NCAT Community Open Day

Northern College of the Arts and Technology is hosting a fun, interactive open day to introduce the wider community to the new look NCAT campus and curriculum.
Date: Saturday, 25th of August Time: 10:00 to 3:00pm Venue: NCAT, 62 Murray Road, Preston, (next to Northland Shopping Centre)

What is it all about?

Awesome activities for people of all ages!! Take a tour of the brand new sustainable Technology Training Centre, listen to live bands, see CERES electric car, have a go on the rock climbing wall, or get your picture taken in our wacky photo booth. There will be face painting, trade and art activities, a sausage sizzle, dance performances prizes, raffle and so much more.  

Fix It! Repair Sessions

Fix It! – Have you got items cluttering your home, not sure whether they are beyond repair? The Fix It Repair Session volunteers’ will be on hand to assist you. Repairing is our volunteers’ passion, not necessarily their trade, but if they can’t help you, they can point you in the direction of a professional who can! There will be three themed Fix it! Areas: Stiches- focusing on textiles; Switches - examining appliances; and Splinters – woodworking with hand tools. Map location T13 inside the technology building

Fix It! Bike Repairs

The dedicated volunteers will be on site to assist you with repairing your bike, when you’re done you can park your bike in the solar powered bike shed Map location T11 inside the Technology Building

Robot Races

Come see the NCAT robot race, back the winner and you go into a draw to win an IPAD2!! (winner drawn at main stage at 2pm).  Running Times: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:00 Map location T5 Face painting and Hairspray Come see the creative artists at the face painting marquee, and let them work their magic. Don’t worry, if there is a queue you can grab a cup of coffee and piece of cake whilst you wait.  Map location #7 (next to the café)

Dance Workshops and Performances

Come see the talented NCAT dancers perform, or perhaps join them in a hip hop workshop.  Map location #9 (inside the school hall)

Rock climbing/ Abseiling Wall  (5 yrs old to adult)

Get your muscles moving, and attempt the rock climbing and abseiling wall. If you’re into sports you can also check out the AFL handball competition which will be located next to this. Map location #5 (note: weather permitting)

Green Path of Sustainability

Follow the green path through and around the Technology Training Centre to learn about the sustainable features of this impressive building, there will also be designated tour times with a Daniel from NCAT, our resident sustainability enthusiast (includes tour of the roof if weather permitting). Start the tour at map location #14

QR Code Treasure Hunt

Ever wondered what a QR code is and how they work? Head to the information booth or Career Hub to receive your treasure hunt instructions. Just keep your eyes peeled whilst you’re following the green path of sustainability, hand your form into the information booth/ career hub to receive your prize. Everyone gets a prize, plus a raffle ticket to go into the draw for an iTunes voucher and movies tickets!! (winner will be drawn at 2pm on main stage).

Glider making and competition

The fun glider making activity includes a short tour with Nick (tour starts at map location #11) and includes glider making (map location T15 ) as well as a fun competition to see whose glider goes furthest. (map location T14). Running Times: 10:30, 11:30, 1:00, 2:00

Auto workshops

Want to learn how to change a tyre, or perhaps gain a little understand about what’s under the hood of your car, then come along and say hello to Colin and attend one of his auto workshops for hands on practical advice. Afterwards you can check out an electric car. Map location #13

Prizes to be won

Visit the information booth and career hub and register to win one free day in the NCAT recording studio with our music production specialists. Whilst you’re there you can purchase a raffle ticket, to win one of these great prizes:
  • Fuji Camera
  • Outdoor Wooden Shed/ Cubby House (includes delivery to your house)
  • Dog House
  • Northland Shopping Centre Hamper
  • Double Movie Pass
  • iTunes $25 voucher
  These great prizes will be drawn at 2pm at the main band stage (map location #4)  

Who can attend?

Students, Families, Industry participants, Sustainability enthusiasts… well pretty much anyone! We are so proud of our new look campus and curriculum; we want everyone to see just how special and unique NCAT is.

Open Day Program/Entertainment

  • Photo booth
  • Bicycle repair workshops
  • Rock climbing/ abseiling Wall
  • Automotive workshops
  • Live bands
  • Robot Races
  • Glider making and competition
  • Dance performances and workshops
  • Face painting and hairspray
  • Squiggle Art Competition
  • QR code treasure hunt
  • Guitar making exhibition
  • Raffle prizes
  • Art workshops
  • Tours of the Sustainable Trade and Technologies facility (it has to be seen to be believed)

How to get there

Car: Parking available off Sheila Street, as well as walking access to NCAT from the Northland Shopping Centre and the Preston Homemaker Centre car parks Nearest Train Station: Preston Train Station (South Morang line) transfer to Northland bus - Routes 527 and 903. Rosanna Train Station (Hurstbridge line) – phone Metlink for public transport enquiries on 131 638 Bus Routes: The following buses travel to Northland Shopping Centre.
  • 251 City and Port Melbourne (Garden City) via Thornbury, Northcote, Clifton Hill and Carlton (National)
  • 517 St Helena via Heidelberg Heights, Rosanna, Viewbank, Yallambie and Greensborough (Dysons)
  • 527 Gowrie Railway Station via Preston, Coburg, Pascoe Vale and Hadfield (Ivanhoe)
  • 549 Northland to Ivanhoe Railway Station via Oriel Road Heidelberg West (Ivanhoe)
  • 550 Latrobe University Interchange via Heidelberg West and Heidelberg Heights (Ivanhoe)
  • 555 Epping via High Street Preston, Reservoir, Thomastown and Lalor (Reservoir)
  • 556 Epping via Dalton Road Reservoir, Thomastown and Lalor.
  • 563 Greensborough to Northland via Mill Park and Plenty Road
  • 566 Lalor via Kingsbury, Bundoora, Greensborough and Mill Park (Dysons)
  • 567 To Regent Station via Northland, East Preston then to High Street via Fairfield Station
  • 903 Altona to Mordialloc via Coburg, Preston, Northland, Heidelberg and Doncaster (a new SmartBus service operating more frequently and over longer hours than most other bus routes).
By Bike: You can store your bike at the NCAT solar powered bike shed (located behind the NCAT Trade and Technologies Training Centre near the western service road of Northland Shopping centre (behind Vintage Cellars).