PSC Graduation 2015

Congratulations to all our students who graduated last Friday 1 May! We had a fantastic evening at ACMI celebrating the class of 2014 with their family and friends, mentors and industry guests.

Dr Robin Williams delivered a great keynote address and we enjoyed hearing from students Kylie Thomson and Cyndi Briggs about their PSC experiences.

Special thanks to sponsors – AIPP, ACMP, Kayell, Adobe, Exetel, Sally Brownbill, Sun Studios, Irwin & McLaren, Borge’s Imaging Photoflex, Heartfelt and Illford for their contributions towards the awards.


PSC Award for excellence in the Art Major: Rochelle Seator

PSC Award for excellence in the Commercial Major: Vesna Obradovic


PSC Award for excellence in the Photojournalism Major: Daniel O’Neill



PSC Award for creativity and great potential in photography: Donna Fraser

Peter Petty Memorial Award for technical and aesthetic excellence in landscape photography: Yang Lui

AIPP Award for conceptual excellence & photographic innovation: Trent Pace

ACMP Award for excellence throughout the course: Katrina Watson

Kayell Award for commitment & outstanding achievement: Marion Abada

Adobe Award for determination and mastery of skills: Salona Chithiray

Exetel Award for creativity and originality: Karina Miriklis

Sally Brownbill Award for great potential in commercial photography: Sean McDonald

Sun Studios Award for demonstrating perseverance and significant accomplishment: Ailsa Fox

Irwin & McLaren Award for excellence in documentary photography: Andrew Hardy

Borge’s Imaging Photoflex Award for consistent application and commitment: Anthony Basheer

Heartfelt Award for using photography skills to make a difference: Melissa Davis

Ill ford Award for best folio prints: Cyndi Briggs


Book Awards: Tania Gioffre, Gregory Briggs, Emily Loughnan, Odette Maillard, Jade Taylor, Emma Rose, Ivan Biscan, Caitlin Lutton, Alison Broadbent, Rose Ayliffe & Sophie De Wit

Up Close and Personal – Exhibition

Queen Victoria Women’s Centre
Ground floor, 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Exhibition Open: 8:30am-6:30pm, Monday – Friday throughout March 2015

Photography Studies College and the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre are delighted to present an International Women’s Day photography exhibition featuring work by female students and graduates that celebrates their distinctive stories and vision.

IWD exhibiton poster 2015

The Image Makers – Louis Porter

Photography Studies College
65 City Road

Thursday 12 March 2015 
6:00 – 7:30pm 

We are pleased to invite PSC students, graduates and the general public to attend our first Image Makers seminar for 2015!

Image from, The Anatomy of Business

Louis Porter is a British photographer based between London and Melbourne. His work melds social commentary with an interest in the archive and public space. He has exhibited throughout Australia including: The NGV, Stills Gallery, Australian Centre of Photography and Centre for Contemporary Photography.

He was the 2013 Arts Victoria fellow at the Berlin Zentrum Für Kunst und Urbanistiks  (ZK/U) and the Australia China Council artist during the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. His work has also been shown at several international festivals including: The Brighton Photography Biennial, The Noorderlicht Festival (NL) , Copenhagen Photography Festival and SiFest (IT).

His work has been recently featured in The British Journal of Photography, Foam Magazine, The Aperture Photobook Review and Fotgraf Magazine.

This is a free event however numbers are strictly limited. Bookings are required and can be made online via Eventbrite.

Photography Studies College End of Year Exhibition

Photography Studies College
65 City Road

Exhibition opening: Tuesday 16 December 2014 6.00 – 8.00pm
Exhibition continues: Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm from 17 December 2014 – 20 February 2015
(PSC is closed 25 December 2014 – 5 January 2015)

This exhibition features a range of graduate and undergraduate photography from the Advanced Diploma of Photography & Bachelor of Photography courses.

End of Year Exhibition Invite 2014

Highlights from the Opening of Fresh 14

Fresh 14 opening night on Friday 21 November at the Yarra Sculpture Gallery was the highlight of the year for the art major students.

After much dedication and hard work throughout the year, it is rewarding to finally see their finished work on display. A wonderful evening was had by all, filled with good cheer and celebration.

Congratulations to the 23 students in this show. Fresh 14 runs until Sunday 7th December. Visit the PSC website for further details.






Images by Andrew Hardy.

Fresh 14 – PSC Art Major Exhibition

Yarra Sculpture Gallery
117 Vere Street

Exhibition opening: 6-9pm Friday 21 November 2014
Exhibition dates: Wednesday – Sunday 12-5pm, 22 November – 7 December 2014

Fresh 14 showcases the work of our art major students. With a diverse range of themes and ideas, this group exhibition demonstrates passion and commitment resulting in haunting, enchanting and sometimes whimsical work.
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Bachelor Graduation 2014

This week we had the graduation ceremony for our second group of Bachelor of Photography students. It was a wonderful celebration for the graduates, their families and the PSC community.

This was the second group of graduates to complete the Bachelor Pathway program and they produced a diverse body of still and moving images and research projects. Congratulations to the Bachelor of Photography class of 2014!

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Getting robed up and ready to graduate

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Academic Board Address by Dr Robin Williams

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Tracy Nicholas giving the Graduate Response

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Graduating class of 2014 with PSC teacher Mauro Risch

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PSC Senior Fellow Dr Michael Coyne with Members of the Academic Board – Dr Laura Hougaz, Dr Robin Williams, Ms Jenny Heron, & Dr Les Horvat  (Absent: Professor Belinda Probert & Professor Chris Ryan)

PSC Students visit Blue Tree Studios

Final year Advanced Diploma students visited Blue Tree Studios recently for their Establish a Career class with Elli Ioannou. PSC Graduate Steph Doran spoke about what she had been doing since graduating from PSC at the end of 2012 and gave the students a live fashion photography demonstration. The students also had the opportunity to create a lighting setup and test some of the studio equipment. Thanks Steph, Bluetree Studios & Elli!


Graduate Update – Louise Cooper

We enjoyed receiving an update from PSC Graduate Louise Cooper (Winner of PSC Graduation Award for Excellence in Photojournalism, 2010). Louise visited PSC earlier this year and spoke with the Photojournalism majors about her move to Sydney and her editorial and commercial work.

Read below to find out what Louise has been up to and to see some of her recent work:

In November last year I started a full-time photographer position at the University of Sydney. It is a newly created role and involves photography for brand and marketing – lots of photography of academics, VIPs, researchers, students, key events and marketing collateral. I also manage external suppliers (there is too much work for one internal photographer) and an image repository. It’s a great people-focused role and I am really enjoying the shooting.

I still manage to freelance out of hours and to continue shooting my own documentary projects. Some of my recent clients include The Brief (ABC), Sydney Morning Herald and Sydney Swans.

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Open Day 2014 Hero Image


Dr Karl & Adam Spencer

Graduate Profile – Tom Goldner


How did your passion for photography begin?

My passion for photography began in high school.  It was the first time I stepped into  a darkroom and watched an image come to life in the developer.  It was one of the first times in my life that things made sense.

What were the highlights of your time at PSC?

I have so many fond memories at my time at PSC but some of the highlights include the friendships I developed with other students, teachers and staff. On another note it was a very special time being encouraged to explore creativity and what makes you tick.

What inspires you in your photographic practice?

For me photography is  simply a tool for pursuing what your passionate about. Im constantly finding inspiration in the people I surround myself with and  the world we live in. Anybody short of inspiration should get on a flight to a place they have never been!

What are you doing now?

I have just launched a new business – The Fox Darkroom – a black and white photographic darkroom where I will be teaching traditional process. My past experience with darkroom printing has been largely influenced by my time at PSC, we can take so many fundamental lessons in how we approach our practice from the old way of doing things. I want to preserve this important part of our history and inspire others with the magic of traditional process.

What advice would you give to current/future students?  

Keep reinventing what you do – It can be difficult to find the balance of earning a living and doing what you love.  Through my practice I have found if you continue to produce work and or projects that you feel passionately about opportunities will arise and doors will open.  When it all boils down we pursued photography because we love the art, therefore, it only makes sense that you should follow your heart in what you do. Keep at it!