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Vinnie Ang Kin Leong is completing the final year of a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Graphic Design at Raffles College of Higher Education in Singapore (Raffles Singapore). The 24-year old Malaysian student talks about his achievements and aspirations.

Vinnie Ang Kin Leong is completing the final year of a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Graphic Design at Raffles College of Higher Education in Singapore
Vinnie Ang Kin Leong is completing the final year of a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Graphic Design at Raffles College of Higher Education in Singapore

Where are you from?
I was born in Malacca, Malaysia but I grew up in Papua New Guinea, where my parents relocated for their work when I was young.

Tell us about your education.
 I completed my secondary school in Malaysia and later studied graphic design for one year in Brisbane. After that, I transferred to Raffles Singapore. I’m graduating in December 2016.

What are some highlights of your education?
My studies at Raffles Singapore have been a balance of theory and practical – and most importantly I’ve had the opportunity for hands-on industry projects that offered me real-life experience in the graphic design industry. Recently, I participated in the Giordano design-a-T-shirt competition, in which I was the first runner-up.

Tell us your experiences of the industry attachment, which is offered as part of the course.
I worked for start-up company Covetella, an online fashion store here, and was involved in almost everything, from the designing of marketing collaterals and the website, to product shoots, photography and even crowd management at events! I had the chance to work on the F1 Fashion Show and it was really challenging for me; I gained great experience from running the entire event.

How does the college prepare you for the experience of work?
Hands-on projects such as creating publication books and developing new campaigns with Raffles’ industry partners were useful learning experiences. We attended workshops to learn about relevant software for the industry; and the compulsory industry attachment, or internship, provided us with real working-life experience and the chance to build our portfolio.

What job do you aspire to after graduation?
Before transferring to Raffles Singapore, I was considering work as a packaging designer. Since receiving guidance and mentoring from my creative practitioner at Raffles, I’ve become very interested in working as a graphic designer in the publication design and advertising industry.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
After graduating, I would like to pursue graphic design in the publication industry in Singapore to gain more work experience, and then move on to explore graphic design in other countries.

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This article first appeared in the May 2016 issue of Expat Living Singapore

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