Pre-register for our upcoming Information Evening on May 23rd

Northern College of the Arts and Technology are pleased to invite prospective students and their families to our first Information Evening for 2023, taking place on Tuesday 23rd of May at 6:00pm.

The Information Evening will be an opportunity for you to hear from College Principal, Raffaela Galati-Brown as well as joining staff-led tours of our facilities based on your area of interest.

Parking will be available at the college via the Sheila Street entrance.

To receive further details on our Information Evening, you are strongly encouraged to pre-register your interest using the following links –

Registration for Years 10 – 12

Registration for Tertiary Courses


NCAT Photography Tertiary Graduate Exhibition

NCAT Photography students undertaking a Certificate IV and Diploma of Photography and Digital Imaging recently had their Graduate Exhibition entitled ‘Simulacrum’ at No Vacancy Gallery in QV Melbourne. With over 60 artworks on display, students demonstrated their refined print making skills across inkjet, gelatin silver and Type-c prints; the latter two of which were made in a traditional darkroom. It was incredible to see so many friends, family and industry partners on the opening night, with a number of artworks being sold to the public.

This is the fourth year NCAT Photography have exhibited at No Vacancy Gallery.

no vacancy gallery graduate exhibition
NCAT Photography Tertiary Course Certificate IV Diploma Graduate Exhibition No Vacancy

NCAT VCE Theatre Studies Students Perform ‘Fever Dream’ Musical

‘Fever Dream’ a musical theatre revue was performed by Year 11 Theatre Studies students in the NCAT auditorium this week. The performance was a compilation of fun, catchy and upbeat musical theatre songs from Grease, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Matilda to name a few. The songs were woven into a theme of a young woman having a feverish dream. For the performance the students also performed the roles of choreographer, performer, stage hand and stage and sound production.

Congratulations to our talented Year 11 Performance students on an amazing performance!



NCAT Theatre Studies Performance VCE VM
NCAT Theatre Studies Performance VCE VM
NCAT Theatre Studies Performance VCE VM
NCAT Theatre Studies Performance VCE VM
NCAT Theatre Studies Performance VCE VM
NCAT Theatre Studies Performance VCE VM
NCAT Theatre Studies Performance VCE VM
NCAT Theatre Studies Performance VCE VM

Queen’s Jubilee Tree Planting with Ged Kearney

Planting Trees for the Queen’s Jubilee

Earlier this year the Office of the local Federal Member of Parliament, the Hon Ged Kearney, Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Federal Member for Cooper informed NCAT of a Federal Grant Program for the planting of trees to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. The College applied for the grant and as a result  received a grant to plant approximately 100 small to medium sized Australian native trees. The planting of the trees was completed over the September holidays.

Plaque Unveiled by Ged Kearney, Federal Member for Cooper

A plaque to mark the Australian Government’s Tree Planting Program to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II was unveiled on November 3,2022 by the Hon, Ged Kearney.

She said, “This planting benefit the local area with important native flora and offer a lovely tree canopy in the future. I am so pleased to have attended its unveiling and look forward seeing the landscape flourish.”

Benefits for Local Flora and Fauna

The College Principal, Raffaela Galati-Brown, said that with the Queen passing away the Tree Planting project had special significance. “Planting trees, particularly native trees, is vital to our natural environment and helps to address climate change. It is also honours and celebrates the Queen’s life. Our students, our community and our bird and insect life will benefit from the trees for many years to come.”

Martin De Boerr, NCAT Maintenance Coordinator, has counted up to 26 different types of birds at the college. These include the Australian Kestrel, Rainbow Lorikeet, Sacred Kingfisher and the Little Corella. With the increased numbers of trees this number will increase. As the trees grow, they will provide for more nesting opportunities and their flowering will attract more insects and local birds.

The tree planting was done by Summit Landscape Consultants. George Cotsonis, the owner of the company, is also the coach of the Preston Bullants Football Team. His apprentice, Felix Morgan Styant-Brown, is a former NCAT student. Felix enjoys his apprenticeship and studies at Melbourne Polytechnic.

This project received funding from the Australian Government’s Planting Trees for The Queen’s Jubilee Program.

Federal Grant Queen’s Jubilee Ged Kearney
Federal Grant Queen’s Jubilee Ged Kearney

Couchfest 2022

Congratulations to all students, staff, volunteers and performers of this year’s NCAT Couchfest. After running smaller versions over the last two years, NCAT Couchfest was back with the biggest one yet. Originating in 2015, Couchfest is a student-led event showing the incredible talents of our VCE Vocational Major (VM) students across Visual and Performing Arts and General VCE VM.

Performance VCE VM students studying  a Certificate II in Dance or Music or a Certificate III in Music Performance or Sound Production, worked as a production company to plan and organise the music and performance event with over 30 bands, solo acts, dance and theatre performances. The performances wowed the 500 strong audience across a number stages.

Visual Arts Immersion VCE VM students worked tirelessly to create artworks and products for sale at over a dozen student-run market stalls and General VCE VM students ran recycled clothing stall and sustainable cafe.

The well-known food truck Taco Truck sold out all its food. Many past students visited, and it was great for visitors to come and see exactly what NCAT students can do. 




NCAT Engineering Students Work With Banyule Nillumbik Tech School Learning Specialist

Engineering Studies Extension Projects

NCAT is a partner school of the Banyule Nillumbik TECH SCHOOL (BNTS). Although NCAT has an excellent Engineering workshop, the Tech School has some future-focused technologies we do not have. Together with BNTS staff, students can produce very individual engineering studies projects.

With this intention, BNTS Learning Technologist Anthony Gasson recently worked with our trainer Frank and one of our Certificate II Engineering students.

Consequently, our student Salih designed a 1:1 scale chess board with accompanying custom-designed chess pieces. With our trainer working in our workshop and with Anthony working at the Tech School, Salih was able to make his ambitious design. Under Anthony’s guidance, Salih was able use the waterjet-cutter, laser cutter and 3D printers. Over four months Salih used raw, unpolished brass to create his engineering project

Another great engineering studies project was made by Dimitra. After engineering students complete all their standard practical exercises they have the option of making their own engineering project. Dimitra  researched and designed her own toolbox with hand cut metal pieces riveted together by hand. This took over three months and she produced a high quality product of which everyone is very proud.

Both of these students are still in their first year of the Certificate II in Engineering Studies at NCAT. We are looking forward to what they will produce in their second year in 2023.

BNTS and NCAT Value Partnerships

BNTS staff were astounded by the incredible work achieved at NCAT. They are grateful for the support from our Principal Raffaela and staff in establishing and maintaining the partnership. NCAT also values this partnership with Banyule Nillumbik Tech School. We would like to thank Anthony Gasson for sharing his knowledge and skills.

Other Schools Students Can Enrol in NCAT Engineering

Both Salih a student at Mill Park Secondary College and Dimitra a Charles La Trobe College student attend NCAT one half a day per week for two years to complete the Certificate II in Engineering Studies.

Salih hopes to become a mechanical / aerospace engineer in the future. Dimitra is passionate about women in the STEM workforce and aspires to be a mechanical / structural engineer.

Undoubtedly the NCAT Engineering Studies course designed with qualification pathways in mind, gives students the perfect foundation to start them on their journey.

Read more about the NCAT Engineering course we teach – 22470VIC Certificate II in Engineering Studies at NCAT

and here is the link to the VCAA VCE VET Engineering Studies