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TAFE NSW collaboration clicks for Newcastle photography students

A year-long collaboration between TAFE NSW and Newcastle’s Façon Fashion Magazine has led to valuable industry experience for students studying the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging – and an internship for student Darby Young.

TAFE NSW head teacher fine arts David Trout built a relationship with the publication in 2020, which resulted in his pupils engaging in a series of photoshoots with the magazine that were published alongside work from some of Australia’s best photographers in the summer edition.

“The network and contacts I had in the photography and fashion industries came in handy when our teaching team was developing key assessment tasks for the students,” he explained.

“Façon is a well-established creative enterprise in Newcastle – as a high-end fashion magazine, creative agency and events company.

“It offers our students good exposure to different workplace experiences.”

TAFE NSW has more than 25,000 employer connections, which allows students to not only connect with industry but be well-positioned for job opportunities as soon as they graduate.

Façon Australia editor-in-chief Lara Lupish said they valued the creative aptitude in Newcastle.

“Our partnership with TAFE NSW has led us to discover an amazing pool of talent among young people living here,” she added.

“Façon Magazine has included a number of shoots by students from TAFE NSW Hunter Street in our pages, which has given the students exposure to an international audience.

Student Darby Young, who joined Façon as photographic intern in early March, has spent a lot of her time on photoshoots in studio and on location.

“Darby impressed from her very first shoot with us,” Lara said.

“We appreciate the professionalism she brings to our sets, and some of her amazing work will be featured on our social media as well as in our winter issue on 17 June.”

To find out more about studying art and design courses at TAFE NSW, phone 13 16 01 or visit www.tafensw.edu.au

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