‘Never Gonna See My Face’ – Short Film by James Bugg

Our second year Bachelor Degree student James Bugg created this single take short film. We’re excited to see so much quality video content come form our students!

Come along to our PSCinema event this Friday night at 6pm at Backlot Studios.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/pscinema-2016-tickets-28935047506

Single Take Short Film by James Bugg from Photography Studies College on Vimeo.

Second Year Bachelor Photobook Exhibition

Last Friday night, our second year bachelor students held their photobook exhibition at Magic Johnston in Collingwood! It was a fantastic night with a huge turn out. It was great to see so many people coming out in support of our students at their first exhibition as students of PSC!

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Congratulations to everyone involved!

CCP Salon 2016

Last Thursday night, Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) held their annual Salon exhibition. The CCP Salon is open to all photographic artists and practitioners to enter and, as usual, we were blown away by the quality of the work.


Many PSC students and teachers entered, with Jo Cripps, a current third-year student, winning the PIC Prize and Sophie Gabrielle and Kelly T winning the PSC sponsored prize!


The CCP Salon for 2016 is running until the 17th of December at CCP in Fitzroy, so be sure to take the time to check out the vast array of quality work.


Fresh16 Exhibition Follow Up

Last Friday night, our final year Advanced Diploma Art Major students opened their graduate exhibition Fresh16.

It was fantastic to see the incredible results of many years of hard work, growth and dedication! We congratulate all students that exhibited in Fresh16 and we look forward to seeing them continue to produce great work in the years to come.


“The twelve artists who are Fresh16 have been on such a journey this year. These artists ave braved the elements of the creative process. They have each shown tremendous dedication, passion, and commitment to their practice. And as they have matured in their work, their grasp of their own artistic process has also matured, resulting in confident and assured practitioners.”  – Sarina Lirosi (Covenor, Art Major)


Exhibition runs 19 November to 4 December
Thursday to Sunday
11am – 4pm

Yarra Sculpture Gallery
117 Vere Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067

First Year Bachelor Students Reflections

It’s that time of year again as our first year Bachelor Degree students present their folio projects and reflect on their first year at PSC. We’ve spoken to a handful of students and asked them to share their thoughts and advice regarding studying at PSC.

What has been rewarding about beginning your studies at PSC?

Antoine: Developing more of a professional workflow has been really rewarding. It makes my entire process a lot more efficient and helps me produce higher quality work.

Josh: Building strong relationships with teachers and other students. I had the opportunity to assist third year commercial major student Michael Foxington on shoots for his final folio. This was a great opportunity to get some experience in that area of work.

Sally: It’s been so rewarding to see myself grow in so many ways. The teachers at PSC are incredible and always offer a unique way of looking at things.

Kaitlyn: Meeting great people, both teachers and students, who are like-minded and great to work with. Plus, being a smaller college, PSC has incredible support and facilities in place to help students.

Shelby: Learning camera craft and gaining confidence with my camera. It was also great to learn how to produce high quality prints of my work.

What surprised you throughout the year?

Antoine: Learning how to analyse images in-depth has changed the way I make work and communicate through my images.

Josh: My photographic ability has changed dramatically, especially working in a studio environment. I’ve also discovered a range of new interests and met some great, like-minded people.

Sally: It surprised me how much taking good photographs relies on the person using the camera, rather than the camera or equipment itself. Technical and creative skills are equally as important as each other.

Kaitlyn: It wasn’t as hard as I expected. The course is very well paced and the teachers are very knowledgeable and supportive.

Shelby: All of the teachers are extremely generous with their time and are always willing to provide support and feedback. The students in our group also became really close throughout the year – we’re like a family now!

In which ways have you grown throughout the year?

Antoine: I have embraced interpretive work and making more layered and meaningful images, rather than just images that just look nice. I’ve also become a lot more comfortable experimenting with my work now.

Josh: My conceptual thinking skills have grown a lot, as well as my people skills, so I’m a lot more comfortable working with people in my work now.

Sally: My process has changed a lot! I can now see the difference between taking photographs and taking ‘snapshots’ like you would on holiday. The course offers a lot of room to experiment and make mistakes and the teachers are always open to new ideas, and this has helped me refine my practice into something more professional and considered.

Kaitlyn: My camera skills have grown enormously. I can now use my camera to its full potential when making my work.

Shelby: My confidence has grown a huge amount this year! Not only with my practice, but I’m more confident within myself and more comfortable meeting new people and working with them.

Where do you see yourself going next year and in the future?

Antoine: I’m looking forward to reaching out to more people next year and making more collaborative work that is less self-contained.

Josh: I want to experiment more in the studio, especially creating artistic and conceptual work in the studio.

Sally: I want to take more of an artistic approach with my work and tell stories using emotion and visual elements. I want to delve deeper into my ideas as well and really get to the core of the concept and work on that.

Kaitlyn: I would like to explore more documentary-style work.

Shelby: I’m looking forward to continuing my development next year and I would like to do more documentary-style photography.

What has been challenging throughout the year?

Antoine: The most challenging thing was trying to find and develop a unique voice through my work.

Josh: Initially, it was challenging to prioritise and plan everything that needed to be done, but the teachers at PSC are extremely supportive. PSC also offers great facilities to get work done, so that’s a huge plus.

Sally: At first, it was difficult to make myself vulnerable to make mistakes and produce personal work, but this went away pretty quickly. Everyone at PSC is super supportive and gives excellent, constructive feedback.

Kaitlyn: I found working with conceptual ideas difficult at first, but my skill in this area has definitely grown.

Shelby: Coming up with new ideas and interpreting them into photography was difficult at first, but this became easier as the year went on. The course and feedback from teachers definitely helped and as I became more confident in my work, I was more open to trying new things and producing different work.

What advice would you offer to students starting at PSC in 2017?

Antoine: Always have an open mind and embrace new ideas!

Josh: Ask a lot of questions, request feedback wherever possible and be open to constructive feedback.

Sally: Have an open mind and challenge yourself. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and experiment with your work. Also, don’t be afraid of covering the basics again – having a strong foundation allows you to grow hugely.

Kaitlyn: Be organised, don’t leave things until the last minute and ask questions if you’re unsure about something.

Shelby: Don’t procrastinate! Give yourself enough time to complete your work and to do it well. Also be sure to take advantage of having such knowledgeable and helpful teachers! Ask them lots of questions.


Follow in the footsteps of these students – we’re currently taking applications for the Bachelor Degree course for 2017. Visit our website or contact us for more information!

Students Published in Capture Magazine: The Annual Edition

Our students Marisa Schlichthorst (page 78) and Michael Foxington (page 73) have been published in the 2016 Annual Edition of Capture Magazine.

Marisa is a second year advanced diploma student and the image published is from her series ‘Suffering’.

Nest by Marisa Schlichthorst

Nest by Marisa Schlichthorst

Over the past two years, Marisa has developed her conceptual thinking skills which has enabled her to delve deep into complex ideas and explore them through her photography and her own artistic expression. She credits the teachers, students and resources at PSC for pushing her out of her comfort zone, building her confidence and developing a unique style.

You can view more of Marisa’s series here.

Michael is a final year bachelor student and the image published is from his portfolio of fashion photography. The image published is titled ‘Detached’.

Detached by Michael Foxington

Detached by Michael Foxington

“I would have to mention how much PSC has done for me. I enjoyed every minute of my time there and it marked a very big turning point for my photography style, technique and career.” – Michael Foxington

You can see more of Michael’s work here.


Enrolments for 2017 are now open! Visit our website or contact us for more information.

PSC Student Jade Soldati Featured in Southbank Local News

We’re very proud to announce that current PSC student Jade Soldati has been featured in the Southbank Local News!

Image by Jade Soldati

Image by Jade Soldati

In the article, Jade talks about her series Totalitarian and the importance of photography in her life.

“A lot of my work is futuristic based and thought-provoking, pulling you into thinking about the imagery that I’m creating”

Image by Jade Soldati

Image by Jade Soldati

Jade also had some kind words to share about her experience studying at PSC.

“I love it here. Everyone is very friendly, very supportive and very knowledgeable. The teachers are incredible”

Image by Jade Soldati

Image by Jade Soldati

Great work, Jade!

You can read the full article here.


Ian Lloyd shares his tips with PSC’s photojournalism major students

On September 15 PSC’s Advanced Diploma photojournalism major students travelled to RMIT for a lecture presented by leading international corporate/editorial/travel photographer Ian Lloyd. Canada-born and now resident in Sydney, Ian’s career has spanned the globe and included a long stint in Singapore, where he established a stock library and publishing company. Long regarded as a top Asia specialist, he has worked for a number of high-profile clients including National Geographic, Time, Exxon and Apple. He has published 35 books, including STUDIO: Australian Painters on the Nature of Creativity(2007), a best-seller accompanied by an exhibition shown in 22 state and regional galleries and seen by more than 130,000 people. Travel remains Ian’s focus, and he spends about half of every year on the road shooting stock and undertaking occasional editorial assignments.
Leading international travel photographer Ian Lloyd speaking to PSC PJ Major students in a combined session at RMIT

Leading international travel photographer Ian Lloyd speaking to PSC PJ Major students in a combined session at RMIT

In his presentation to a combined group of PSC, RMIT and Melbourne Polytechnic students he showed a wide range of his photographic work from film through digital, and spoke about his various projects and books. One of the highlights was a series of illustrated tips about the business of photography under the heading “things I wish someone had told me when I was starting out”.
Ian Lloy'd list of “things I wish someone had told me when I was starting out”

Ian Lloy’d list of “things I wish someone had told me when I was starting out”

Ian has posted the list of tips to http://tinyurl.com/hhv2kd7 and a wide selection of his work can be found at his website http://rianlloyd.com and also at www.vimeo.com/rianlloyd/videos

Article provided by Bill Bachman, PSC’s Advanced Diploma photojournalism major

Australia’s No 1 Photography College right in the arts hub of Melbourne


On Wednesday 31 August 2016 at the national Nikon Australian Professional Photography Awards held in Melbourne, Photography Studies College (Melbourne) took out for the 6th consecutive year the prestigious national award for excellence in photographic education the 2016 Australian Institute of Professional Photography Australian (AIPP) Australian Tertiary Photography Institution of the Year.

Front row centre: Managing Director Julie Moss together with Australian Photography Student of the Year Tayla Nuss-Soeharto, Director Communications & Students Jenny Heron, Course Director Daniel Boetker-Smith and fellow PSC staff and students.

Front row centre: Managing Director Julie Moss together with Australian Photography Student of the Year Tayla Nuss-Soeharto, Director Communications & Students Jenny Heron, Course Director Daniel Boetker-Smith and fellow PSC staff and students.

These major industry awards are held annually, acknowledging excellence and outstanding achievement in photography and bring together professionals, institutions and students Australia wide to compete on the national stage. PSC students’ excellence was clearly on display with their absolutely outstanding work achieving gold distinction, silver distinctions and silver awards!

To add to the award excitement in a further brilliant achievement PSC’s final yearBachelor of Photography Student Tayla Nuss-Soeharto took out the prestigious 2016 AIPP Australian Photography Student of the Year. Tayla was delighted with her award and thanked her talented teachers for encouraging and supporting her to always do her best, allowing her to find her creative voice and produce her award winning series ‘pop, crack, bang’.


Tayla Nuss-Soeharto receiving her award as 2016 AIPP Australian Student of the Year

Tayla Nuss-Soeharto receiving her award as 2016 AIPP Australian Student of the Year

In  a further outstanding success on the night Julie Moss PSC’s Managing Director was acknowledged for her over 30 years of high achievements, contribution and exemplary service in photography and photography education receiving the prestigious AIPP Honorary Fellow Achievement Award. This is an exceptionally important and prestigious honour for an exceptional educator.

“The college is an amazing institution made up of wonderful staff and amazing students. This is a wonderful industry and the AIPP is a wonderful institute so full of passionate, creative people. Its awards system sets standards for professionals and students to aspire to. It’s been a privilege to be a part of it for so long – being able to contribute to the education of photographers through the college has enabled me to give expression three things I’m passionate about: photography, education and community.” – Julie Moss

PSC's managing director Julie Moss, awarded the AIPP Honorary Fellow Achievement Award

PSC’s managing director Julie Moss, awarded the AIPP Honorary Fellow Achievement Award

These awards follow closely PSC’s stunning results as the highest scoring institution for Creative Arts in Australia in the recent Student Experience Survey (SES).  This survey was undertaken as part of the national Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)www.qilt.edu.au for the Australian Government.

Photography Student Julia Kambouropoulos Works with The Northsider

Images by Julia Kambouropoulos

Images by Julia Kambouropoulos

Meet Julia Kambouropoulos one of our talented photojournalism major students who was selected for a one year internship with The Northsider, a ‘monthly community newspaper made for the inner north of Melbourne by the inner north of Melbourne’. During the course of her internship, Julia’s work has been featured numerous times, allowing her to collaborate with writers, publishers, personalities and businesses in Melbourne. She has been simply exhilarated by her experience and was kind enough to share her thoughts with us: 

‘Without PSC I wouldn’t be where I was today. Not only have they helped me grow and become more confident as a photographer with real technical skills, they have also pushed me to get out of my comfort zone, physically and creatively. It’s been great to have such supportive tutors, who always help when they can – like getting us opportunities in the workforce. Landing an internship with The Northsider through my teacher, Bill Bachman has been amazing. I’m getting an actual experience of working for a publication and going on assignments, as well as getting lots of constructive feedback on my images. 

I did my very first proper feature with The Northsider team on Yasin Leflef, an inspiring music star. I wouldn’t never be able to have done anything like that without the help of The Northsider or PSCI’m also currently doing a writing class with Bill Bachman which is helping me become more emotive with my writing skills so that I can be a better photojournalist for the growing industry.’

Julia’s life is definitely very exciting and we’re looking forward to seeing more of her work! Check out the articles she has done for The Northsider by clicking on the images below:

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If you’re interested in having a journey like Julia, feel free to check out our website and see our brand new short course. You can follow Julia on Instagram @out_of_the_lens.