Andre is of Ngāpuhi and Kāi Tahu descent and has always been a bit of a tutū, when it comes to things of a creative nature. Whether it be a painting, installation, illustration, logo, typeface or even a t-shirt, he enjoys seeing a creative idea evolve from a thought, through to a finished product.
Andre started his career as an interactive designer after graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Media Arts. Although his training was specifically aimed towards graphic design, his knowledge and experience in design allowed him to apply his creative skills in a number of visual art and communication platforms. This led to exploring his attachment to Māori art and design, by studying Māori visual art. This progression of learning has been beneficial for his personal growth as an artist, designer and educator.
Teaching on a creative course allows him to practice what he preaches, and preach what he practices, and believes that education should be a collaborative effort between the learner and teacher.
Ka oti ai te mahi.
I remember it being a Sunday morning when I woke up and just knew I had the ability to draw reasonably well. Dumbfounded by this natural gift I grabbed the first pencil within my grasp and started scribbling and doodling all over the house. It wasnt till the end of this creative frenzy that I paused to stand back from my once blank canvas, only to discover I had created a flip book from the doors in the house (there were a lot of doors... think Scooby Doo chase scene). “Shit” I thought, “I can animate too”.
From here I enrolled in the BAVI where I enhanced my skills in everything visually awesome and aesthetically bitchin. This was a mind-opening experience, well except for having imagination imprisoned by the pale yellow walls of oppression. After completing this quest and utilising my refined skills for a year or so, finding the ultimate creative solutions for the less gifted, I returned to UCOL with the mission to explode minds and destroy the yellow walls. To date only one of these have been achieved.
The ability to create whole worlds ranging from the repulsive puffy cloud like critters to the most deranged wholesomely awesome things that live under the bed is what fuels my animatic drive for all things animation. With a crack-like addiction for digitally sculpting the creatures that manifest from a media intoxicated mind, I am consistently striving for the next anthromorphic solution to for the never-ending problem of character creation. BUNG!
The teaching of music is so much more than notes on a page or finger on a string, It involves an experience or an emotion - capturing a moment and putting it to song. Our students are so much a part of this programme and often teach us through their music as we teach them in the classroom.
A love of all things musical but a passion for technology has formed the basis of Graham’s music life. Through time on the stage and behind it Graham has developed a set of skills focusing on the technical development of music, arranging musical works and performing live either solo or within various bands.
Singing has always been the strongest musical link for Graham , picking up the piano later on he has developed a range of live performances based around these instruments. He worked in the Early Childhood industry as a specialist music educator writing music and developing resources and currently writing a series of music themed children’s stories.
Starting with UCOL in 2009 Graham has used his experiences to lecture within the Music, Video and Performing Arts Programmes.
“Working with the students for a full year allows us to really learn about them and guide them to a place where they can achieve their goals”.
“Tell me, I forget; Show me, I remember; Involve me, I understand”- Carl Orff
Dip Performance Music
Ian Rotherham eats, sleeps, and drinks photography. If you want to run with photography he’ll run with you.
He loves everything about photography, and so hopes students will fall in love with it as well. Ian’s biggest kick is seeing students making images from what he has taught them, whether it’s their first photo from their first shoot or their first cover of a magazine 5 years later.
Ian started working as a professional in 1988 mainly shooting weddings, portrait and function work. Over the years he has done a myriad of jobs within the industry, from corporate and public relations to fashion, advertising, photographic wholesale sales, scientific, and exhibition gallery work - all of which gives him a huge range of photographic skills, industry knowledge, and contacts. He admits to being a jack of many trades which has culminated in the perfect fit with teaching.
His strengths are lighting, industry knowledge, and photographic gear and he is the go-to-guy for any information related to equipment including all the weird and wacky stuff.
“There is no such thing as photographic truth, just photographic opinion, and your opinion counts”
Ian Rotherham CGD(Hons)
Avd Dip PPI
NZIPP Master of Photography
A designer’s contribution to a house, building or garden extends beyond the aesthetics of the space, as good design influences the way we live, work and feel. Good design is inherent in good product and my intention is to design living spaces to be good.
I am a qualified Interior Designer, specialising in kitchen and bathroom design and providing colour solutions for interiors and exteriors of homes. I consider spatial, structural and aesthetic elements in offering functional and innovative solutions for each project.
My design experience has been enriched by living and working in South Africa, America and New Zealand. I have designed kitchens for city apartments, urban homes and country dwelling, using styles that are contextual and that respect both the style of home and the lifestyle preferences of the client.
Lecturing in the Diploma in Interior Design at UCOL allows me to engage with up-and-coming designers and keeps me at the cutting edge of what’s new and exciting in the world of interior design.
As a designer, I am committed to:
As a teacher, I am committed to:
Kane Parsons is a Multi-Instrumentalist, Composer, Teacher and Performer.
He is the Programme Leader for the Certificate in Contemporary Music at UCOL across Palmerston North, Whanganui, and Wairarapa campuses.
He is regularly seen on stage and screen and composes music for theatre and film.
Check out his latest albums on iTunes
“As a design teacher within BAVI (Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging), my reward is experiencing first hand the transformation that takes place during the course of a students study. The process where individual talents are uncovered and unique skillsets are acquired and revealed”.
Holding a Masters Degree in Visual Communication Design along with many years practicing within industry – advertising, freelance and corporate roles (both New Zealand and UK). Phillip’s prime attention is now directed toward the next set of design entrepreneurs.
With an appetite for new media and digital design, Phillip is as focused on the present as he is with evolving thinking and technology. This is reflected in up-to-date thinking and teaching within the course itself, together with research projects undertaken as part of further development and self-improvement.
On a more personal frontier, Phillip has an interest in two–wheels both on and off road. This is evident within his mode of transport to and from the design school. He enjoys and partakes in entertainment industry style design where conceptual 2D ideas are developed and transformed into a 3D virtual experience.
MDes (Massey, 2005)
Current study/research: Projection Mapping and automotive/automated form
“We must educate people for their future, not for our past.”
Paul was born in England and moved to Australia to study photography in the 1980’s at both Photography Studies College and the Australian College of Photography, Art & Communication, Melbourne. Formal portrait work of Asian boat people is represented in both the Australian National Gallery, Canberra and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.
He retrurned to UK to work as a freelance photographer specialising in architectural work with clients including ‘Country Life’ magazine, ‘The Landmark Trust’ (an historic buildings trust), architects, housing associations etc. The work has appeared in magazines, brochures, annual reports and books. In England he gained an MA in Art & Design.
He moved to New Zealand in 1997 and began teaching at UCOL in 1998. He has received Merit Awards resulting in work being published by the American magazine B&W which is circulated amongst photographers, collectors and curators. He has won a number of awards including Gold and Silver Medals at both New Zealand and Australian Professional Photography Awards, culminating in Master of the AIPP and Fellow of the NZIPP. He was 2008 NZIPP Creative Photographer of the Year Award. Then, in 2009, he won the Landscape Photographer of the Year Award and the Professional Photographer of the Year Award. At the NZIPP Awards. In 2010 he won the AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year Award.
Paul is currently experimenting with DSLR video and fusion of stills with moving footage and has recently had work published in New Zealand ‘Homestyle’ magazine and Geo France.
Fellow of the NZIPP
AIPP Master of Photography
“Learn everything you can,
practicing everything you learn,
and perfect everything you practice.”
I am a creative, an artist, a designer and an illustrator. It is as though it has been embedded in my DNA. I strive to open my students’ minds to use their talents to find their creative potential, taking their abilities to see that their intent is more than on a surface level. They are studying to develop skills not just for a semester but also for a lifetime. For when you find your creative muse you also find continual learning.
Creative students need to develop a critical eye by establishing an outcome that has been developed through a well thought out process of creative thinking, self experimentation, resolving and self assessing to bring to life a visual form that connects and informs to a targeted audience.
I have been a practitioner with over 20 years industry experience encompassing design, advertising, illustrating, airbrushing, screenprinting and exhibition design.
This has armed me with an accumulated knowledge, enhanced with a diversity of transferable skills that has given me an understanding of the philosophy and insight to design and illustration in both analogue and digital working methods. I see my role as setting my students for industry, exposing my students to pushing ideas and visionary concepts all backed with a professional approach.
Attitude + aptitude = altitude
To teach is to learn, to learn is to be...
“Let students learn; show them how; let them explore and make mistakes ... you only learn when you walk into the dark, a place you may fear”
Specialising in photography, Tricia started as a darkroom technician in the early days and progressed through the ranks to an experienced photographic specialist - while entering into the education arena in 2001.
Portraiture being her speciality, she has been fortunate enough to engage in a range of careers: Photographic techniciation, scientific photographer, photographic sales, portrait and wedding photography, own portrait business for 15 years & medical photographer. Lecturing from 2001, in a variety of UCOL programmes; BAVI, Photographic Diploma, CGD, Fashion, Fine Arts and Foundation. In recent years Tricia has been a Year One Coordinator and last year she has had the challenge of direction change, to Associate Head of School.
Winning awards at NZIPP, Gold Awards, exhibitions throughout NZ and exploring areas where she fears she may fall ... all part of being a creative.
Tricia is well known for her love of things dead and skeletal; looking at things in a weird way and for being there when you need someone to help figure things out.
Her passion in education is enhanced by her personal life of family, building her own home (not hiring a builder!) and touring New Zealand countryside on the set of family motorbikes. “New Zealand is built for motorcyling - fresh air, speed and enjoyment”
Current study/research: MDT & NZIPP Awards
I have been involved in the photographic industry since 1996 in a wide variety of roles including lab technician, retail, service technician, teaching and professional photographer, culminating in the opening of my own studio in 2011. I have extensive experience in a range of areas including studio portraiture, product, wedding and commercial photography which I have gained while running my own business as well as creating my own personal work. It is fair to say that I have lived and breathed photography for the majority of my life and I revel in all aspects of the art from the discussions of ideas and conceptualising the image through to the technical precision of the process and the final image creation. It is this obsession that I love sharing with people, spreading ideas and knowledge and making the art of photography fun and exciting, photography is not about secrets, it’s about ideas.
I use a very wide variety of equipment ranging from high end digital to film and historical processes to create my images. In the end a camera is a camera, but some are better than others in various situations, and having knowledge of a wide variety of photographic tools allows me to choose the most appropriate.
My creative work is based around the premise of illustrating the fragments of images that I have remembered, and inevitably romanticised, from day to day life. They are ideal moments, scenes that are viewed by the imperfect machine that I am, superimposed with my own world view. To me, photography is not about recording reality, it is about capturing thoughts in a two dimensional image that can be viewed, interpreted, and enjoyed by others.