The fact that PSC teaching staff are professional photographers adds a strong contemporary and innovative dynamic to the classroom environment. As an integral part of final year, students are required to secure as an industry mentor, a contemporary photographer whose work they find inspiring and challenging.
According to the Mentor Program Coordinator Barry Thompson, "this program provides a direct link to contemporary industry practice, fostering a network of contacts and often leading to direct employment outcomes for graduates."
Students spend a minimum number of contact hours with their mentor observing, discussing, receiving feedback and gathering industry knowledge.
As final year art major student Kirrily Lynch says;
The mentor program gives students the confidence to get advice from others in the industry, not just teachers; it really gets you prepared. It gets you to extend beyond your immediate realm and provides you with access to practicing professionals.