Kurt Ratana is currently working for Redcactus, a branding and packaging design studio based out of Parnell, which he tells us he enjoys because he gets to “…do something creative every day and get paid for it” and “no two jobs are ever the same.” Kurt tells us, in his own words, about his experience with Media Design School and why choosing Media Design School was the best possible decision for his career.
"I thought that it would be a detached learning experience like what I was familiar with after studying at a larger university, but it was quite the opposite. That was probably the thing that surprised me the most. At a big uni with thousands and thousands of students you get the feeling that you're just a cog in the machine.
At Media Design School it was a lot more personal, which made it more social, and ultimately made for a more friendly learning environment.
The lecturers I admired most were Katala McGregor and James Murray. Katala wasn't my lecturer for very long but her broad knowledge of Photoshop and candid feedback made it possible to learn a large amount about design in a very short time. I am also a fairly quiet person by nature and I felt that Katala made sure I didn't slip through the cracks during my first few weeks there.
I had never even touched Adobe Illustrator before Jim took over as my lecturer. I knew nothing about packaging and very little about branding. He is definitely the reason I am in the position I am now. He helped me quickly grasp the basics and now Illustrator is probably my most efficient program.
I would highly recommend Media Design School as a place to study for anyone interested in pursuing a career in design. Like me, you'll find a super friendly vibe in a great environment that nurtures inquisitiveness and learning. The lecturers are incredibly personable and draw from a great wealth of knowledge and industry experience. And this industry experience shows in the techniques and methods they teach, which is ultimately why I chose to study at MDS. MDS gave me the tools to meet industry standards in the field, and gave me the confidence and self-assurance that I needed to pursue my career in the design industry."