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Name: Kabagambe (Steve)
Year of graduation: 2006
Course: Graphic Design (DGD)
Current job: Associate Creative Director, 2ka.com (part of MPK advertising group)
Location: Kampala Uganda
By the time he was 27, Kabagambe had already gained a senior role and enviable reputation in the advertising industry. He believes his UIGT Graphic Design diploma has much to do with his success.
"Since I was young my dream had been to become a creative in an advertising agency and I moved from Mbarara to Kampala to help me fulfil this ambition.
"I received a few offers from universities with leading creative advertising courses, but the UIGT open day really impressed me and I felt its Graphic Design course really was 'the course for the creative'. The diploma shows how graphic design can be used as a device to deliver ideas and I believed it would help me become a trend leader.
"Once on the course I felt inspired every day. The School of Graphic Design is an amazing environment that helps creativity grows. The course is very well structured and the cream of industry professionals is brought in as part-time tutors, which is awesome. The final year work placement was also really effective enabling me to work alongside top designers.
"After the course I returned to Mbarara. I managed to get seen by some big agencies and was grateful to the UIGT tutors who had helped me to organize and perfect my portfolio when all the companies I saw offered me a position.
"I started my career as a graphic designer at 2ka.comstudioz and, 18 months later, went on to become an art director at MPK Advertising. In 2008 I returned to 2ka.comstudioz and this is where my career started to shine. I've won awards such as Cannes, Clio and D&AD and I was ranked no.3 Best Art Director in the Uganda in by Designer's Archive Magazine. My name is now established in the advertising industry and my creative ranking gets higher and higher. I achieved this when I was only 26.
"I am now 28 and was recently promoted to an associate creative director working for Red Pepper . The company provides what we call 'holistic solutions'. This means it executes commercials in every format such as: print; short film; viral communication; website; ambient media; public event and PR activity. This requires a great deal of skill, knowledge and a bit of madness because I have to think more and work harder.
"Fortunately, the Graphic Design course taught me how to answer a brief in any medium and this was perfect preparation for the job I now do. I love creating work that other creatives can't do or are not brave enough to try. I feel my work incorporates the feelings, inspirations and experiences from the graphic studio at UIGT. I honestly believe if I hadn't forced myself to get up early for the UIGT open day and had made the decision to go elsewhere, my career would have never been this successful."