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We make it our mission to ensure graduates are job-ready with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.

Since 1988, Macleay College has fostered a vibrant community of students, alumni, experienced lecturers and industry connections. From our roots in Surry Hills to our newest campus in Melbourne, we are the institution of choice for students who are eager to pursue life-changing, hands-on education in advertising and media, digital media, business, accounting, marketing and journalism.


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Why choose Macleay

Learn by doing and gain real experience

For over 30 years we’ve been connecting graduates to industry success through practical education. Our project-based learning and real-world course content gives you valuable experience and access to industry networks, so you’re prepared to start your career from day one.

Learn from the best

Learn from the best

Our lecturers are all industry professionals, consistently rated as leaders in their fields. They bring the latest industry knowledge to every course, and with our small class sizes, you get personalised guidance in an intimate learning environment.

Graduate job ready

By pitching ideas, developing skills and working in teams, you experience first-hand what your new job will be like. We also understand that not all job skills can be taught in the classroom, which is why you get to work in your chosen field with industry leaders through our internship program. Internships are a valuable opportunity to see how you like your field of study. You might find that it’s even better than you’d hoped - or the experience lands you a job before you graduate!

Graduate job ready
Where here to help

We’re here to help

Qualified counsellors are available at our Sydney and Melbourne campuses every week. You can book a private and confidential meeting free of charge if you’re in need of some personal and emotional support. We also offer free workshops on study tips, referencing, essay writing, research, report writing and more, and encourage all students to attend.

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Our industry-leading lecturers are professionals in their fields

Macleay’s lecturers work in areas related to the subjects they teach and deliver their instruction from an industry perspective. We’re proud to engage a stellar line up of journalism, advertising, digital media, business, accounting and marketing professionals who guide you to industry success.

Riyadh Zaman, Sydney
Business and Accounting

I am the Head of Business & Accounting at Macleay and a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA ANZ). I have worked in senior management level positions involving accounting, business and administration, both in-house and as a consultant, as well as teaching roles in higher education. My goal is to help learners to reach their highest potential and make meaningful contributions to society.

Sue Stephenson, Sydney

I’m a digital and broadcast news specialist with a strong interest in media laws and ethics, and new and innovative journalism. I've worked in regional media and for Channel 7, ABC News and Nine, and I'm one of the Walkley Foundation's Google News Initiative trainers. My career highlights include being the Foundation Executive Producer of ABC News 24 (now the ABC News Channel); winning Logie, Walkley and Prodi awards as a reporter/producer; and receiving Teaching Excellence and three JERAA Publication of the Year Awards as a Journalism Lecturer. I've been commissioned to write the next foundational journalism textbook for Australia and the Asia/Pacific and I'm about to embark on a PhD through Sydney University.

Kathy Marks, Sydney

I'm a former reporter and foreign correspondent for Reuters, Daily Telegraph (UK) and The Independent. I now mostly write long-form features and essays for Australian magazines including Griffith Review and The Weekend Australian Magazine. I won a Walkley Award for Coverage of Indigenous Affairs. My non-fiction book Pitcairn: Paradise Lost won the Ned Kelly Award for best true crime writing.

Teresa Truda, Melbourne
Advertising & Digital Media

I’m an award-winning geek, Speaker and Advisor. Roles have ranged from Digital/Tech Specialist, Speaker in Tech and Start-up events across APAC, Advisor and Mentor to Start-up’s, Board Member at Girls in Tech and Advisor at She Starts. I’m the former CEO and Found of Chozun 途赞 - the world’s first travel and loyalty ecosystem to be powered by cryptocurrency and Blockchain technology.

Cisco Corea, Sydney
Advertising & Digital Media | Journalism

I’m a film Director, Producer, Editor and Director of Photography. I also run my own agency called Joker Theory Films and have won a few awards including an ASTRA and an ARIA for my music video by Pnau. When not working at my agency and teaching at Macleay, I run workshops in digital and mobile journalism for news organisations like AA and Fairfax.

Lisa Campton, Melbourne
Advertising & Digital Media | Business

I have 20+ years experience in advertising, media and marketing and have worked in many of Australia's largest agencies including Saatchis, MediaCom and Mitchells (now DentsuX). I have steered the strategy for some of Australia's most successful  brands including GMH Holden, Glasko Smith Kline, Sara Lee and the Woolworths group.  

Michelle Stephenson, Sydney

I’m a national news presenter and National Newsroom Director for NOVA Entertainment, where I present news for Nova’s Number 1 Drive Time show, “Kate, Tim and Marty” and also direct NOVA Entertainment’s news teams nationally. With a Degree in Politics and a Masters in Journalism, my career has seen me work for Sky News, Prime TV as well as anchoring a news show in Canada.

Juliann Brooker, Sydney
Advertising & Digital Media

I’ve worked for three decades as an Art Director and Designer, in Sydney and London, and have lectured countless students in Creative Process and Design Thinking technique. I completed a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at Melbourne University and am passionate about helping people develop their creativity in personal and professional lives.

Peter Weaving, Melbourne

I’m a Central Victorian tree-change photographer, after working for 30 years as a Newspaper Photographer. Recently, I was working as a Chief Photographer at Bendigo Advertiser, mentoring graduate photographers and journalists with daily newspaper operations. Prior to that, I was Chief Photographer for FCN in The Age building. In addition to teaching at Macleay I work as a freelance photographer.

Dr Manny Aston, Sydney
Academic Mentor

Dr Manny Aston has over 30 years of higher education teaching experience and holds degrees at Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral levels within the fields of psychology, education, communications and the creative arts. With a background in film and television, Manny is also a published playwright and author of numerous creative and academic texts. His book Study Right has become one of Australia’s best selling ‘How to Study’ guides.

Andrew Barnum, Sydney
Advertising & Digital Media

Australian born in the USA, raised in Sydney. I started my career as an Advertising Art Director and then switched to Graphic designer. I’ve worked professionally as a Designer, Singer-songwriter/Performer (Vitabeats), and Higher Ed Academic and Lecturer. Currently a PhD candidate, my thesis is: ‘Renewing cultural identity through Australian song’.

Florence Dobbie, Sydney
Advertising & Digital Media | Business

I worked for Nestle, in my home country of France, as an intern and later was offered a job with Nescafé where I stayed for three years. After completing my second Masters in Sydney, I worked for health and construction brands in marketing roles. I started my own business in 2015 and now work with small to large companies helping them develop their marketing strategies.

Cameron Horn, Sydney
Advertising & Digital Media

I am one of Australia's most awarded copywriters, with 3 New York Advertising Awards, 20 Australian Broadcast Awards and over 30 finalists. I have a 3-decade career in writing including time as Creative Director at Reg Grundy Media, Macquarie Broadcasting (2GB), Creative Strategist at Southern Cross Austereo, as well as media liaison/researcher for NSW Parliament. I have taught advertising, marketing and promotions in the tertiary sector, since 1991, including at Macleay since 2011. I have two Masters, in Marketing and Professional Writing, as well as teaching Written Communications and Advertising Copywriting in the Communications Faculty at Macleay.

Daniela Initili, Sydney

I am an established sports journalist who regularly reports on ABC News.I have also worked as the sports reporter for commercial networks including Ten, Nine, Fox Sports and ESPN Sporstcentre Australia. I have also written weekly column for motoring website, which featured in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Dr Gerard Reed, Sydney

I am a Subject Leader for Enterprise Innovation at Macleay College with experience in economic development with an emphasis on entrepreneurial and innovative screen business practices. I have completed scripting and production for television documentary programming funded by the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), Screen Australia, Foxtel and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC TV).
I hold a PhD in Entrepreneurship and a Master of Entrepreneurship degree from ECIC, a Master of Arts degree from The University of the Arts, London (UAL), and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia.

Shelley Kirby, Melbourne
Advertising & Digital Media

I am an award-winning conceptual thinker and art director. I've spent 15 years working as a creative around Australia and overseas while creating side hustles and tutoring at the country’s top universities.

Emanuel Perdis, Sydney
Advertising & Digital Media | Business

I’m an Entrepreneur with over 25 yrs business experience  as the Managing director and co-founder of Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics. I lecture and teach Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Business. I have also authored a groundbreaking book in Entrepreneurship called the Itch: The Alchemy of the Soul Along the Entrepreneurial Journey.

Grant Farelly, Melbourne
Advertising & Digital Media

I am the co-founder and Lead User Experience Designer of PENSO, a global digital consultancy. My career has spanned over 18 years working for digital Agencies and Consultancies across Auckland, Melbourne and London. I am passionate about all things digital. I am driven by delivering engaging experiences that solve user problems while helping brands generate new customers.

Jason Gemenis, Sydney
Advertising & Digital Media

I have 30 years experience in publishing and advertising, working with brands like Nestlé, P&G, Aviate Group, MLC, Ensemble Theatre, McDonalds, Ferrero Rocher, Nutella, Volkswagen, Streets, Merlin Entertainment and Sony Pictures. In 2015, I started my own design agency called Peppermint Digital. My goal for the business is to work in partnership with PR and AD agencies to deliver cutting-edge design.

Juliet Hudson, Sydney

Living a life full of Tourism and Events Work Experience across the Asia Pacific Region & Global travel adventures with Event & Tourism companies such as Accor, Outrigger Resorts, Globus Tours & Dockside venue group, I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and engaging the next generation of Events & Tourism professionals. Macleay is where I began my Lecturing career many years ago and I’m excited to be back on the team.  

Lucy Watson, Melbourne
Advertising & Digital Media

I am a marketer, copywriter and content strategist with many years of experience in creating digital and traditional marketing campaigns - including copywriting across print, digital, packaging and outdoor for brands such as the AFR and The Age, Stomping Ground Brewing Co, Holgate Brewhouse and more.

Nigel Gladstone, Sydney

I'm an investigative journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald. I was a data journalist at the Herald for two years working on interactive projects, including a Walkley award-winning piece about Cricket participation. Prior to the Herald I worked for Newscorp as a data journalist and spent five years working at various local papers across Sydney.

Simon Cardwell, Sydney
Advertising & Digital Media

I am an internationally published fine art photographer based in Sydney, Australia and I have been commissioned to create unique visual solutions for campaigns and commercial projects. Represented by Curatorial and Co,
my work has been exhibited internationally with clients including Vogue and Elle magazines, Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures and Sony Studios as well as the Sydney Dance Company and the Australian Ballet. I have received awards for the Illustrators Award in 2012 and 2013 as well as being a finalist in the Josephine Ulirick and Win Schurbert Photography Award 2012, the Moran Prize in 2012 and the Haselhurst Art Prise – Works on Paper 2013.

Paul Everson, Sydney
Advertising & Digital Media

Paul is a Managing Director and marketing specialist. He has worked in top tier creative, communications and technology companies globally helping clients and brands unlock growth through a customer and digital first mindset. 

Robert Cugno, Melbourne

In a nutshell you can describe me as a teacher, coach, mentor, entrepreneur, academic, podcaster, father and husband.  My life motto is “connect, engage, teach” and it drives everything I do.  It is the driver behind my extensive, multi-facetted career.  The value I bring to my students is the connection between what they study in a classroom and how it really applies in business and how it may impact on their careers. 

Simon Kitching, Melbourne
Advertising & Digital Media

I am a Creative Director with a wide range of experience across many disciplines including advertising, marketing, new business development, branding, art direction, copy writing, graphic design, TV commercial and corporate video production. I have worked with a number of companies including Amirati Puris Lintas, George Patterson Bates, DDB Needham, Clemenger, Young and Rubicam, Samuelson Talbot, Sanford Partnership, Leo Burnett and The Ball Partnership.

Wijasena Setiawan, Sydney

I’m a professional accountant works for ASX listed company for the past 16 years. I am responsible for several project management, system implementation, and continuous improvements within the finance department. I assisted the implementation of a new accounting system (Oracle-Netsuite), automated several processes with a strong focus on efficiencies and cost savings.

Neil Mcmahon, Melbourne

I have been a journalist for 35 years, starting my career in Melbourne at the Sun and later The Age. I have worked as a foreign correspondent based in Africa and have been published in the Australian, British, American and South African media, as well as doing radio and TV work. I currently write regularly for the Nine newspapers as well as doing other freelance work for the ABC, SBS and other outlets. I have been teaching at Macleay since 2016.

Philip Divisek, Sydney

I focus on providing students with insight into how theory may be applied to improve outcomes in real-world scenarios.

Shafiul Azam CA, Sydney
I hold 18 years of professional accounting/business industry experiences, worked as Manager (Accounts), Deputy Manager (Accounts), Assistant Manager (Accounts) and Budget Officer etc. capacities in six different organizations, from a small company to a large oil & gas corporation and around 12 years of accounting/business academic career which put me in a suitable position to teach in the area of business/accounting. 
Amy Miller, Sydney

I’ve worked for over 20 years in the communications industry with FMCG, Lifestyle, Arts, Health, Education, Fashion and Travel clients and programs including Guinness, Vodafone, Triumph and more. My background includes teaching Visual Arts, working across PR Agencies in London and Sydney, setting up my Marketing & PR Consultancy and developing various Entrepreneurial ventures online.

Esther Gretton, Melbourne
Advertising & Digital Media | Business

My career has spanned across business development, strategy, marketing, sales and consulting roles within small and large businesses. After years in the corporate 9-to-5 world, I finally took the plunge and started my own business. I currently run Savvy Entrepreneurs Online with my business partner along with my own business coaching practice.

Kathryn Hunyor, Sydney
Advertising & Digital Media

I’m a Japanese-speaking Curator, Creative Producer and Speaker. I collaborate directly with artists and presenters to create contemporary art projects between Sydney & Tokyo, and beyond. I also work as a consultant with some of Australia’s major arts companies including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Opera House and Art Gallery of NSW. Currently I’m working with the Australian Design Centre to present a lecture series “Design 101: everything you wanted to know about design and more!’

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