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Design student wins dream job

Studying computer graphic design in New Zealand has won Ryan Serrano a coveted job with internationally-famous design and effects facility Weta Workshop.

“Being a Weta Workshop artist has been my dream job ever since the release of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. I love my work,” says Ryan, whose role involves 3D sculpting of digital models for props, collectables and costumes.

Ryan, from the Philippines, has a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Graphic Design at Whanganui UCOL.

“I decided to study here because I wanted to learn the culture and have an introduction to the way of living in the country that I want to spend the rest of my life in,” he says

UCOL helped Ryan to present his portfolio in way that showcased his ability and potential to New Zealand employers. He used the same technology studying at UCOL that he now uses at Weta Workshop.

I believe it was this experience and the guidance of my lecturers that gave me the edge I needed to secure my dream job.

Ryan’s Level 8 student visa enabled his wife, Windy Grace Duque, to come with him to New Zealand. The couple are enjoying exploring New Zealand’s beautiful natural environment and culture.

“I love the people here,” says Ryan. “They’re very friendly and polite and most of all trustworthy.”

Ryan Serrano, Philippines, Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Graphic Design



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