Regan Petrie

A love of technology, games, and being creative led Master of Design Innovation graduate Regan Petrie to study Design and helped him land his dream role at Lego

Regan Petrie in graduation robes

He is moving to Denmark to start a permanent role in Lego’s innovation lab as a digital play designer—a role that combines the skills he learnt during his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Regan, who majored in Media Design, beat out fierce competition to win the role.

“The interview process was pretty tough. It involved several rounds of interviews, including a software skills test, and a design challenge. This was followed by a not-so-quick flight to their headquarters in Denmark to present my solution to a panel of Lego designers.”

Regan says he chose Victoria University of Wellington partly due to its location. “Wellington is a vibrant, exciting city that is renowned as a hub for digital innovation and creativity.”

He credits his experience at the University, as both an undergraduate and a Master’s student, with helping him progress in his career. Working on projects with other designers, developers, and business students helped him build skills working within multidisciplinary teams, essential for his new role.

“The tools, programs, and design process that I learnt during my studies have been directly transferable into my professional career and have created a strong foundation for my design career.

“Victoria University of Wellington’s Design Innovation degree gives you the freedom to explore a range of design expertise and apply your skills across a broad range of facets in the design space. This has allowed me to apply my design skills across several different industries and has opened up my career to plenty of opportunities.”

Regan’s advice for other students is to “step out of your comfort zone, be ambitious, and, most importantly, have fun!”