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PO Box 5200 South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia
220 Ingles Street Port Melbourne, VIC 3207 Australia


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The faculty at the Academy of Design includes professional advertising creatives and copywriters, fashion designers, graphic designers, photographers, multimedia designers and visual artists who are also committed and highly successful educators.

The teaching staff at the Academy are qualified trainers who are also highly respected and reputable artists or designers. Many also teach in universities and several have international teaching experience. Visiting artists and designers supplement the teaching programs as guest lecturers. Their professional skills and experience are important factors in the high quality of work being produced by students at the Academy of Design.

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Program Coordinators

Communication Design: Ms Donna Kirkwood
Fashion & Costume Design: Ms Samita Bhattacharjee
Filmmaking & Photography: Ms Lydia Hohl
Graphic & Digital Design: Mr Carlo Pagoda
Visual Arts: Ms Michelle Mantsio

Program Leaders

Communication Design: Mr Max Amner
Fashion & Costume Design: Mr Mark Reid
Filmmaking & Photography: Mr Andrew McKenzie
Graphic & Digital Design: Mr Gerard Brennan
Visual Arts: Mr Michael Peck

Other Study Coordinators

Contextual Studies: Dr Graham Storey
Core and Professional Studies: Mr Cameron Jenyns
International Students: Mr Neil Chenery


Max Amner
Samita Bhattacharjee
Gerard Brennan
Neil Chenery
David Gill
Brigit Heller

Lydia Hohl

Cameron Jenyns
Katrina Jojkity

Donna Kirkwood
Andrew McKenzie
Michelle Mantsio
Stephanie Maynard
Carlo Pagoda
Michael Peck
Dr Jillian Powell
Dr David Prescott-Steed
Mark Reid

Derrick Shaw
Michelle Soldatos
Dr Graham Storey
Barry Spencer
Mimm Trifilo

Julie Wajs
Dr Julian Warren

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