At its peak it had over 120 students studying photography full time at a post VCE level.
Peter Barker and William Heimmeran set up the course at a time when there were few secondary level courses avaialble.
The course began at what was then Brighton Technical School. This name was changed to Brighton Bay Secondary College.
In 1994 the course shifted physically to another campus in East Hawthorn. The campus was John Gardiner Secondary College. Then rebranded itself as PIC Photographic Imaging College. The campus it was situated on, eventually became Hawthorn Secondary College.
The course continued there until 2013.