Graduate Success

Kiah Nagasaka

Employed at The Beauty Collective

“Working in the creative industries has brought me fulfilment that I wasn’t sure existed in the real world. The job is tricky at times, but the payoff is well worth it. Getting to be creative for a living never really feels like work!

“I grew up in Maui, Hawaii, where my dad owns a sign business, so when I moved to New Zealand it seemed like a natural progression to get a job with a signage company. My work always brought me into contact with graphic designers as we did a lot of corporate signage and I always dreamed of being on the other side of the brand guidelines! I looked into a Bachelor Degree at first but the idea of spending three years at school held little appeal. Then, while researching short courses, I found ACG Yoobee!

“Studying at ACG Yoobee gave me such a good foundation to build off. It taught me how to work with other designers and helped me to be confident in my creativity while giving me the skills to execute my ideas. The amount of pre-press we did was particularly beneficial - my tutors were all about making sure we developed good pre-press and filing habits. The technical knowledge I gained at ACG Yoobee has been invaluable. I feel like I can be so much more efficient with InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop than I would have been if I’d opted for a Bachelor Degree. I ended up graduating with Distinction – it was amazing to feel like all the hard work I’d put in throughout the year had been recognised.

“Towards the end of my course my tutor suggested I apply for a job she’d heard about at The Beauty Collective, a cosmetic accessory company that supplies products to pharmacies in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. They sent me a small trial project to work on before the interview. My tutor was incredibly supportive and helpful throughout the whole process, helping me put together my portfolio and prepare for the interview. It was a long shot but I went for it and got the job! I started working for them part-time and went full-time once I graduated. I’ve nearly been there two years now!”

Kiah Studied