Kelvin Ogumor is studying MA Graphic Communication at Cardiff Campus. From Nigeria, he shares some of his experiences as a student living in Wales.
“The MA Graphic Communication course has everything I wanted. It’s a design-focused course and I like the emphasis on communication and branding
I have found the whole approach to graphics at USW very different to how the subject is approached in Nigeria. Here there is much more emphasis on the process, you don’t only submit your final work, but show the process you went through to reach that end point. This is key and directly related to your success in employment after graduation. Clients and design companies will expect you to show examples of the design process.
I had to learn new software and applications upon joining the course – I moved from using Microsoft packages to using a Mac. After a few attempts I found it easy to adapt to the new system.
The teaching staff on my course have been really helpful. They have been understanding and guided and helped me throughout. They care about you and your work – I would rank them as the best lecturers I’ve ever had, my course leader is my inspiration.
The highlight of my academic year was when I was asked to help undergraduate students prepare for their end of year show. I’ve been working with them on branding and learnt so much being involved in this.
Outside of studying, I have had a great social experience. Cardiff Campus is lovely and I’ve made some great friends. I even spent Christmas at a friend’s house with his family. Everyone is so friendly in Wales!
My course finishes in September and I hope to get an internship in the UK to gain professional experience. I’ve already completed a two week internship where I worked with the head of graphics at a private agency. I learnt so much, not only about design and print techniques, but also about how a professional graphics company is run.
Honestly, I never imagined that I could do so well academically, studying MA Graphic Communications is so much fun, and I’m pleased I can show my mum how well I’m doing here and make her proud.”