PSC pals – A new student mentor program for 2017 – Featuring James Thorn

Starting in 2017, we have a new student peer-to-peer mentoring program called PSC pals. The program gives current second and third year students the ability to mentor and support students who are new to PSC.

Throughout the year in 2017, we will be bringing you updates from the PSC pals program, but until then we will be featuring one of the PSC pals student mentors here on our blog and on our social media channels per week until the start of semester one.

For our fifth week, we’re glad to feature James Thorn (third year 2017).

by James Thorn

 

Congratulations to our new first year students for 2017!

Congratulations to everyone who received a main round offer from PSC today! You will be receiving information packs in the mail shortly and we look forward to seeing you for enrolment next week and for our first year orientation day on the 16th of February.

If you’d still like to apply for 2017, it’s not too late! We’re still accepting direct applications, so give us a call on (03) 9682 3191 or visit our website to arrange a tour or to make an application.

 

PSC pals – A new student mentor program for 2017 – Featuring Monica Willmott

Starting in 2017, we have a new student peer-to-peer mentoring program called PSC pals. The program gives current second and third year students the ability to mentor and support students who are new to PSC.

Throughout the year in 2017, we will be bringing you updates from the PSC pals program, but until then we will be featuring one of the PSC pals student mentors here on our blog and on our social media channels per week until the start of semester one.

For our fourth week, we’re glad to feature Monica Willmott (second year 2017).

by Monica Willmott

PSC pals – A new student mentor program for 2017 – Featuring Shelby Eade

Starting in 2017, we have a new student peer-to-peer mentoring program called PSC pals. The program gives current second and third year students the ability to mentor and support students who are new to PSC.

Throughout the year in 2017, we will be bringing you updates from the PSC pals program, but until then we will be featuring one of the PSC pals student mentors here on our blog and on our social media channels per week until the start of semester one.

For our third week, we’re glad to feature Shelby Eade (second year 2017).

by Shelby Eade

Student Feature – Serge Piastra

Over the past few days, we’ve been featuring a bunch of students who finished their studies at PSC at the end of 2016. Today we’re featuring Serge Piastra (Photojournalism Major).

by Serge Piastra

by Serge Piastra

Why did you choose to study at PSC?
Wanting to take a long time hobby to the next level, I was looking at the various photography courses on offer. I visited PSC back in 2011 and guided by Carmen Edwards, I was given a tour of the School. Impressed by the quality of the facilities and the staff’s friendliness, I decided to take the plunge!

How did you grow throughout your time at PSC?
I quickly realised that the technical aspect of photography is an essential element to master, but one which plays a relatively small part in the craft. Creating pictures which tell a story requires you to constantly go out of your comfort zone. For someone like me, it was a huge challenge to overcome, but it has been an extremely beneficial and rewarding effort. The constant support I received from my wife during those 4 years has been incredible as well as pivotal to my achievement. Partners deserve a lot more recognition in my opinion!

What process did you go through for your final project?
I documented the Meals On Wheels program provided by the Maroondah City Council. Shooting video and stills took place in the kitchen facilities, the volunteers centre and at one of the client’s home. The material produced is rather literal, going through every step of the process, from the meals production to the home delivery. The intent of the project is to promote the service and entice more volunteers to join the program. The video is to be displayed at the Council’s office. 

What are your plans from here?
I will be looking for more opportunities to produce stills or multimedia work for the council or any other local community organisation. I have also a strong interest in sports photography, in particular motorsports, and I plan to attend as many events as possible during 2017 in order to sharpen my skills. The challenge will be to find an outlet for my images.

What advice would you give to anyone starting their studies at PSC?
Unarguably, working full time and studying part time is extremely challenging and demanding, but the rewards are well worth the efforts. Make the most of the wealth of knowledge the tutors are willing to share with you, start working on your folios as early as possible and shoot, shoot, shoot!

by Serge Piastra

Featuring more of our first year students

To start the new year, we’d like to feature some more of our students who completed their first year of studies in 2016.

Second year student Charlotte Vignau published in dienacht magazine

One of our second year students, Charlotte Vignau, has been published in issue #19 of dienacht magazine!

We’re always so proud to see our students’ work published in internationally. It’s a great opportunity for them to receive worldwide recognition for their work and build partnerships for mentorship and collaboration.

by Charlotte Vignau

Student Feature – Cassidy Chappell

Over the past few days, we’ve been featuring a bunch of students who finished their studies at PSC at the end of 2016. Today we’re featuring Cassidy Chappell (Commercial Major).

Why did you choose to study at PSC?
I wanted to study at the best school and PSC was at the top of the list.

How did you grow throughout your time at PSC?
I have become a lot more confident as a photographer. I am now able to critically evaluate my own work and have found and developed my own personal style. I have not only acquired many technical skills, I have been able to develop skills in planning and story telling through my images.

What process did you go through for your final project?
Having just had a baby, my photographic focus changed dramatically. I was faced with having to juggle being a new mother and expressing myself creatively. So by combining the two, I was able to explore my new world through the eyes of a mother and the photographer I had become, capturing raw moments and being able to inject some humour into a new type of story.

What are your plans from here?
I am building my photography business and shootings events as well as family, baby and pet portraits. I need to be able to work form home for the next few years, but I hope to branch out into other avenues in the commercial world.

What advice would you give to anyone starting their studies at PSC?
Give it everything. Plan and storyboard your portfolios. Have no regrets and stay true to who you are. Explore and have fun and always shoot what you’re passionate about.

by Cassidy Chappell

by Cassidy Chappell

by Cassidy Chappell

PSC pals – A new student mentor program for 2017 – Featuring Josh Braidner

Starting in 2017, we have a new student peer-to-peer mentoring program called PSC pals. The program gives current second and third year students the ability to mentor and support students who are new to PSC.

Throughout the year in 2017, we will be bringing you updates from the PSC pals program, but until then we will be featuring one of the PSC pals student mentors here on our blog and on our social media channels per week until the start of semester one.

For our second week, we’re glad to feature Josh Braidner (third year 2017).

by Josh Braidner

Student Feature – Sevim Ozkan

Over the past few days, we’ve been featuring a bunch of students who finished their studies at PSC at the end of 2016. Today we’re featuring Sevim Ozkan (Photojournalism Major).

Why did you choose to study at PSC?
At a time when I was soul searching to express myself better where I thought my English was failing me, I knocked on the PSC’s door to explore a new medium.

How did you grow throughout your time at PSC?
PSC was the birthplace to my photographic journey. I didn’t come from an artistic family, neither did I think I had the skills. To me, it was pushing another boundary in life and see what would come out of it. It wasn’t necessarily for a new career move, it was more so I wanted to offer myself a new dimension to “seeing”. PSC has been my hub for inspiration, support and life-long friendships.

What process did you go through for your final project?
My final project has developed over a client brief for Youth Junction Inc in Sunshine, an organisation offers a variety of support services to disadvantaged young people aged from 12 to 25. My multimedia piece focused on the core issues these young people face and live with and the support this organisation offers to them at these crucial stages of their lives.
My print folio consisted of individual portraits of young people living with issues like drug addictions, mental health problems and dysfunctional families. The project has made me grow, see and question. I found myself at places I wouldn’t have otherwise been or explore. It’s been an immense learning process in every way possible.

What are your plans from here?
Following my multimedia project for the folio, I have now developed a strong interest in short documentary pieces. I will always maintain a personal project on the side to keep my passion fuelled. I have two young children and hoping by the time they’re both at school age, I’ll make a full-time income from my photography business.

What advice would you give to anyone starting their studies at PSC?
See the light, feel the light, live the light. It’s all about light. With light comes the mood comes the story, comes the expression.

by Sevim Ozkan