About PIC

student studio photography shoot

photography students work with models in professional studios to create dynamic photographic portfolios

Located in Preston, Melbourne, we offer affordable photography courses designed to get you into the photographic industry.

The course we offer are, Certificate IV in Photoimaging which leads into the Diploma of Photoimaging. These nationally accredited and industry recognised photographic courses are offered full time over four contact days per week and commence in February of each year.


The current standard of our photographic studios and analogue photography and digital photo equipment would now be amongst the best in the southern hemisphere.

Our course is a full time course which has a minimum of 20 hours contact per week for approximately 40 weeks of the year. You are expected to contribute an equivalent amount of your own time in research and other areas of study such as location shoots etc.

Our classes are made up of on campus lectures, practical tutorials, workshops, guest industry speakers, excursions to galleries and location shoots.  The classes are lead by our team of experienced and enthusiastic teachers/photographers/photo-artists.

Our graduates have moved into many photographic and art-related industries, such as: running their own photography businesses, Commercial Photography, Photographic Sales (Retail and Wholesale), Commercial Photography Labs, Photographic Studio Assistants Photo-Artists, & Media Artists.

Certificate IV

The Certificate IV Course is a comprehensive progression through the acquisition of basic skills from analogue film photography to a fully professional understanding of Photography and Digital Imaging. The course provides you with conceptual and visual development to expand your portfolio gain a tertiary place or a job in the industry. The year culminates in a professional exhibition which enables you to publicly display the best of your portfolio.


The Diploma Course will provide you with new technical skills to operate a vast array of professional photo studio, colour analogue darkroom and camera equipment. You will become skilled in the use of medium and large format film cameras and in our professional photographic studios you will learn to use artificial light and flash to produce the highest quality photographic images. As well as mastering analogue colour processing and printing of your own photographs, you will use authoring tools such as Dreamweaver to explore the creative world of web design technology. Couple the latest photo imaging tools of the 21st century with your imagination and the creative photographic possibilities are endless.

Certificate III

Certificate III in Visual Arts (photography based) Thursday & Friday + One day Facilities use Folio Focus. The CLICK course contains the following subjects, ‘Emulsions’, ‘Pixels’, ‘Expressions’ and ‘Light’. Covering diverse areas such as digital camera controls, software processing, studio lighting and analogue process, apply directly to the college.


We are situated in Melbourne, capital of the State of Victoria one of mainland Australia’s smallest but most densely populated states with just over 4 million residents. Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city offering a wide range of cultures and lifestyles. It is famous for its diversity of eateries, wide tree lined boulevards and many theatres and galleries. Combined with a moderate climate all year round Melbourne is definitely a great place to live and study. Trains Trams and buses all service our photography school. See our map for more details.

The staff

Mick Sirianni

Head of Department

Mick’s art attempts to define the Human Condition. His Photography examines Personal Relationships of people drawn together consciously and randomly.

“I find that the learning atmosphere here at PIC is particularly appealing and extremely encouraging for the creative and expressive demands of the prospering photographer/image maker.” “I sometimes feel I can relate Anthropology too strongly in my image making. But then I become absorbed in the technical aspects of materialising my concerns. The relationship I have with Photography is two-fold. The Craft and Vision; and I do have a ticket to vacillate.”

Irene AlesSandro

Photography Trainer/Assessor

Irene is a multi-media artist, who uses a variety of tools to explore contemporary image making in the 21st  century. She enjoys engaging with students daily to expand on their knowledge and appreciation of photography in all its forms.

Marcus Newman

Photography Trainer/Assessor

Marcus Newman has been working as a media artist for six years mainly in the fields of digital photography and experimental audio. He has participated in photographic exhibitions at the Glen Eira Town Hall, Preview Gallery, First Site @ RMIT and 69 Smith St. He was also profiled on the Triple J arts program Artery for experimental music in 2002.

As a student of PIC in 2000, and now an full time staff member, I have been able to experience the full gamut that PIC has to offer. An intimate learning environment based around the fundamental basics of photography. PIC is only the beginning of a students journey towards further education or gaining employment in the worldwide photography industry.

Stuart Murdoch

Photography Trainer/assessor

Whilst working here at PIC he has had the pleasure of working with hundreds of students whose passion is photography.

He says;

“It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to watch students grow and blossom in their chosen interest of photography, whilst studying with us. The size of the course means there is an atmosphere of mutual respect — which in turn allows for individual attention for all students, thus adding to the quality of the experience each student enjoys whilst studying here — providing them with an outstanding educational experience.

He’s also greatly enamoured by the state of the internet and it’s ability to share and spread ideas, he has had a personal website, since around 2000, and a blog since 2004, he now uses the internet to publish his photographic work in a variety of formats using a variety of tools some of which include 35mm 120 and 5×4 film, processing and printing.

Marina Lamari

Marina is awesome!

Why this course?

  • If you are looking for a photography course that will provide you with expert knowledge, skills and access to professional facilities at affordable prices
  • a course where you can interact with professionals who provide constructive expert advice when you need it
  • a course that is conscious of evolving technologies and provides a curriculum that is relevant for the times
  • a course that still offers all formats of analogue photographic processing and printing, 35mm film to medium format and large format
  • a course that challenges your own perceptions of Photography and your place within it
  • a course that when you graduate, enables you to feel confident in your abilities to undertake employment in the plethora of photographic related industries.

A course that gives you the competitive edge!

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