Modelling and Finishing Course

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Our Professional Modelling Course includes our complete Finishing Course! Two Amazing Courses in One!

Whether you wish to become a model, or are simply seeking to develop your personal image and self-esteem, this is the course for you!



  • Practical Make-up/Beauty Sessions
  • Deportment, Posture and Body Language
  • Fashion and Styling
  • Personal Grooming
  • Hair Care and Styling Techniques
  • Social and Business Etiquette
  • Speech Enhancement
  • Communication Skills
  • Health and Emotional Well-Being
  • Job Interview and Résumé Writing


Catwalk Lessons and Runway Training

  • Our practical runway classes will have you walking like a professional model
  • Learn the latest trends in runway/fashion parades
  • Catwalk lessons cover choreographed routines, model turns and perfecting the model walk
  • Our runway classes will finish with your participation in a real fashion parade!
  • Learn from the experts! Our runway training sessions are taught by highly experienced professional models

Television Modelling Training

  • Hands-on workshops in television hosting and presenting
  • Television commercials
  • Preparation for television auditions, screen tests and castings

Modelling Tips and Industry Overview

  • Individual direction on how to prepare for a career as a professional model
  • Advice and direction regarding reputable modelling agencies, casting and promotional model agencies
  • How to prepare portfolios and composite cards
  • Do’s and don’ts of modelling
  • An insight into showroom and promotional modelling
  • Knowledge required to get started in the modelling industry
  • Learn all the latest and most useful modeling tips

Model Make-up

  • Learn how to apply professional model make-up, suitable for future modelling jobs
  • Contouring and shading techniques taught by a professional make-up artist

Photographic Workshops

  • Learn how to move, pose and be photographed to ensure the best results
  • Participate in a professional photographic session (an ideal start for your portfolio)

Common Questions

Duration & Fees - Model Course



Duration: 2 Weeks (4 days per week)

Hours of attendance: Monday to Thursday (10.00 am – 4.00 pm)


Duration: 8 Weeks

Hours of attendance: Saturdays (9.00 am – 1.30 pm)


$925.00 (easy weekly payment plan available for part-time studies)


Commencement Dates & Enrolment - Model Course


Keen to get started? Please click ‘ENROL NOW’ for information on Course Commencement Dates, Payment Plans; and to arrange your online booking.



Should we need to cancel an intake due to COVID restrictions; any deposit monies that you have paid will be fully refundable or transferable to an alternate date.

The well-being of our team members and students remains our highest priority. Our “Keeping You Safe Whilst You Study Program” provides information on our practices to ensure the health and safety of our staff and students while you complete your modelling course with us. For more information on our COVID safe measures; please visit the following link:

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Trainers & Delivery Methods


Learn from the best!

Our finishing subjects are all highly interactive and practical. Classes are delivered by a team of experienced professionals including:

  • Image Consultants and Stylists
  • Professional Make-up Artists
  • Communication and Voice Trainers
  • Etiquette Experts

Our hands-on modelling classes are taught by professional models and photographers. Workshops are designed to enable you to ‘trial’ modelling in a non-competitive, happy and encouraging learning environment. Our small class sizes ensure that trainers can work closely with you to provide personalised help, support and direction.

Your practical runway lessons and photo posing classes will be taken by a team of highly successful industry professionals. While they have many years of professional modelling experience, they are still actively working in the industry, ensuring that the skills and knowledge you acquire are current and relevant to today’s scene.

Our Modelling Courses are facilitated by Ashlee Scotland and Samantha Padmore.

Ashlee has modelled extensively in Tokyo, Beijing, Los Angeles, London and Australia. With over a decade of industry experience, Ashlee has appeared in campaigns and commercials for clients such as Gorman, Bonds, Spec Savers, Samsung and Fila. Her runway experience extends to the catwalks of Dion Lee, Patrick Owen and Sportsgirl and being in the Music Videos of some top Australian Artists: Kylie Minogue, REMI and Moonbase.

Samantha has been modelling for 12 years and has worked in Toronto, Miami, South Africa and Australia. She has modelled for major brands such as Bonds, Bras n Things, Lorna Jane, Nike, Addidas, Puma and Coca-Cola. She has also featured in over 20 commercials and TV Shows.

Ashlee and Sam are passionate about sharing their knowledge of the industry and their modelling skills and experience with you.

Employment Opportunities for our Graduates


On successful completion of your modelling course, you shall be individually guided and advised regarding your model potential. This personalised assessment can include direction regarding your suitability for different types of modelling work, selection of photographs, acceptance into our own model agency, and personal introductions to Melbourne’s top promotional, casting and modelling agencies.

Year after year, the true success stories in the modelling and television industry are Suzan Johnston graduates. Why? Because we care and believe that our success is your success!

Since 1959, we have been one of Australia’s leading Modelling Schools. If you want to become a model, we have the knowledge, the contacts and the reputation to make it happen for you


As a Suzan Johnston Model Course graduate, you are automatically entitled to repeat your course in the future free of charge! This ensures that you will continue to have the latest, up-to-the-minute knowledge and receive ongoing benefits from your training for life.


Some of our Model Success Stories

Over the decades, countless graduates from our model school have successfully pursued exciting careers as professional models, actors and television presenters. After our modelling classes YOU could be next!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the Model Course Trainers?
Our modelling course trainers are professionals who support our students with tireless dedication, commitment and enthusiasm – qualities unique to Suzan Johnston Australia that are highly valued by our students. Our experienced model training team includes:

  • Professional image and personal brand consultants
  • Professional make-up artists
  • Fashion stylists
  • Modern etiquette and communication experts
  • Professional fashion models
  • Professional photographers

Is Suzan Johnston a Modelling Agency?
Established since 1959, Suzan Johnston is the leading and most respected model school in Melbourne. Although we do have a small modelling agency where we can get our students their first job or two, predominantly our role is to prepare our girls for careers as successful models and then refer them on to the most suitable (and reputable) modelling agencies. Suzan Johnston is renowned for equipping girls with the confidence, professional modelling skills and industry knowledge that will give them a definite edge.

Do I have to be tall or look like a model to do the modeling course?
No, you don’t have to be 5’11” and look like Miranda Kerr to participate in our model course. Girls of all shapes and sizes can do this modeling course because they come to Suzan Johnston for a variety of reasons. Yes, some girls come along with the desire/dream to become a model, but many others simply come for extra confidence, to learn how to look good, and to feel good about themselves. Our training environment is extremely relaxed, friendly, non-competitive and all-inclusive. Everyone is welcome and every girl is made to feel beautiful.

Are there any additional costs within the Finishing and Modelling Course?
We offer an all-inclusive fee (with no hidden extras or additional charges) of $925.00 for our Finishing and Modelling Course.
You will be required to bring along a pair of high heel shoes to be used during deportment and runway classes and for hygiene reasons, we also suggest that you bring your own make-up brushes and mascara to be used during the practical make-up sessions.

Is it true that I can repeat any of the deportment or model training sessions again for FREE?
Yes! As a Suzan Johnston model course graduate, we offer you the opportunity to repeat the entire model course in the future FREE OF CHARGE! This ensures that your knowledge and skills remain up-to-date and relevant to you always.

Is there any difference between full-time and part-time modelling courses?
No, the course content and trainers etc. are identical – so you can just choose the delivery option that best suits you.

What are the differences between the Finishing Course and the Modelling Course?
The Finishing and Deportment Course is delivered over four days and focusses on grooming, deportment, communication and etiquette etc. It does NOT include any model training.

The Modeling Course is essentially a combination of both the Modelling and the Finishing Course. During the eight-day course, participants will be taken through the entire content of the Finishing Course PLUS receive model training.

For more information on our Finishing and Personal Development Course please click HERE.

Who was Ms Suzan Johnston?
In 1959, Ms Suzan Johnston, a former fashion model, founded the finishing school, which became known as the Suzan Johnston Training Organization (Suzan Johnston Australia).

For more than 30 years, until her retirement, Ms Suzan Johnston enriched the lives of thousands of women, enabling them to reach their full potential and to achieve their goals. Their training at the organisation equipped them with the confidence to believe in themselves whilst opening their eyes and their minds to lives with endless possibilities.

Ms Suzan Johnston was very much a visionary and a pioneer for Melbourne women. Our training centre that stands today demonstrates that her legacy of inspiration continues to empower women (and men) to believe, strive and achieve. Some 62 years later our training and management team remain committed to maintaining Suzan’s dream and to keeping her vision alive.

Why should I complete a modelling course at Suzan Johnston Australia?

  • Suzan Johnston Australia is an iconic finishing, deportment and model school (established in Melbourne since 1959).
  • Suzan Johnston Australia is the most trusted and respected name in model training.
  • Our hands-on photographic workshops and runway classes will enable you to ‘trial’ modelling in a non-competitive, happy and encouraging learning environment.
  • Model classes are delivered in a relaxed and uniquely friendly learning environment. Your time at Suzan Johnston model school will be the most beautiful, happy, positive learning experience ever!
  • Our model course trainers are highly experienced industry professionals.
  • We offer you ongoing support and personalised direction with your modelling career. Our after-course assistance includes our professional advice regarding the development of your model portfolio, your model potential/suitability and personal referrals to Melbourne’s leading modelling agencies.
  • Our modelling classes are conducted in our modern and attractive training facilities in a central and easily accessible Melbourne city location.
  • Our grooming, deportment and model classes are fun and highly interactive, and include an extensive amount of practical activities to assist with the development and application of new skills and knowledge.
  • Whilst we’ve been around for 62 years, the content of our Finishing and Modelling Course remains modern, current and reflective of industry and/or students’ needs
  • We endeavour to make your time at Suzan Johnston the most enriching, happy, positive learning experience ever – all finishing, deportment and modelling lessons are conducted in an uniquely relaxed, personalised and friendly learning environment to make sure that our students’ individual training needs are respected and valued
  • As a Suzan Johnston graduate you can repeat any of our finishing, deportment and modelling classes again in the future for FREE!
Our Classes in Action (Behind the Scenes)

Finishing and deportment courses include makeup tutorials

Our Photoshoot in Action

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