Alumni

Andy Thomson, Instrument Repairer. Clingan Guitar Tone

What drew you to the art of Guitar Making? It all started when I worked in a guitar store in NSW. Being a drumme, I was actually employed to sell drum sets, but the owner of the business, Phil Haworth, was a very well respected guitar maker and repairer and I would always find myself hanging around the Repairs Bench and not in the Drum Dept. I think I must have annoyed him that much that he asked me to help out with the easy stuff and it went from there. I haven't sold a drum set since. ...

Dimitri Kalagas, Freelance Creative and Art Director

Dimitri’s freelance career as Creative and Art Director has attracted a list of globally recognised clientele, including Adidas, Universal Music, Cadbury Schweppes, Austereo and Jim Beam. The College recognises outstanding achievements made by Alumni who have excelled in their chosen career. Dimitri Kalagas is at the forefront of Australia’s creative industries with a portfolio of work that has attracted international acclaim. His career presents a leading inspiration for our current Folio ...

Gerard Weeks, Draftsman, Sutton Tools

As Draftsman for Sutton Tools, Gerard produces plans and designs for specialised cutting tools, distributed globally.The College recognises outstanding achievements made by Alumni who have excelled in their chosen career. Gerard Weeks is a professional Draftsman for Sutton Tools, a leading global supplier of specialist cutting tools for the automotive, aerospace, marine, transport, construction, surgical, manufacturing and agricultural industries. His career presents a leading inspiration for ...

Giosuè Prochilo , Communication Design Lecturer, Monash University

Giosuè Prochilo  Communication Design Lecturer, Monash University “NCAT is a solid foundation which paves the way into various leading Art & Design tertiary education institutions in Melbourne. The staff and program were excellent and overall the year long program allowed me to enter the Bachelor of Visual Communication at Monash University already with a firm understanding of introductory Art & Design studies, a carefully crafted student folio and a hungry passion for ...

Hailey O'Connor, GRAPHIC DESIGNER & ILLUSTRATOR

CLIENTS INCLUDE... SAMSUNG, HURLEY, BILLABONG, GENERAL PANTS CO, VOLCOM, ALANNAH HILL, AMUSE SOCIETY, NEON CACTUS SWIMWEAR, OZMOSIS, WISH, ISHKA, ONE BY ONE CLOTHING CO, RISE OF DAWN, DEFT DIVISION & GNC LIVEWELL SEEN IN... YEN MAGAZINE, DRUM MEDIA, SEMI-PERMANENT & CURVY ART SHOWS.... FIT TO PRINT @ NO VACANCY 2011 CURVY SYDNEY & MELBOURNE SHOWS 2012 CURVY / SEMI PERMANENT @ CARRIAGE WORKS 2014 DEATH OF AN IMAGE @ OFF THE KERB 2014 FREELANCE ENQUIRIES FOR ILLUSTRATION OR GRAPHIC ...

Holly Rasmussen, Fitter and Turner, Sutton Tools

As a Fitter and Machinist for Sutton Tools, Holly operates specialised Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) equipment for the manufacture of high performance cutting tools, distributed globally.The College recognises outstanding achievements made by Alumni who have excelled in their chosen career. Holly Rassmussen is a qualified Fitter and Machinist for Sutton Tools, a leading global supplier of specialist cutting tools for the automotive, aerospace, marine, transport, construction, surgical, ...

Jolet Ucchino, Fashion designer

Jolet’s self-titled fashion label attracted international acclaim at the 2012 Loreal Melbourne Fashion Festival; her unique designs are predicted to become “some of Australia’s most coveted.”The College recognises outstanding achievements made by Alumni who have excelled in their chosen career. Jolet Ucchino is a burgeoning Australian fashion icon. Her career presents a leading inspiration for our current Folio Preparation students. Jolet’s interest in graphic design and fine art ...

Michael Stapmanns, Mechanical Engineering at Swinburne University

Michael was one of the only students to achieve a perfect score of 50 for his work in VCE Systems Engineering I undertook a Certificate II in Engineering Studies at NCAT and I completed it in 2013. I have gone on to study Mechanical Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology where I was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s scholarship. Thanks to my experience at NCAT I was finally able to decide what direction to take and that engineering was what I wanted to do. My results in this course, ...

Paul Tippett , Freelance Animator / Kyla May Productions

Paul Tippett 2006 Freelance Animator / Kyla May Productions "Fantastic creative atmosphere, fantastic helpful/supportive teachers and just a fantastic course. NCAT  exposes you to all areas of design and art and lets you experiment in other areas that you may never have had a chance to otherwise. This played a huge role in my career, I went in thinking Graphics may be what I want to do and left KNOWING that animation/character design is where I want to be and I never would've ...

Shane Briggs, Luthier

Shane Briggs completed the Certifiacte IV of Instrument Making & Repair in its first year. Shane is now a well repspected Melbourne Luthier. He was recently invited to show his instruments in Berlin at the World Guitar Expo.  How long have you been Guitar Making and what related studies have you completed? I’ve been building for about 6 years. After completing my VCE  I began a one year course in Guitar Making & Repair at NCAT (Northern College of the Arts). It was the ...

Sharni Brear, Freelance Illustrator

Sharni Brear 2011 Freelance Illustrator  "NCAT is an awesome program to do before making any big decisions about committing to a long design course (and paying for it too!) If you're up for a year of working hard but making more pieces of art than you would have in your life, with help from the most genuinely caring staff, then that is what you will get! The difference in your work from February to the end of the year is just mind blowing, it is well worth it! There is no way I ...

Stuart Ford, Freelance Designer London

Stuart Ford  Graphic Designer - Stuart Ford Creative "Ten years ago, when I graduated from high school, it was near-impossible to enter straight into a design-related course. VCE barely allowed the level of specialisation necessary to undertake such tertiary education. NCAT are experts at filling that gap and helping students enter their dream course. Ten years on, I still consider NCAT to be the year where I grew the most as a creative. I look back at my time there with fond ...