PSC has a diverse group of students that have chosen to study part time. We've invited a small selection of them to provide some comments and share their images with you.
Sahra, First Year Semester A
Compared to the first week of the course, I have seen a huge improvement in my technical skills and am gaining confidence in developing my conceptual skills and photographic style. Exploring photographic genres has been one of my favourite subjects. I really enjoy learning about new photographers and photographic styles, as this is where I get a lot of my inspiration. It was fantastic to see how far we had all progressed in such a short time.
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Sarita, First Year Semester A
PSC has passionate lecturers who freely share their knowledge, provide valuable feedback and know how to bring the best out of you.
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Joey, First Year Semester A
I found the staff friendly and PSC a cosy learning environment. I enjoy the small class sizes and the relationships you build with the tutors and my classmates. Going on location with your classmates and immersing yourself in a photographic task really helps you learn new concepts quickly.
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Bec, First Year Semester A
I can’t believe how much my work has changed since starting the course. Every teacher has a wealth of knowledge and experience which has been an amazing learning experience.
Martine, First Year Semester B
I was really impressed with the atmosphere that PSC offered, walking around the hallways and seeing great images, seeing students that are busy touching up great images, doing some test printing etc. I could easily see me studying there and getting the most out of the school to enable me to learn more about photography. You think you have the same shots, but actually everyone’s eye is different and that was great to see as well in class afterwards.
Maya Dewi, Second Year Semester A
On a personal level, I like PSC’s like-minded mature-age students; the helpful and friendly staff; the qualified and experienced lecturers; as well as the relaxed atmosphere. On a professional level, PSC is recognised in its reputation for producing’ high quality photographers and, of course, its prime city location. How different is my work? Loads!! Put it this way… previously I always managed to get my subject matter smack bang in the middle of a photograph! And now I’ve learnt to design a concept behind every photograph. With every shoot I work on, I am learning something new.
Bernadette, First Year Semester A
Thank you for a life changing four months and inspiring me to explore photography. It's been a real emotional journey, working through self doubt, confidence and self expression. Each week I was so nervous and scared to show my images, but also very excited to hear your feedback. I really want to express to you how much it meant to me to feel so safe, supported and continuously encouraged. I will always feel so very fortunate that you were my first teacher to put me on the photography path.
Yuan, Second Year Semester A and ACMP Projections Art Finalist 2011
Strike a balance between doing something you like and challenging yourself. It is important to enjoy your photography but don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Folio development classes have allowed me to develop a unique voice in photography whereas studio classes are very challenging and equip me with all the knowledge I will need in a future photography career.
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Deb, Third Year Semester A and AIPP Victorian Student Photographer of the Year 2010
PSC provides a strong professional approach to training in photography while allowing and nurturing creativity.
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David, Fourth Year Semester B
I've worked and studied at many tertiary institutions. PSC is without doubt the most disciplined, compliant, professionally administered and comprehensive of all. I want to thank you for all the support and help given to me in the last four years. It has kept me inspired and motivated.
Sarah Dickson, First Year
A radio advertisement alerted me to the upcoming open day at PSC and on a whim, I decided to pop in and have a look. I had been considering doing a professional photography course for a while and thought this the perfect opportunity to find out more about what the college had to offer.
PSC struck me as a busy, vibrant college full of a huge range of interesting and inspiring photography. The part time course offered me a chance to expand my interest in photography and improve my skills, while taking it on a 'year by year' basis.
My previous photography experience consisted of a couple of short courses and taking photos whenever I could. I was always frustrated by most of them not turning out the way I had hoped, with no idea how to fix the problems. I wanted to learn how to improve my photography as well as to develop my own creativity and style. Even in the short time I have been studying at PSC, I have learned so much about every aspect of photography, which I would never have learned myself. I now understand what I was doing wrong and am able to correct those problems before I even take the shot.
I would certainly recommend PSC to anyone who was keen to learn about photography. I find my weekly nights at class fun, interesting and supportive. Most importantly, the teaching staff are passionate about photography which inspires me to keep trying new ideas and techniques to develop my own photographic style.
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Leigh Voges, First Year
Choosing to start a photography course and choosing PSC to study is the best thing I have ever done for myself , I would not hesitate to recommend PSC to anyone as it has opened my eyes and made me see things which I never would have seen.
The course has forced me to open my eyes and think outside the square. It has forced me to do the types of photography I never thought I would do. It is virtually impossible to gain the inspiration and direction which my first term semester lecturers have given me.
I first heard about PSC through a friend in 2000. In 2005 after owning an SLR for several years but not doing a lot with it, I purchased a digital camera and was hooked. I began searching for a College to study at. After I had looked around at all the photography schools in Melbourne and after speaking with a past student, professionals in the industry and having interviews with other schools I felt that PSC offered the broadest range of learning, which is what I needed since I am yet to decide what direction I would like to take with my photography.
My first impression of PSC was of the students work hanging at the College and the professional quality of the work. There was enough equipment to go around and not be over crowded. The people at PSC were professional, but also has a more relaxed, creative environment which I felt would work for me and hopefully bring out the best in me.
All of questions were answered and they were answers which continued to draw me towards the decision to choose PSC.
I have now been studying here for a few months and know that I have made the right choice.
The industry highly regards the College and it has one of the best reputations in Victoria, if not Australia. The lecturers are inspiring and give weekly feedback, the students are passionate and like minded and I can see myself making long term friends though the course and quite possibly business partners.
I have learnt a lot from my peers as well as the lecturers, by getting out and shooting with them as we all have our own style and see the world differently.
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Bruce Lindsay, Second Year
Most days I would drive past PSC but did not make the decision to enquire until one day I came across an article on PSC in which Steve Young, a part time student and the 2005 Photography Student of the Year, wrote about his time at the College and he made it sound great.
I now realise he was right.
Since being at PSC I have learnt creative exposure, dynamic framing, how to use my camera, and I have gained a creative edge to my photographs that I would not have gained otherwise. Complementary colours used to be a mystery to me but are now major tools in my work.
My first impression of PSC was that the building although old and a little run down had an energy and a buzz about it, this is created through its creative staff and students. I enjoy the relaxed approach within the College, I would not enjoy a theory based course.
The College clearly places its emphasis in the right place and that is on helping the students producing quality photographic images.
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Nicci Watson, Second Year
I was very excited starting classes as I have always loved black and white photography. I really enjoyed learning about the whole process, it's a great feeling to see that image appear before your eyes.
I did quite a bit of research on schools and courses before choosing to attend PSC. I spoke to many different people and one of the consistent things I kept hearing back was that PSC was a fantastic school - so here I am.
I have learnt so many things, an innumerable amount, that I would not have been able to learn about photography had I not decided to do this course.
This semester is awesome and I would recommend it to all students to complete this semester.