The College offers a range of short courses for Year 9-12 students, graduates, adult learners and teachers
Year 9 and 10 students enrolled with State-funded or private education providers who demonstrate an interest in technologies can take advantage of our Technology Taster short courses. Year 9 and 10 students interested in the Arts may take advantage of our VET Taster days. The College is also developing short courses for adults & teachers looking to enhance skills, and education delivery, across the arts, trades and technologies disciplines.
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The Northern College of the Arts & Technology runs a series of VET taster programs during the year. Students from schools in the region are able to book into these half day programs which give them an opportunity to learn about their area of interest and see whether they want to pursue them as part of their Year 10, 11 or 12 program.

All of the workshops are hands on with students either making a product they can take away such as a piece of jewellery for Visual Arts or an electronic device for Electrotechnology,  using equipment to complete a task, learning a jazz or hip-hop dance routine,  or in the case of Music: songwriting, performing and recording their song.

For further information, please contact NCAT VET Manager
  • Year 10 Arts Taster
    Students can choose from Music Industry, Creative Industries (Multimedia), Dance, Visual Arts, Musical Instrument Making & Repair (Guitar making)
  • Year 10 Technologies Taster
    Students can choose from Musical Instrument Making & Repair (Guitar making), Automotive, Building & Construction (Carpentry), Electro-technology/Integrated Technologies, Engineering, Furniture Making




    Bon Nardella has been involved in the instrument making and repair industry for over 35 years. In that time he has amassed a vast array of skills in Instrument Making, repair and setup.
    Ten years ago he embarked upon setting up the only nationally recognised guitar making qualification in Australia, (Certificate IV in Musical Instrument Making & Repair), which is based at the Northern College of Arts & Technology in Preston, Melbourne.
    This was set up in conjunction with Maton Australia & Cole Clark Guitars.
    This full time course trains students in all aspects of becoming a professional Luthier.
    After proving an outstanding record of success, Bon is now offering an evening guitar building courses in Electric Guitar, Electric Bass & Acoustic guitars as well as Tenor Ukuleles:
    The program is delivered by the same experienced team that deliver the full time training:
    Benedict Stewart (Acoustic specialist) began his career as an engineer who then worked with Maton and now practices as a professional independent Luthier. Mark Russell, who specialises in Ukuleles adds further support to the team.
    All of the team are experienced qualified teachers.
    * Minimum enrolment age is 15 years

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     The Art of Photography - Mature age entry / Part time

    This unique course is aimed at gaining an understanding of analogue and digital photography. Learn practical and effective approaches to photography with professional photographers.
    This course will give you the expertise you need to foster your passion and develop your career technically and conceptually.

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      NCAT is a Registered Training Organisation. All trainers are industry professionals & qualified to deliver this qualification.
    RTO No 6736.