The programme taught him foundation-level skills in graphic design, animation, filmmaking and web – everything he needed to pathway onto the revolutionary new web and graphic diploma at ACG Yoobee Wellington.

Now the creative 18 year old is on his way to the design career he has always dreamed of, with plans to eventually gain a degree and forge an exciting future as a graphic and web designer.

“Studying at ACG Yoobee Tauranga was very helpful. It was a great way for me to get a taste of this type of hands-on design study. I realised I really liked it!” says Kevin.

After graduating from the programme in December, Kevin signed up for the new Diploma in Digital Design – Web and Graphic, which he started at ACG Yoobee in Wellington at the start of this year.

“I was a little bit nervous at first because I was starting a new life without my family plus I’m the youngest in our class, but I’ve gained a lot more confidence now and am really enjoying my studies and life in Wellington. It’s a really great experience for me.”

The Level 5 diploma programme teaches students how to use graphic design to produce websites, software and user interfaces.

“So far we’ve been familiarizing ourselves with design in general, getting ideas of different target audiences and learning ways to present our work to clients in real life situations. We get to do lots of practical creative work – a recent group task was making an animated movie poster based on a superhero and a disaster!

“Everything is about technology nowadays and we can use it to create really cool, new things. This course is giving me an in-depth knowledge of the design process, particularly in regards to graphic and web.”