It’s not often you are privileged enough to watch a true master at work in their absolute element, but the fortunate students in Sydney TAFE’s Creative Collaborators course were gifted that chance. While the course is largely conducted online, with videos, seminars and education material all located on an efficient internet portal, the highlights of this course lie in their workshops, which act as an opportunity for students to go on set for the full editorial experience. The course is ideal for hairdressers of all experience levels, from emerging talents to experienced hairdressers looking to rediscover their creativity or build on their repertoire.

In the course’s second workshop, industry legend Philip Barwick led the way, creating the very edgy Gemini collection from the Creative Collaborators, with students in tow. Hosted as part of The Image Makers course, the session was a live photography session held in an intimate environment (each enrolment is limited to 20 attendees). In these regular Masterclasses, students are privy to demonstrations with a core education team, who each share their specific skills in photography, makeup and styling, to create the images. Where Philip led the second masterclass and Lauren McCowan was at the helm of session number one, Sarah Laidlaw and Sharon Blain are the next names rounding out a stellar list of educators. The duo will present over November 15 and 16 (respectively) in Sydney.

For the Gemini collection Philip played with shape and structure in style, at times literally defying gravity to create truly unique hair looks. The result was a clash of eras, with retro references but also a futuristic, intergalactic feel, and hair that was both editorially ambitious and relevant from a skills perspective.

The Creative Collaborators course is now open to its final intake of the year, including the last subsidised offers. The course promises a pathway to insider knowledge and elevated creativity, delineated into three categories. These are the aforementioned Image Makers course, focusing on hair design for print and film, the Presenters program, to develop the presentation skills of professional hairdressers, and the Event Directors category, which centres on leadership skills professional hair scenarios, such as weddings and shows.

This three part series contributes to the Graduate Certificate in Creative Hairdressing Leadership, a new qualification and the only creative based qualification specifically for hairdressers offered in Australia. Each category runs for 12 weeks with the online material (think, 300 interviews exclusive to The Creative Collaborators) and the Masterclasses stand out as semester features.

The November intake will feature a selection of more legendary names in each of the categories, with artists specialising in cut, style, colour, presentation and education, with names including Sarah Laidlaw, Lauren McCowan, Sharon Blain, Dennis Langford, Brett Albury and Philip Barwick making a return. The course is currently open for enrolment, with TAFE funding for those who qualify, reducing the rate to a quarter of its total fee.

Your avenue to session styling and essential hairdressing skills conducted in the most artistic forum awaits.

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