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Staff – Trainers


Claire Hacon   |  FASHION DESIGN

Claire is an enthusiastic and professional lecturer with a sound track record of responsibility and achievement.  She completed her Bachelor of Design at Massey University in 2008 gaining a First Class Honours and a Massey Scholarship to undertake her Master of Design (Fashion) which she completed in 2010 at Massey University again with First Class honours.

 Before joining the Acadaemy of Design Claire taught  at Massey University, the Australian Institute of Creative Design, and at Raffles Design Institute in Manila as Head of Fashion Design.

Claire very much enjoys teaching and imparting knowledge to students across the full gamut of the design process from concept to completion. She particularly enjoys helping students realise their personal design vision.  She  has taught at a variety of levels from diploma to undergraduate and has also run short courses.

Claire is active in the fashion industry; she  mentors local emerging designers and continues to design bespoke garments in the specialist area of tailoring which has been an enduring passion for her. Claire’s design work has featured in several internationally published books and editorials.

Claire believes students should research and develop fantastic ideas but also realise that from that point on the design process becomes more practical and that it is really important to understand the technicalities of pattern cutting, garment construction and the possibilities of fabric. This approach fits well well with the Academy of Design’s philosophy of offerenig a balanced curricula between the provision of industry production and design skills.

Bachelor Of Design Masters Of Design TAE Cert IV training & Assessment


Simon Hutchen  |  PHOTOGRAPHY

Simon started his career in Education over 8 years ago. A true artist he pursued his interests in illustration and cartooning combined with his skills in painting. He still creates unique illustration portraits and commercially sells his work today. He then followed a natural progression into taking his art forms into photography.  With a highly artistic flair he started to create images that truly reflected his beginnings as an artist – and created photographic portfolios that are often visually confronting and thought-provoking.

He then travelled and worked extensively building his passion for photography.

After years of exploring this new found avenue he furthered his studies with photography with the intension of combining his Bachelor of Education with Photography and artistic exploration. His strengths with working with people also led him into Fashion / Editorial photography. He has worked with Models, Fashion Designers and Performers in portfolios, advertising campaigns and a wide range of editorial work. He now blends his skills to bring a highly innovative edge to his projects at the Academy.

Bachelor of Education DIP Photography TAE cert IV – Training & Assessment


Jai Arkoshy  |  FILM & TV

Jai is highly trained and an experienced Actor/Director. He has been studying films and the art of film making since 2004. At a very young age Jai developed an interest in cameras and their inner workings, then started producing short films. Since then he has continued to study film and improve his skillset as a filmmaker.

Jai has been involved in creating many short films, local commercials and world sporting events. Some of the more well known commercial activities he has been involved in include: Films for Currumbin Wildlife sanctuary, Air Gold Coast, Firefighters Calendar, Versace Hotel, music videos and many other commercial videos.

Improving and developing his skills further during where he started his own film business which took him to new heights and allowed many other interested people to utilize his skill set. Today he passes on his expert industry knowledge and experience as a highly dedicated Film & TV Trainer while continuing to run his film business on the gold coast. He hopes to inspire and prepare future film makers for the film industry and further students ability at the Academy of Design

Certificate 111 Media Diploma of Screen & Media TAE IV Training & Assessment


Carrie Kellett  |  BEAUTY THERAPY Clinic Assistant