Photography In The Community (PIC) Project

PSC offers a unique industry placement (photography in the community project – PIC Project) in second year of the Advanced Diploma of Photography, level 3. In this unit students’ experience working with a ‘real client’. PSC has been involved in this project for over 18 years and the results have consistently been rewarding and productive.

Students are allocated a community organisation and contact person and required to manage the client brief from planning to resolution, producing a body of photographic work at the culmination of the project. One student Kate Smethurst undertook her project with Western Health she said “Working with an industry client gave me great experience in working to meet a specific brief and deadline. I learned early on that planning, organisation and communication are essential as well as to think quickly and problem solve. The project was challenging but extremely rewarding and built my confidence
for situations which I’ll encounter working as a photographer.”

This year Caterina Fizzano attended the Footscray Primary School Global Jamboree- an evening of multicultural music, food and crafts Caterina said “being a one time event, I was faced with the challenge of producing images without the opportunity to reshoot, so any feelings of stress and inadequacy have to be dealt with on the night! The feeling of being in the way is overcome but walking with stealth and conviction and it seems to make all the difference!
I enjoyed the experience even for its challenges of children, low lighting and high ceilings.  It builds confidence by letting us out in the field to apply what we have learned”.

An interactive review session, second year students and teachers review their prints for submission.

PIC students clapping in sign language after learning about how to communicate with people with disability.

They were taught by Erin from Milparinka, a PIC guest speaker.

PSC also offers an extensive mentor program in the final year of the course. This gives students the opportunity to work with a well established photographer. (see Mentor Program for further information)