WHY JMC?

Nationally accredited Degrees & Diplomas in Creative Industries
Be mentored by our award-winning lecturers and industry partners
Collaborate, network and learn with campuses full of like-minded creatives
Hand-pick electives and projects that are most relevant to you
Inspiring and nurturing amazing creatives for over 40 years

Sydney . Melbourne . Brisbane

 

Creativity is personal and no two journeys are alike... we get it. At JMC that is exactly how we tailor our approach to your learning.

Gain the skills you need to pursue your creative passion for Music, Audio, Animation, Design (Vis. Comm.), Game Design, Film & TV Production, Acting and more at JMC Academy.

From your first contact with our student admissions team right through to the day you graduate and beyond, we are all about helping you discover and create new opportunities, perfect your craft and discover a career you will love.

Our courses and programs are designed differently and have been shaped by contemporary leaders in industry giving you the opportunity to undertake units and projects that are relevant, future-focused and exciting.

JMC will give you every chance to explore and innovate, and we’ll be right there with you along the way.

Notable Alumni

Brent 'Quincy' Buchanan
Strategic A&R, Universal Music Group
Felicity Staunton
Executive Vice President, Animal Logic Entertainment
Scott Petts
Emmy Award Winner and Chief Design Officer, Labyrinth Training
Mel Jarnson
Actress [Mortal Kombat, Harrow, Blacklight, C*A*U*G*H*T]
Aldo Sampaio
Former Audio Director, Ubisoft
Harry O'Brien
Audio Mixer and Frontman, Pacific Avenue
Brett Morris
Former Design Director, Coca Cola Australia
Lexee Gordoun
Director of International Award Winning Films
Earth Patravee
Singer/Songwriter, 50 million Spotify listens [Thailand]
Tim "Timomatic" Omaji
Multi-platinum selling + ARIA Award Nominee + APRA Award Winner
Chloe Dadd
Recording Engineer & Producer, Golden Retriever Studios + Artist
Nick Franklin
Audio Engineer + Owner, Franklin Audio
Fayssal Bazzi
Actor, Best Actor in Television AACTA Award 2020
Callum Howell
Sound Producer, Engineer & Mixer [Ocean Alley]
Nazlican Eren
Radio Presenter and founder, CHERUB Artist Management
Alexander Nezhinskiy
Creative Director & Sound Engineer, Evolsound

Discover Careers

Having lecturers that are actively working in their industry showed me that you can make it in a creative career. The one-on-one learning experience you receive at JMC allowed me to tap into my lecturers industry knowledge and prepare to launch my career in audio.
Chloe Connolly
Audio Engineering & Sound Production
At JMC you’re a name, not just another number and when you study here, you become part of the community. I know everyone’s names and so do the lecturers. It’s a really supportive environment.
James Berklemans
Game Design
My favourite thing about JMC Academy is the access I get to professional, world class equipment. Being able to have that hands-on experience and access to the tech I need to create work has allowed me to build my skills and put my ideas into practice both in and out of the classroom.
Jack Hunter
Film & TV
My favourite thing about JMC is the people. it is a really creative atmosphere. Your lecturers are all industry professionals with real-world experience and share your passions in the field you choose to pursue.
Pedro Vazquez Sanchez
Songwriting

Our Lecturers

Lewis Mitchell

Audio Engineering Lecturer

Lewis Mitchell is a contemporary record producer, engineer and songwriter. Lewis Mitchell started his career at Jungle Studios in 2013, working with notable artists like Urthboy, Birds Of Tokyo, and JOY. He eventually joined Sony Music in 2016, where he lent his talent and passion for recording to artists such as Delta Goodrem and Gang Of Youths. His work on the latter's album, 'Go Farther In Lightness,' earned the record four ARIA Awards.

During his tenure at Sony, Lewis collaborated with renowned musicians like Johnny McDaid on Ed Sheeran productions and hosted sessions for Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals. In 2018, he joined Forbes Street Studios (Universal Music Group), where he worked closely with Def Jam Recordings to develop emerging talents.

Throughout his career, Lewis worked with a diverse range of artists, including A.B. Original, Amy Shark, A$AP Rocky, and Guy Sebastian. He also contributed to soundtracks for Australian films and TV series like '6 Festivals' and 'Black Snow.'

Currently, Lewis is producing and mixing for various talents at Forbes Street Studios (Universal Music Group), and he is working on Ziggy Ramo's third album, building on their previous successful collaborations, including the acclaimed 'Sugar Coated Lies' album. Lewis Mitchell's versatile contributions have left an indelible mark on the music industry, showcasing his prowess as a producer and songwriter.

Lewis Mitchell

Audio Engineering Lecturer

Lewis Mitchell is a contemporary record producer, engineer and songwriter. Lewis Mitchell started his career at Jungle Studios in 2013, working with notable artists like Urthboy, Birds Of Tokyo, and JOY. He eventually joined Sony Music in 2016, where he lent his talent and passion for recording to artists such as Delta Goodrem and Gang Of Youths. His work on the latter's album, 'Go Farther In Lightness,' earned the record four ARIA Awards.

During his tenure at Sony, Lewis collaborated with renowned musicians like Johnny McDaid on Ed Sheeran productions and hosted sessions for Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals. In 2018, he joined Forbes Street Studios (Universal Music Group), where he worked closely with Def Jam Recordings to develop emerging talents.

Throughout his career, Lewis worked with a diverse range of artists, including A.B. Original, Amy Shark, A$AP Rocky, and Guy Sebastian. He also contributed to soundtracks for Australian films and TV series like '6 Festivals' and 'Black Snow.'

Currently, Lewis is producing and mixing for various talents at Forbes Street Studios (Universal Music Group), and he is working on Ziggy Ramo's third album, building on their previous successful collaborations, including the acclaimed 'Sugar Coated Lies' album. Lewis Mitchell's versatile contributions have left an indelible mark on the music industry, showcasing his prowess as a producer and songwriter.

Ben Samuel

Head of Acting + Music Theatre (Melbourne), and Chair of Learning and Teaching Committee

Having recently moved from New Zealand, Ben has immersed himself in the performing arts industry in Melbourne. In New Zealand, Ben has performed in several musicals, concerts, cabarets & music festivals across the country. His performance credits include singing, acting & dancing in major stage productions such as Carmen, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, Hair, Curtains, Coca-Cola CCITP & Nelson Opera in the Park.

Ben has also performed alongside many New Zealand artists, with production companies such as Showbiz, Canterbury Opera & Chant et Danse, and was involved extensively in the New Zealand Jazz & Arts festivals for many years. During his time in Melbourne, Ben has been building a career in singing & teaching whilst standing by the words of Stephen Sondheim “..if I cannot fly, let me sing.”

Ben Samuel

Head of Acting + Music Theatre (Melbourne), and Chair of Learning and Teaching Committee

Having recently moved from New Zealand, Ben has immersed himself in the performing arts industry in Melbourne. In New Zealand, Ben has performed in several musicals, concerts, cabarets & music festivals across the country. His performance credits include singing, acting & dancing in major stage productions such as Carmen, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, Hair, Curtains, Coca-Cola CCITP & Nelson Opera in the Park.

Ben has also performed alongside many New Zealand artists, with production companies such as Showbiz, Canterbury Opera & Chant et Danse, and was involved extensively in the New Zealand Jazz & Arts festivals for many years. During his time in Melbourne, Ben has been building a career in singing & teaching whilst standing by the words of Stephen Sondheim “..if I cannot fly, let me sing.”

Rick Grossman

Music Lecturer

For the past 35 years, Rick has worked as a professional musician, spending five years (1982-1987) as a bass guitarist for Divinyls, and then in 1988 Rick began playing bass for the Hoodoo Gurus. From 1990 onwards Rick has been involved with a side project, Ghostwriters, along with Rob Hirst from Midnight Oil.

Rick has toured both Australia and internationally with the likes of Jimmy Barnes and Men at Work and produced Albums such as ‘Caution: Life Ahead, Artists for Recovery’, a collection of Australian artists to raise awareness for drug rehabilitation.

He has been inducted twice to the ARIA Hall of Fame, in 2007 for his work with Hoodoo Gurus, and also in 2006 for his work with Divinyls.

At JMC Academy, Sydney Campus, Rick teaches Band ensemble and encourages his students to follow their passions and always have commitment, creativity and to write original material.

Rick Grossman

Music Lecturer

For the past 35 years, Rick has worked as a professional musician, spending five years (1982-1987) as a bass guitarist for Divinyls, and then in 1988 Rick began playing bass for the Hoodoo Gurus. From 1990 onwards Rick has been involved with a side project, Ghostwriters, along with Rob Hirst from Midnight Oil.

Rick has toured both Australia and internationally with the likes of Jimmy Barnes and Men at Work and produced Albums such as ‘Caution: Life Ahead, Artists for Recovery’, a collection of Australian artists to raise awareness for drug rehabilitation.

He has been inducted twice to the ARIA Hall of Fame, in 2007 for his work with Hoodoo Gurus, and also in 2006 for his work with Divinyls.

At JMC Academy, Sydney Campus, Rick teaches Band ensemble and encourages his students to follow their passions and always have commitment, creativity and to write original material.

Clio Renner

Music Lecturer

Clio Renner is a Melbourne born pianist, vocalist and songwriter. Renowned as the go-to keyboardist and session vocalist for a roll-call of Australian rock royalty including Angus and Julia Stone, Missy Higgins, Deborah Conway, Tim Rogers, Bob Evans, Alex Lahey, Killing Heidi, G Flip, Lisa Mitchell, Olympia and Do Re Mi, Renner has been a fixture of SBS TV’s much-loved music show ‘Rockwiz’ houseband, and featured in the esteemed ‘Countdown’ band at the Sydney Opera House for the ABC’s 2017 and 2018 New Year’s Eve concert broadcast.

Following on from her acclaimed 2018 EP Something Left to Leave Behind, Clio released her debut album Nothing Breaks Nothing Mends during lockdown in 2020. The album received many accolades, including Album of the Week for the AU review, and most recently has been nominated as a finalist in the prestigious Vanda and Young Songwriting competition.

Clio Renner

Music Lecturer

Clio Renner is a Melbourne born pianist, vocalist and songwriter. Renowned as the go-to keyboardist and session vocalist for a roll-call of Australian rock royalty including Angus and Julia Stone, Missy Higgins, Deborah Conway, Tim Rogers, Bob Evans, Alex Lahey, Killing Heidi, G Flip, Lisa Mitchell, Olympia and Do Re Mi, Renner has been a fixture of SBS TV’s much-loved music show ‘Rockwiz’ houseband, and featured in the esteemed ‘Countdown’ band at the Sydney Opera House for the ABC’s 2017 and 2018 New Year’s Eve concert broadcast.

Following on from her acclaimed 2018 EP Something Left to Leave Behind, Clio released her debut album Nothing Breaks Nothing Mends during lockdown in 2020. The album received many accolades, including Album of the Week for the AU review, and most recently has been nominated as a finalist in the prestigious Vanda and Young Songwriting competition.

James O'Brien

Head of Music (Melbourne)

James graduated with a Bachelor of Music (performance) from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2001 and immediately began work as a touring musician successfully traversing the jazz and popular music worlds. With modern piano trio Misinterprotato, James toured around Australia, the U.S., Canada and Japan and contributed to the group's first two releases through the Melbourne based Jazzhead label.

As singer and songwriter in Brisbane-Melbourne based indie-pop group The Boat People, James has released three albums, toured the U.S. 8 times (including two trips to SXSW), the U.K. twice and supported many outstanding Australian and International acts including Powderfinger, Crowded House and The Shins. The Boat People have had 8 songs playlisted on national radio station Triple J and in 2007 James signed a publishing deal with Ivy League/Mushroom which has seen his songs used extensively in television and film.

In 2012, James co-wrote and sung the breakout single "Half of It" for producer duo YesYou which received high rotation radio play on Triple J. James currently works as touring bass player with avant-folk group Machine Translations and songstress Kate Miller-Heidke. With his new group Darling James, he produced and music directed the "8 First Dates" event at the 2014 Melbourne Fringe which featured guests Ainslie Wills, Angie Hart (Frente), Jae Laffer (The Panics) and many others. Darling James are about to release their debut single and recently opened for legendary Australian group, The Church.

James O'Brien

Head of Music (Melbourne)

James graduated with a Bachelor of Music (performance) from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2001 and immediately began work as a touring musician successfully traversing the jazz and popular music worlds. With modern piano trio Misinterprotato, James toured around Australia, the U.S., Canada and Japan and contributed to the group's first two releases through the Melbourne based Jazzhead label.

As singer and songwriter in Brisbane-Melbourne based indie-pop group The Boat People, James has released three albums, toured the U.S. 8 times (including two trips to SXSW), the U.K. twice and supported many outstanding Australian and International acts including Powderfinger, Crowded House and The Shins. The Boat People have had 8 songs playlisted on national radio station Triple J and in 2007 James signed a publishing deal with Ivy League/Mushroom which has seen his songs used extensively in television and film.

In 2012, James co-wrote and sung the breakout single "Half of It" for producer duo YesYou which received high rotation radio play on Triple J. James currently works as touring bass player with avant-folk group Machine Translations and songstress Kate Miller-Heidke. With his new group Darling James, he produced and music directed the "8 First Dates" event at the 2014 Melbourne Fringe which featured guests Ainslie Wills, Angie Hart (Frente), Jae Laffer (The Panics) and many others. Darling James are about to release their debut single and recently opened for legendary Australian group, The Church.

Paul McKercher

Audio Lecturer

Credited with five Aria Awards and hundreds of releases, the Sonic signatures of clarity, power, punch and musicality are the defining qualities of Paul's work. He understands musicians and can tap into the essence of their artistic vision while making the recording process transparent, enjoyable, even transcendent.

Over the course of an extensive career in music production, Paul’s inclusive approach and versatility has led to successful collaborations with artists from multiple genres.

He has a deep technical knowledge and is a multi-instrumentalist with formal training in music (AMEB grade 7) and the recording arts, working at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for a decade taking the role of Triple J live music producer for three years.

Bringing a critical approach to studio practice and an empathic ear to music production, Paul has written articles, spoken at industry conferences, podcasts and lectured extensively in music production.

Paul McKercher

Audio Lecturer

Credited with five Aria Awards and hundreds of releases, the Sonic signatures of clarity, power, punch and musicality are the defining qualities of Paul's work. He understands musicians and can tap into the essence of their artistic vision while making the recording process transparent, enjoyable, even transcendent.

Over the course of an extensive career in music production, Paul’s inclusive approach and versatility has led to successful collaborations with artists from multiple genres.

He has a deep technical knowledge and is a multi-instrumentalist with formal training in music (AMEB grade 7) and the recording arts, working at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for a decade taking the role of Triple J live music producer for three years.

Bringing a critical approach to studio practice and an empathic ear to music production, Paul has written articles, spoken at industry conferences, podcasts and lectured extensively in music production.

Jane Gazzo

EBM And Music Lecturer

Jane Gazzo wears many hats in the world of music and entertainment. As a music journalist, TV presenter, author, MC, DJ and public speaker, she's a true industry legend. Jane extends her expertise as both an Entertainment Business and Music Lecturer at JMC Academy. Jane's remarkable accomplishments include multiple nominations for the AWMAs Music Journalist Award, with a notable win in 2023 - a clear indicator that she is one of the absolute best in the business.

Jane Gazzo

EBM And Music Lecturer

Jane Gazzo wears many hats in the world of music and entertainment. As a music journalist, TV presenter, author, MC, DJ and public speaker, she's a true industry legend. Jane extends her expertise as both an Entertainment Business and Music Lecturer at JMC Academy. Jane's remarkable accomplishments include multiple nominations for the AWMAs Music Journalist Award, with a notable win in 2023 - a clear indicator that she is one of the absolute best in the business.

James Puli SOC

Film & Television Lecturer

James is one of Australia's most versatile Camera / Steadicam Operators! After forging a solid career as a Camera Assistant (working on such productions as Ghost Rider, Where The Wild Things Are and Steven Spielberg's The Pacific), James "stepped up" to operating cameras in 2008 and has since worked for every TV network in Australia + ESPN and MTV America.... in addition to the hundreds of TV commercials, concerts and the odd movie as well. Be it sport, drama, reality, comedy, commercial, corporate or music - James has shot it and continues to be in high demand inside and outside of JMC!

James Puli SOC

Film & Television Lecturer

James is one of Australia's most versatile Camera / Steadicam Operators! After forging a solid career as a Camera Assistant (working on such productions as Ghost Rider, Where The Wild Things Are and Steven Spielberg's The Pacific), James "stepped up" to operating cameras in 2008 and has since worked for every TV network in Australia + ESPN and MTV America.... in addition to the hundreds of TV commercials, concerts and the odd movie as well. Be it sport, drama, reality, comedy, commercial, corporate or music - James has shot it and continues to be in high demand inside and outside of JMC!

Tim McEwen

Animation, Game + Design Lecturer

Tim McEwen draws on his broad experience in feature film storyboards and concept art (Happy Feet Two, Blinky Bill, Wolf Creek 2), as well as comic books, illustration, and cartooning. He's been published professionally since he was 17, has featured in 22 exhibitions domestically and internationally, and has been nominated and shortlisted many times for numerous awards, including three times for Best Comic Book Artist in the Australian Cartoonists’ Association's prestigious Stanley Awards. In 2018 he received the Platinum Ledger Award for contributions to the Australian comics scene.

He's been the director of the Comics Art Awards of Australia, a committee member for the Australian Cartoonists' Association, founding art director of Supanova Pop Culture Expo, as well as being a featured guest at numerous conventions, and an expert speaker at numerous events. He's also an art director and graphic designer with 30+ years of experience.

Tim has lectured at JMC in Sydney for nine years, and has previously lectured at the University of Western Sydney. He continues to work in his chosen professions, illustrating books, providing storyboards, and working on his internationally distributed, award-winning comic series ‘Greener Pastures’.

Tim McEwen

Animation, Game + Design Lecturer

Tim McEwen draws on his broad experience in feature film storyboards and concept art (Happy Feet Two, Blinky Bill, Wolf Creek 2), as well as comic books, illustration, and cartooning. He's been published professionally since he was 17, has featured in 22 exhibitions domestically and internationally, and has been nominated and shortlisted many times for numerous awards, including three times for Best Comic Book Artist in the Australian Cartoonists’ Association's prestigious Stanley Awards. In 2018 he received the Platinum Ledger Award for contributions to the Australian comics scene.

He's been the director of the Comics Art Awards of Australia, a committee member for the Australian Cartoonists' Association, founding art director of Supanova Pop Culture Expo, as well as being a featured guest at numerous conventions, and an expert speaker at numerous events. He's also an art director and graphic designer with 30+ years of experience.

Tim has lectured at JMC in Sydney for nine years, and has previously lectured at the University of Western Sydney. He continues to work in his chosen professions, illustrating books, providing storyboards, and working on his internationally distributed, award-winning comic series ‘Greener Pastures’.

JMC Academy | The Academy of Creativity

School for Music, Audio, Animation, Design (Visual Communication), Ent. Business Management, Game Design, Film & TV Production & Acting Courses in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, Australia!