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Pre-register for our upcoming Information Evening on May 14th

Northern College of the Arts and Technology are pleased to invite prospective students and their families to our first Information Evening for 2024, taking place on Tuesday 14th 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.

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 Certificate IV in Design

Registration for Certificate IV in Instrument Making and Repair

Registration for Certificate IV in Music (Performance)

Registration for Certificate IV in Music (Sound Production)

Registration for Diploma of Photography and Digital Imaging

Registration for Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging

Registration for Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Registration for Diploma of Visual Arts (Create)

This information session is primarily for students looking to attend NCAT full time in 2025. While there will be a VET in Schools (VETiS) tour group to show you the college, please see the VET Coordinator at your students’ current school for more information about remaining at home school and attending NCAT for 1 day a week as external student.

Northern College of the Arts and Technology VET Certificate II III IV Information Evening
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Tim Pallas, Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations visits NCAT

On Tuesday October 10th the Victorian State Government Treasurer, the Hon. Tim Pallas and the Member for Preston, Nathan Lambert, visited NCAT. The Treasurer, in his capacity as the Minister for Industrial Relations, had earlier this year signed off on the initial 12-month funding for the Bring It On! Project Worker, Brigitte Reinbold.

The Project supports the NCAT Young Women in Trades and Technology Group who are working with local colleges, companies, unions and employer groups to encourage other young school-age women to consider studies and employment in Trades and Technology.

Bring It On! is the only school-based project of this nature in Victoria and the Treasurer visited NCAT specifically to meet with members of the NCAT Young Women in Trades & Technology Group and their Industry Partners. During his visit the Treasurer listened intently to members of the Young Women in Trades & Technology Group as they explained what they were studying and what industry sector they hoped to work in after they leave school.

The Minister and the College Principal co-signed and presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Industry Team Members which includes New Plumbing Solutions, QA Electrical, Hutchinsons Builders, A&A Cabinet Impressions, Civil Infrastructure Group, the CFMEU, Women in Plumbing Vic and Northern Workwear and Safety. The Minister also witnessed the sign off on a Code of Respectful Conduct developed by Industry Team Members.

In his closing comments, the Minister congratulated the students, industry and community partners and all involved in the Bring It On! Project saying that women have a right to equality of employment in all industry sectors and that a “Woman’s place is where they want it to be”.

Read the full media release from the Hon. Tim Pallas

“Education and training are vital, and so are attitudes in the workplace. Every workplace conversation, policy or action can reinforce or challenge the beliefs and norms that drive inequity.”

– Tim Pallas, Minister for Industrial Relations

“NCAT is an outstanding school that constantly looks for new ways to break down barriers and entrenched ways of thinking about education and careers. We’ll keep backing schools that produce amazing results for their students.”

– Ben Carroll, Minister for Education

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Couch Fest ’23

On September 8th we were proud to run our annual Visual and Performing Arts festival, Couch Fest, which saw Vocational Major students from across the college including Visual Arts, Performance and VM General students plan and coordinate a one night only festival that was attended by over 750 friends, family and members of the public. With the incredible support of their teachers led by the inimitable Alex Tsenalidis, Shelley Scown and Gemma Saunders; Couch Fest ’23 was our most successful Visual and Performing Arts Festival ever.

Music Performance students who had formed bands and choirs throughout the year, performed across three venues: our 300-seat auditorium, the Backyard Jam area and its Tiny House and the Recital Room; all while being supported by the student-led backstage sound production crews.

The Art Immersion students set up stalls to sell work they had produced over the semester. Their products were inspired by an environmental social cause of their choice, with part of the profits going to their chosen charity. Students set up several stalls including the very successful Eco Café which sold numerous coffees, hot chocolates, toasties, and homemade brownies, as well as a clothing and entertainment exchange and jar stall, that aimed to re-purpose and reuse our resources.

VCE Business Studies students ran several other stalls as did some other Arts students. Pre-apprenticeship VM students did a fantastic job directing the parking and ensuring that visitors were able to park quickly, smoothly and safely.

As the title suggested Couchfest was out of this world with over 750 people coming to the event, including several former students whom we were delighted to see and catch up with. A huge congratulations to all the students and staff involved – it was a magnificent effort.

With over 750 friends, family and members of the public in attendance, Couch Fest ’23 was our most successful Visual and Performing Arts Festival ever.

 

Northern College of the Arts and Technology (NCAT) in Preston is a Year 10 – 12 Government School and Registered Training Organisation. RTO Number 6736

NCAT VCE VM Couchfest Visual Performing Arts
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INLLEN Creative Industries Industry Event

In August, NCAT and the creative arts students and staff were excited and proud to host an Creative Arts Industry event which was the culmination of three years work. The Pathways to Creative Industries Project, with Inner Northern LLEN was funded by the Northern Metropolitan Partnership. The idea of the project was to unpack what would help young people who are entering the creative industry sector for the first time.

Over the past 3 years, NCAT Creative Arts students have been participating in the Pathways to Creative Industries Project, a partnership between the Inner Northern LLEN and NCAT, funded by the Northern Metropolitan Partnership.

Students enrolled in Visual Arts & Design, Photography and Music courses actively participated in both the design and the implementation of their exploration of how transition from school to work operates in the Creative Industries.

Students investigated employment and enterprise opportunities in their field by connecting with creative practitioners to explore how employment functions and the kinds of support that help people move into the industry.  They asked over 50 industry professionals in online interviews about their pathways to work.

At the event NCAT students from Year 12 Art Immersion, Year 12 Music and Certificate IV in Visual Arts students presented their findings from the online interviews. Industry panellists from the Visual and Performing Arts Industries spoke about how they started out in their field, as well as invaluable insights into possible pathways into the creative industries.

Additional industry speakers spoke answered industry specific questions in breakout rooms relevant to the four areas.

Nathan Lambert, Labor state MP representing Preston and Reservoir, opened the event with an inspiring speech on the importance of the arts to the local community.

It was a valuable opportunity for students and teachers alike to meet and talk with working creatives who were so generous with their time, advice and support of younger students wanting to enter the industry.

A big thank you to each of the industry professionals listed below who generously donated their time to the project, as well as the 250 students from local schools who joined us on the day.

 

Screen & Media
Mark Bonanno
Cassie Walker
Jay Wingate
Deb Herman

Music
James Lloyd-Wyatt
Grace Robinson
Cameron Muncey

Photography
Jess Apap
Taree Mackenzie
Caitlin O’Grady

Visual Arts & Design
Rosie Turner
Richard Morden
Nour Abdullatif
Frances Cannon

INLLEN Pathways to creative industries NCAT Visual Performing Arts
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Bring It On! Young Women in the Trades and Technology at NCAT

In August we had the incredible pleasure of hosting ‘Bring It On!’. The evening event was organised and hosted by some our female pre- apprenticeship students who are a part of the NCAT Young Women in Trades & Technology group.

We were very fortunate to have the following organisations participate as industry hosts on the night:

CFMEU
Hutchinson Builders
New Plumbing Solutions
A&A Cabinets Impressions Group
QA Electrical
Women in Plumbing

Young women in Years 9, 10 and 11 from local schools, heard from and met qualified tradeswomen from Building and Construction, Electrotechnology, Plumbing and Furniture Making. They also heard from the local employers, union and employee organisations.

The event helped the students and their parents define their study options for the next few years and to increase their knowledge of pathways after school. Parents of some of the apprentices and pre- apprentice student spoke of their decision making journey and how their daughters were benefiting from the experiences.

 

TRADES FIT: Young Women In Trades and Tech Expo

The NCAT Young Women in the Trades and Technology Group represented the college in May at the Trades Fit: Young Women in Trades and Tech Expo. It was attended by 2,493 female and non-binary students. Hosted by the Department of Education at the Melbourne Convention Centre, the expo gave female and non-binary students to gain an insight into exciting career opportunities in traditionally male-dominated fields, through practical learning experiences, technology displays, information sessions and panel discussions.

A big thank you each member of the NCAT Young Women in the Trades and Technology Group for their tireless work and enthusiasm throughout the year.

 

Read more about our  Trades & Technology areas.

 

Northern College of the Arts and Technology (NCAT) is a Year 10 – 12 Government Secondary School specialising  in the Arts and Technology. We are a Registered Training Organisation (RTO Number 6736). NCAT is on Murray Road, Preston.

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VCE Student a Superstar in the Making

Year 11 VCE student, Hope, is making a name for herself in the Music Industry in leaps and bounds. Hope has been cast in this year’s Victorian State School Spectacular as a principal vocalist and has appeared in promotional material and interviews about the event.

In addition, Hope was asked to perform the Australian National Anthem at this years ANZAC Day State Luncheon which is an incredible honour. As a result of her performance, she was asked by the Victorian Shrine of Remembrance to professionally record the Australian National Anthem. This recording is now played in ‘The Sanctuary’ at the Shrine once a month during their services, which occur over 200 times a year.

We wish Hope all the best as she pursues her passion in singing and performing!

Hope is currently studying a Certificate III in Music (Performance) at NCAT.

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‘Love and Information’ by Caryl Churchill – A VCE Theatre Studies Production

Toward the end of Term 2, the Year 12 Theatre Studies class presented their Unit 3 performance, ‘Love and Information’ by Caryl Churchill. The play was a brilliant, unique piece of theatre. Stretching the boundaries of performance, ‘Love and Information’ weaves together the stories of hundreds of characters to create a kaleidoscope of tantalising vignettes, as vibrant characters search for meaning in their lives.

NCAT Theatre Studies Performance VCE

“The Year 12 Theatre Studies class was amazing to work with. They are dedicated, collaborative, hardworking and talented. It was a pleasure putting together this production with them, and they produced a unique, witty, surprising performance – a true crowd pleaser”! – Phoebe Witts, Year 12 Theatre Studies Teacher

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Make-Up

The SHB30221 Certificate III in Make-Up targets students who have an interest in make-up and would like to work in the industry.

This qualification reflects the role of individuals employed as make-up artists to design and apply makeup for a range of purposes and occasions across the beauty, fashion, media and entertainment industries. Skills are developed for work in make-up studios/salons, fashion, retail cosmetic counters, fashion and media sets, and photography studios.

Make-Up enables you to:

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Design and apply creative make-up

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Apply eyelash extensions and airbrushed make-up

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Provide salon services to clients

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Work collaboratively on make-up productions

NCAT VCE VM VET in Schools SHB30221 Certificate III in Make-Up
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Level(s)
Qualification(s)

Course Structure

This qualification reflects the role of individuals employed as make-up artists to design and apply makeup for a range of purposes and occasions across the beauty, fashion, media and entertainment industries. Skills are developed for work in make-up studios/salons, fashion, retail cosmetic counters, fashion and media sets, and photography studios.

COURSE DELIVERY
Training is over two years for a half a day a week, allowing time for developing the skills and knowledge required for the course.

Two compulsory holiday blocks of training, one in Year 1 and one in Year 2 is compulsory to attend to be able complete the course requirements.

Students are given homework including holiday homework and they practice makeup application on family and friends. They complete consultation forms and take before and after photos. This amounts to 40 extra hours.

Activities & Tasks

The Units of Competency delivered are

Units 1 & 2
SHBBMUP009 Design and apply make-up
SHBBMUP013 Design and apply creative make-up
SHBBRES003 Research and apply beauty industry information
SHBXIND003 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SHBXWHS003 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
SHBBCCS005 Advise on beauty products and services
SHBBFAS004 Provide lash and brow services

Year 2 Units 3 & 4
SHBXCCS008 Provide salon services to clients
SIRXOSM002 Maintain ethical and professional standards when using social media and online platforms
HLTINF005 Maintain infection prevention for skin penetration treatments
SHBBMUP008 Apply eyelash extensions
SHBBMUP012 Apply airbrushed make-up
SHBBMUP014 Work collaboratively on make-up productions
SIRRMER001 Produce visual merchandise displays
SHBBMUP010 Design and apply make-up for photography

The list gives an idea of the range of activities.

Assessment

The assessment methods for the course include:
• Practical observations including observing role plays
• Short answer questioning
• Written work for a research assignment
• Portfolio of work for design and apply creative make up.
Students receive informal feedback from the teacher in class time

If all course requirements are met, students receive their certificate at the end of the course.
The assessment of overall competence at this certificate level is undertaken by a qualified assessor and competence is judged using the criteria stated in the qualification.
Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

There are no entry requirements for this course. If you have any individual needs please contact the college to discuss these needs.

Study and Vocational Pathways

The Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy and the Diploma of Beauty Therapy are suitable courses to undertake after completing this certificate III.

With additional training, opportunities include work as a Make-up artists (fashion, beauty, photography and freelance), Beauty Therapists, Make-Up Consultant in a department store or pharmacy and Cosmetic or Beauty Equipment Sales representative.

Application Process

Internal NCAT students make a written application, are interviewed to confirm student choice of course and other subjects. Prior to entry the opportunity is provided to tour the school to see the facilities and there is ample opportunity for students and parents to ask questions about the course. Students must be able to produce their latest two semester reports and show they are working well.

External student entry is managed by the home schools with the VET School coordinators and the NCAT VET Coordinator. A Northern Melbourne VET Cluster portal is used for the application.

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VCE VM Students Volunteer at FareShare

The General VCE VM students recently volunteered at FareShare. The experience they claim has been nothing short of transformative and fulfilling. Working with FareShare allowed them to contribute to a great cause but has also given them a deeper understanding of the importance of community, food security, and waste reduction.

From the moment they stepped into the FareShare facility, they were greeted by a warm and welcoming team of staff and volunteers. Their passion for the organisation’s mission was contagious. It motivated students to make the most of their time as volunteers. The sense of camaraderie among the volunteers was incredible. They all shared a common goal and worked together seamlessly to achieve it.

One of the best aspects of volunteering at FareShare was knowing every task the students undertook had a positive impact on the lives of people in need. Sorting and redistributing surplus food to charities and community groups helps to reduce food waste and provides nutritious meals for those who may otherwise go hungry. The students prepared vegetables used for over 500 meals and packaged 480 meals to be delivered.

Students learnt about the complexities of food insecurity and its impact on various people. Volunteering at FareShare exposed students to the harsh realities faced by many people in our community.

Students were incredibly grateful for the opportunity to volunteer at FareShare and to be a part of this amazing organization.

NCAT VCE VM Volunteering Fareshare

“Volunteering at FareShare really opened my eyes on how many people need food during this living crisis and that some of the people requiring food were Uni students. It showed how much the cost of living is affecting Australians and how little some people have” – Josh 

 

“Visiting FareShare made me realise just how easy we will waste food without stopping to realise how it can still be used wherever that may be using food that isn’t 100% fresh but still edible” – Oscar

 

“It made me feel productive and good. The whole time I knew that I was helping people in need and that made me enjoy the experience more. I also liked doing it with friends” – Liam

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NCAT Work Experience and Structured Workplace Learning Program

At the end of Term 2 over 180 of our Year 10 and VCE VM students participated in our Work Experience and Structured Workplace Learning Program. Our students stepped outside the classroom and immersed themselves in real-world work environments. They gained invaluable skills and insights that will help their career planning.

The feedback we received from both our students and the employers has been overwhelmingly positive. Our students approached their placements with enthusiasm, eagerness, and a commitment to learning. They made a lasting impression on their supervisors. Some of our students were offered apprenticeships and part time work.

During their placements, students had the chance to develop a diverse range of skills relevant to their career interests. From problem-solving and communication to time management and teamwork, they were able to put their classroom learning into practice. They learnt about the essential skills required to thrive in the professional world.

We would like to thank the organisations and businesses that welcomed, supported and mentored our students throughout their placements. We are proud of our students for their outstanding representation of as NCAT students. Their commitment and enthusiasm showcased the true essence of our school community.

Our students return to the classroom with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Importantly, these work experiences help shape their future study and career choices.

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Applied Fashion Design & Technology

Explore the world of fashion and textiles with our two-year applied fashion design program. Make your own clothing and accessories. Visit fashion studios and businesses and meet with fashion industry professionals. You don’t need any experience to join this course, only a love of fashion and a desire to learn what it takes to move into the fashion industry.

Students will learn about contemporary design processes, garment construction and fibre and fabrics. They will learn to use a standard sewing machine and overlocking machines. The course covers work health and safety in the fashion industry, working in a team, communication skills for design and designing for real life and high fashion. The course develops skills in ‘design thinking’ and creativity suitable for a range of design study pathways.

Over two years students learn fashion design processes and garment construction, basic pattern making and about fashion sustainability. Sustainability is at the core of the NCAT Applied Fashion program and students will graduate with fashion skills for the twenty first century.

The Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology is subject to change for the 2024 program and will be the updated qualification.

Applied Fashion Design & Technology enables you to:

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Learn about contemporary design processes, garment construction and fibre and fabrics.

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Develop technical skills using sewing and overlocking machines.

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Collaborate on production projects, as well as work individually to develop creative responses to clothing from idea to wearable outcomes.

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Visit fashion studios and businesses and meet with fashion industry professionals.

Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design & Technology VCE VM VET in schools

See aspects of the fashion industry up close on excursions and meet with fashion designers currently working in the industry.

Course Structure

The Certificate II in Applied Fashion and Technology at NCAT allows students with an interest in fashion design and construction to design and make their own garments and build an entry level understanding of the fashion and textiles industry. It includes skills in the design and production of garments and millinery, and the development of unique fashion and textile designs.

Activities & Tasks

Students will learn about the fashion industry including understanding the importance of sustainability, how to operate sewing machines and undertake key processes in fashion design including developing fabric and fibre knowledge, pattern making and how to work in a team to undertake to create garments and apparel. Student will work collaboratively on production projects, as well as work individually to develop their own creative responses to clothing from idea to wearable outcomes. Students will see aspects of the fashion industry up close through excursions and meet with fashion designers currently
working in the industry.

Assessment

Students receive informal feedback from the teacher during the year in class time and are formally assessed at end of semester evaluation interviews. Assessment is based on submission of set tasks. If all course requirements are met, students receive their certificate at the end of the course.
The assessment of overall competence at this certificate level is undertaken by a qualified assessor and competence is judged using the criteria stated in the qualification.
Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

There are no entry requirements for this course. If you have any individual needs please contact the college to discuss these needs.

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Creative Enterprise in Visual Arts Immersion VCE VM

Creative Enterprise is a core part of the Visual Arts Immersion VCE VM curriculum, where students learn the business and manufacturing skills needed to turn their creative work into small businesses.

In Year 11, the focus is on becoming familiar with the design thinking process through a series of skills building masterclasses. This year the students have had opportunities to learn from design experts at Banyule Nillumbik Tech School to create digital images for laser cut and 3D print manufacturing.

They also travelled to Troppo Print Studio in Brunswick to learn the art of screen printing with artists Matt Feder and Sarah Murphy. You can see some of the amazing merch they created in the photos, not to mention the smiles! Next up, students will have the opportunity to learn to make silicone moulds with scientist and jeweller, Jamie Mumford.

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Visiting NCAT Guitar Making Graduates at Maton

End of Year Visit to Maton to Visit Course Graduates

Our NCAT Guitar Making Course trainer Bon Nardella, regularly visits our two main industry partners. Recently Bon visited Maton Guitars to have chat with our ex Guitar Making graduates.

NCAT Guitar Making Course Graduates at Maton

Atsu came from Japan where he worked in the retail guitar industry. In Australia, he started to design his own guitars. He met luthier David Searle from DJS Guitars  and began making electric guitars with him.

Because Atsu wanted to learn how to design guitars, make templates, choose materials and about current design software David recommended the NCAT Guitar Making course.

After his work placement at Maton he asked the head of painting and finishing if he could be trained in this area. He completed the NCAT course and went to work at Maton. Atsu worked across all of the factory work stations and then worked in the painting area.  Atsu now oversees Maton’s paint shop and the final finishing. On Bon’s recent visit  Atsu said “My dream has come true.”

certificate IV instrument making and repair course guitar luthier maton cole clark
certificate IV instrument making and repair course guitar luthier maton cole clark

Many Maton and Cole Clark Workers Complete the Certificate IV in Musical Instrument Making

Ex NCAT Guitar Making Course student Jordan, had tried a few different work industries. He didn’t want to work at Maton. He thought working in the factory and being around guitars all day would kill his passion for guitars.

Thank goodness Jordan did his work experience at Maton. He discovered Maton was the place he did want to be. Jordan found his tribe – people passionate about guitars. The workers talk guitars, make guitars and then play guitars on the weekend.

Many of the workers at both factories, Maton and Cole Clark are graduates from the nationally accredited  Certificate IV Musical Instrument Making and Repair course at NCAT.

Hayley works in the guitar set up room. Here she is finishes off guitars. She installs the final components, tunes machine heads and strings and adjusts the playing action. Then the guitars are shipped to Australian retailers and overseas distributors. When we interviewed Hayley before she enrolled in the NCAT Guitar Making Course she had already identified that she wanted to do this.

Although Hayley wanted to work in a particular department, in the NCAT course she learnt how to make an electric and acoustic guitars, and guitar set up and repair guitars as all NCAT Certificate IV in Musical Instrument Making and Repair students do.

certificate IV instrument making and repair course student guitar luthier maton cole clark
certificate IV instrument making and repair course guitar luthier maton cole clark

Structured Work Placement at Maton and Cole Clark Factories

Both Adam and Toby pictured, were 2022 students at NCAT in Preston and are now NCAT Guitar Making Course Graduates. They did work placement for one week at Maton and one week at Cole Clark as do all our students.

The Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) Program ran as part of the NCAT course. This experience helps NCAT students and the guitar making factories Maton and Cole Clark. NCAT is grateful for the Certificate IV Musical Instrument making students opportunity to learn from the factory experience. The time at the factories helps students decide their next step after the course.

For NCAT Guitar Making students coming straight from school the SWL helps them understand the factory workplace. What students learn in the NCAT Guitar Making workshops reinforces what students learn in the work place and vice versa.

Victoria has Australia’s two premium instrument making factories. There are opportunities for direct employment from our NCAT Guitar Making Course into Cole Clark and Maton. The course was designed for this purpose with both factories represented on the steering committee for the 22564VIC Certificate IV in Musical Instrument Making and Repair.  With this end in mind the students tour both Melbourne guitar making factories in term one of the NCAT course. The Structured Workplace Learning program is organised during term holiday breaks.

 

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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
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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
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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
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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. 

 

 

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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

 

 

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NEWSLETTER NO.4 2022

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Integrated Technologies VET Student receives Premier’s VCE Award

Premier’s VCE Award

Xavier Cohen, a student undertaking a 22586VIC Certificate II in Integrated Technologies at NCAT has recently won a prestigious Premier’s VCE Award for his studies after achieving a study score of 48 and the highest in the state. This is the second time an NCAT student enrolled in 22586VIC Certificate II in Integrated Technologies has received the Premier’s VCE award after Joshua Redolfi previously won in 2017. In total we have had 12 students achieve a study score of 40 or higher since we started the VET qualification. 

Top Designs 2022

Xavier, as well as Natasha Murthy, another student enrolled in VCE VET Integrated Technologies also had their projects displayed in this year’s Top Designs exhibition at the Melbourne Museum.

NCAT celebrates their success and encourages students with an interest in electronics, computer networking, robotics and automation industries to consider enrolling in our 22586VIC Certificate II in Integrated Technologies.

Komatsu Australia visits NCAT

Tim Roberts, Technology Solutions Trainer at Komatsu Australia recently visited NCAT to speak to our Integrated Technologies students about intelligent machine control and automation. Our students learnt about how large earthmoving equipment can now be controlled in the lounge room of your home using Virtual Reality (VR) headsets and hand controllers.

Tim also spoke about careers, industry and training pathways and was impressed with what our students were learning and saw first-hand the progress they’d made on their own automation projects. NCAT and Komatsu have now formed a partnership around the delivery of the Integrated Technologies qualification and this reinforces how closely NCAT works with industry partners to deliver industry relevant training that maxamizes students employability skills.

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Automotive Technology

Get your hands dirty while learning everything that happens under the bonnet of car and makes them run. Work with cars and start your career in the auto industry buy completing the Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation. Explore career options in the auto industry. Learn how to repair or replace key components of the car so you are job ready by the time you finish the course.

You will be doing all these things in a simulated workplace, but you will also learn to write and talk about them when trying to impress a prospective employer to gain an apprenticeship.

Early career starts are available for VCE and VCE VM students seeking a career in automotive technology. Students can integrate a VET certificate in automotive technology within a VCE or VCE VM syllabus. Practical exercises include removing and replacing cylinder head gaskets, carrying out basic electrical repairs, removing and replacing radiators, repairs to cooling systems, repairs and working on brakes, changing the clutch on a car, removing and refitting transmissions, changing front and rear springs, plus learning many basics and fundamentals of motor vehicle repair and service operation.

Automotive Technology enables you to:

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Remove, repair, or replace car parts.

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Troubleshoot issues and find a solution.

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Work with both mechanical and electrical systems.

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Change wheels and tyres.

The automotive trade is in high demand nationwide. Recent years have seen a shift in industry demand. NCAT has worked closely with the automotive industry and local employers to meet their training needs. A purpose-built automotive workshop encourages sustainable practices; state-of-the-art equipment and a practical, project-based curriculum simulate real world scenarios for hands-on student learning.

TestimonialsMitchell Seath (Automotive Pre-apprenticeship Student)

“I've grown since I've been here. I’m more confident and career-focused and generally happier because I actually see myself going somewhere.”

TestimonialsMitchell Seath (Automotive Pre-apprenticeship Student)

“I was considering it for a year and a half and now I don't know what took me so long. Don’t look back and just do it; honestly, it's changed my life.”

TestimonialsMitchell Seath (Automotive Pre-apprenticeship Student)

“I have a real passion for cars. We learn basic mechanics including the brakes, head gaskets and engines. We learn how to repair all cars.”

TestimonialsMitchell Seath (Automotive Technology Student)

“We do have work experience coming up of which I’ll be going to a local workshop to spend two weeks there - I'll basically be an apprentice during that time.”

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NCAT Automotive Vocational Preparation workshop
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Course Structure

The Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation provides students with knowledge, skills and competency to increase their employment prospects and future training pathways in the automotive industry. Students receive a nationally recognised certificate and the course helps them make an informed choice entering the automotive industry. This Pre-apprenticeship level course covers competencies at work entry level including basic safety and basic skills and knowledge for work in the automotive sector.

Activities & Tasks

During the course students perform a large variety of the basic repairs employers ask an auto apprentice to carry out.

The course is very hands on but there is some theory and written work for the knowledge component of the qualification. How to complete various types of workplace documentation and how to apply safe work practices are covered.

Assessment

Practical repairs and maintenance tasks assessed by observation and questioning, and written tasks are all assessed using set criteria. Students are given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency. Students are required to undertake a minimum of 80 hours of Structured Workplace Learning.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

It is recommended students have a minimum achievement level of Year 10 Maths and English or equivalent and an aptitude for practical work. If you have any individual needs please contact the college to discuss.

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Dance

Refine your dance technique across a range of styles while making a contribution to your ATAR. Take your first steps towards being a professional performer or dance teacher with the Certificate II in Dance. Participate in a range of workshops and learn from industry professionals in the styles of jazz and contemporary. You will develop a strong work ethic you are prepared for the industry.

A career in dance is possible as a performer, manager or dance teacher. Students can integrate a VET certificate in Dance within a VCE or VCAL syllabus. Students can also study VCE Dance.

Progressing from basic dance skills to specialising in a range of contemporary dance styles, explore rehearsal techniques, performances, choreography and manage all aspects of a professional dancer’s career. Learn to look after your body, work as a team and manage large events. Become an integral member of an award winning dance team.

Dance enables you to:

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Perform and choreograph different dance pieces.

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Build your network in the dance industry.

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Source and apply entertainment industry knowledge.

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Prepare for a career as a dance teacher, professional dancer, or choreographer.

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Beyond live performances, dancers can gain employment across several industries as event managers, teachers or choreographers. NCAT consults with industry and government reference groups to keep abreast of changes and emerging employment skills in contemporary dance and entertainment. Our facilities include two fully equipped dance studios.

TestimonialsJayden Lal (Dance Student)

“First, I want to go to Uni and get my degree and be a teacher, but also I wanted to become a professional dancer in the industry.”

TestimonialsJayden Lal (Dance Student)

“I've grown as a Dancer and as a person. It helps with everyday life, it helps me to become a better person.”

TestimonialsJayden Lal (Dance Student)

“We have amazing sprung floors and you have a ballet barre and mirrors that every studio has.”

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Certificate II in Dance Certificate III in Dance NCAT Dance VCE Dance VET in Schools Dance
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Course Structure

The Certificate II in Dance enables students to develop knowledge and skills to participate in a variety of dance routine roles. It provides fundamental skills in a number of specialised dance disciplines. This is also a VCE VET subject and students gain a scored assessment for their ATAR as one of their primary four scaled studies or a 10% contribution to their ATAR score.

Activities & Tasks

Tasks to cover the training package content may include: dance styles learnt Jazz and Contemporary; performances, competitions and showcases; theory classes.

Assessment

Assessments involves a variety of methods including short answer oral and written questions, performances, responses to scenarios, and observation in class. The assessment of overall competence at this certificate level will be undertaken by a qualified assessor and competence judged using set criteria in the qualification. All training resources will be provided upon payment and enrolment.

Students undertaking scored assessment are required to complete set coursework tasks and a performance examination.

Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

Students enrolling in Certificate II in Dance must be physically able to undertake the qualification. They need the basic literacy and numeracy skills required to undertake a certificate level qualification. Students must attend an audition.

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Building & Construction

Early career starts are available for VCE and VCE VM students seeking a career in Building and Construction. Students can integrate a VET Certificate II in Building and Construction within a VCE or VCE VM syllabus.

Using a combination of laser levels and electronic tape measures, learn how to survey a block of land to set out an L-shaped house. Develop planning interpretation skills. Construct small-scale subflooring, wall frames, roof trusses and wall cladding. Understand how current OHS regulations are applied to the safe operation of power tools and hand equipment.

Building & Construction enables you to:

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Use hand and power tool skills for various carpentry team and individual projects.

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Work safely in the construction environments.

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Build your skills in concepts, theory and terminology.

The building and construction trade is in high-demand nationwide. Qualified tradesmen are in short supply. Recent years have seen a shift in industry and consumer demand for sustainable building and construction practices, along with advances in Occupational Health and Safety requirements. The Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship students learn skills that make them great candidates for entry into an apprenticeship.

 

TestimonialsDaniel Knott (Head of Department, Technology)

“That's our objective, that young people enjoy their education and then they enjoy their occupation afterwards because whatever they enjoy, whatever they love they're going to be successful.”

TestimonialsTamika Brownfield (Building & Construction Student)

“Before we do any sort of work we always just study the type of tool that we're using, including the risk that it can have.”

TestimonialsTamika Brownfield (Building & Construction Student)

“Not many females really do it and I’ve loved building things ever since I was younger.”

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Course Structure

This course is a partial completion of 22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship (Carpentry) with 8 core units related to the building industry and 12 elective units introducing carpentry. It covers basic knowledge in safety and basic carpentry and building skills to prepare students for work in the building trades.

All new first year enrolments for Building and Construction in 2024 will be for the new 22614VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship (Carpentry) unless we receive advice otherwise from the VCAA.

Activities & Tasks

During the course, students will be able to activities and tasks that may include: basic building concepts, theory and terminology; using hand and power tool skills for various carpentry team and individual projects; timber construction projects eg.saw horses, dog house & small portable or fixed dwelling; working safely in the construction industry; calculations for the building industry; levelling; first aid.

Assessment

Practical project work assessed by observation and questioning, and written tasks are all assessed using set criteria. Students are required to undertake a minimum of 80 hours of Structured Workplace Learning.

Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

A minimum sound achievement of Year 10 Maths and English or equivalent and an aptitude for practical work is recommended. If you have individual needs please contact the college.

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Create

This unique part-time visual art course is designed to expand your creative skills through art studio practices, drawing, digital imaging and contemporary art practices.

NCAT Create’s trainers are all practising creative professionals. Through practical workshops and mentoring, they will provide advice and support to encourage you as an emerging artist. This is a two-year part-time Diploma of Visual Arts for adults seeking creative direction in the creative industries.

Create enables you to:

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Adults looking to explore and expand their creative skills for a possible career change.

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Artists, designers and craftspeople looking to update or extend their current creative skills.

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Adults who cannot currently commit to studying full-time.

NCAT Create’s trainers are all practising creative professionals. Through practical workshops and mentoring, they will provide advice and support to encourage you as an emerging artist. This is a two-year part-time Diploma of Visual Arts for adults seeking creative direction in the creative industries.

TestimonialsLisa Shannon (Create Student)

“The NCAT Create course was a life-changing experience for me. A supportive learning environment, with staff who are professional and encouraging. If you are considering undertaking a Visual Arts course, I can highly recommend the Create course at NCAT, it is fantastic!”

TestimonialsJess Buckley (Create Student)

“I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and all of the staff for everything you have done for us in the Create course. I feel a bit emotional writing this, as it has really been the best thing I HAVE EVER DONE! I can't believe how unbelievably patient and helpful you and all the teaching staff have been. It has been incredible. And let's be honest- we are not the easiest bunch to teach!”

TestimonialsValentina Maxwell Tansley (Create Student)

“Studying the Create course at NCAT was amazing. I learnt so much and felt inspired and supported by every staff member. I have no hesitation in recommending NCAT Create as a stepping stone for anyone interested in pursuing a career in the visual arts.”

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NCAT Diploma Visual Arts student life drawing
NCAT Diploma Visual Arts Drawing student life drawing
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Tertiary

Course Structure

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who combine specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to plan and realise a body of work in one or more art forms. Practice at this level is underpinned by application of arts theory and history and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. Discourse around complex ideas is also required. Visual Artists may work in their own practice or in a range of contexts across the arts, government, community or commercial organisations.

You can read more about our Online Service Standards, relating to the Online and Remote Delivery of Training and Assessment.

VET Student Loans are available for this course to eligible students. The VET Student Loan will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements.

After eligible students opt in and apply for a VET Student Loan the government contacts you to verify the enrolment. Enrolled students must notify NCAT of any change of contact details.

Note: A VET Student Loan becomes a personal debt due to the Commonwealth. It is a debt until it is repaid. The loan may, until the debt is repaid, reduce a student's take home (after-tax) wage or salary and may reduce the student's borrowing capacity. A student may wish to seek independent financial advice before applying for a loan.

Check your eligibility for a VET Student Loan

VET Student Loans are managed federally through the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations and the links below have information for prospective students wanting to access the loan.


You may be eligible to apply for a capped loan under the Australian Government's VET Student Loans scheme. Detailed information about the VET Student Loan at NCAT.

Check your eligibility for a VET Student Loan.


This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Activities & Tasks

The course consists of visual arts based practical, theory and workshop sessions. Units of competency are delivered within subjects. Activities involve the submission of art projects, participation in group discussions, critiques and a review of the art portfolios produced. Other tasks include attendance and participation in: practical workshops, demonstrations, presentations, exhibition/gallery visits, creating an online website, self-evaluation exercises and questionnaires. Learning and assessment takes place in a professional, structured studio-based environment in a variety of contexts using a range of strategies to meet different learner needs.

Assessment

Assessment tasks are designed to be flexible and relevant to emerging artists and include, portfolio of evidence, direct observation of set tasks, knowledge-based self-assessment and testing of practical knowledge through set art projects. Learning and assessment are integrated, with assessment evidence being collected and feedback provided to the student regularly throughout the process.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

Candidates need technical and organisational skills to conceptualise and create art works in selected media. These skills may have been acquired through creative practice or through formal study. Students must compete a LLN test and be assessed competent at exit Level 3. Students must show a desire for genuine pathway based outcomes from the course. Students must hold a current Working With Children Check.

Fees

You can read more about our Fees

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Electrotechnology

Prepare yourself to gain an apprenticeship or employment by completing a range of project-based tasks. Work in a realistic simulated environment to give you the skills and knowledge, thereby giving you an advantage to get an offer for an apprenticeship; learn to use basic hand and power tools and read circuit diagrams, take electrical measurements and perform electrical calculations. Undertake theoretical and practical tasks linked directly to work done by electricians and technicians.


The electrotechnology trade is in high demand. Recent years have seen a shift in industry and consumer demand for sustainable energy, producing a need for skilled workers across electrical, data communications and similar electrotechnology related fields. NCAT Certificate II in Electrotechnology trainers consult with industry and government reference groups to ensure our curriculum remains consistent with emerging trends. A practical project-based curriculum simulates real world scenarios for hands-on student learning. Students benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and purpose built facilities that demonstrate sustainable practices.

Electrotechnology enables you to:

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Put electrical/electronic theory into practice via projects.

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Conduct safety testing of electrical cord connected equipment.

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Carry out basic network cabling.

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Solve problems in ELV single path circuits.

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Fix and secure Electrotechnology equipment.

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Use a range of hand and power tools.

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Practice wiring and basic installation skills.

Learn to read circuit diagrams. Build electrical devices. Explore alternative energy generation and storage. Work with NCAT ’s wind turbines and solar panel farm.

TestimonialsCarina Gauci (Electrotechnology Student)

“I'm studying to be an electrician. A lot of people would think, “Oh you're a girl, you can't do that.” but then when I show them that I can do it, they second-guess themselves.”

TestimonialsDaniel Knott (Head of Department, Technology)

“It’s our objective, that young people enjoy their education. Then they enjoy their occupation afterwards because whatever they enjoy, whatever they love, they're going to be successful.”

TestimonialsCarina Gauci (Electrotechnology Student)

“I'm studying to be an Electrician and then on Wednesdays, I'm doing an art course. It's both things that I’m really passionate about.”

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NCAT's Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Pre-vocational) workshop
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Course Structure

The 22499VIC Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Pre-vocational) prepares students to gain an apprenticeship or other employment in the electrotechnology industry. It covers the fundamentals of electrical, telecommunication, refrigeration and air conditioning systems as well as workshop experience in fabrication and assembly techniques, wiring, cabling, basic installation skills and use of test equipment. Workplace safety and first aid training are also included.

It provides an overview of the industry, employment opportunities and training pathways. The training is mainly project based and gives industry relevant hands-on experience in a realistic simulated environment. The course gives you the basic skills to make you job ready. You will learn to use basic hand and power tools and equipment an electrician/technician uses and how to read circuit diagrams, take electrical measurements and perform electrical calculations.

Activities & Tasks

The theoretical and practical training is linked directly to the work electrotechnology related technicians undertake. The course includes: basic electrical/electronic theory; renewable energy concepts and projects (solar and wind); electricmotor theory and practice (motor control); data and network cabling; testing instruments; air-conditioning basics.

Assesment

A combination of project based practical tasks and job briefs assessed by observation and questioning and written tasks and theory tests are all assessed using set criteria. Students are given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency. Students are required to undertake a minimum of 80 hours of Structured Workplace Learning.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

It is recommended students have a minimum sound achievement of Year 10 Maths and English or equivalent and an aptitude for practical work. If you have any individual needs, please contact us to discuss these.

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Engineering Studies

Immerse yourself in a project based, hands on course in engineering. Start your career in an area which has so many specialties for you to choose from.

Balance the design and planning elements with learning how to use industry standard tools in a purpose-built engineering workshop created for this exact purpose. Manage engineering based projects, undertake processes and learn the industry you are about to enter, inside and out.

Early career starts are available for VCE and VCE VM students seeking a career in engineering. Students can integrate a VET Certificate II in Engineering within a VCE or VCAL syllabus. Develop skills in machining, fabrication and the safe use of power tools. Use computer controlled lathes (CNC), lasers, and computer aided drafting (CAD) to create projects and your own equipment for use in the trade. A major project is completed at the end of the units 3+ 4.

You can read about two NCAT student Certificate II Engineering projects completed here.

Engineering Studies enables you to:

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Develop the skills to work with a range of equipment and tools.

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Produce engineering components.

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Undertake a major product and document the process.

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Make vice soft jaws, a sheet metal tool caddy, centre punch, soft face mallet or an engineer’s square.

Recent years have seen a shift in industry demand for fields such as engineering, manufacturing, automation, control technologies, mechatronics, electrotechnology, robotics, and energy management.

TestimonialsAnh (Kitty) Chau (Engineering Student)

“I want to do architecture when I'm older. At the end of the two-year course, we get a certificate saying that we've completed our engineering studies and it's just something else to add to my portfolio for university or entering the workforce.”

TestimonialsMichael Stapmanns (Engineering Student)

“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, thanks to the terrific teachers and learning environment at NCAT, gave my ATAR score a big boost…there was a clear link between theory and practice.”

TestimonialsDaniel Knot (Head of Department, Technology)

“A student can come here for three years: years 10, 11 and 12. They can do between four and five different certificates so that by the end of it they will definitely know what they want to do.”

TestimonialsAnh (Kitty) Chau (Engineering Student)

“Our engineering teacher used to help build and design planes for Boeing and when we found out we asked, “What are you doing here”? He replied, “I come here just for you guys.”

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Student working in NCAT Certificate II in Engineering workshop
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Course Structure

NCAT's Certificate II in Engineering is a project-based, hand-on course delivered in a simulated workplace environment in the NCAT Engineering workshop. The course provides students with the skills and knowledge to pursue an apprenticeship in the engineering trades or with a foundation for professional engineering roles. Units 1 & 2 cover areas in computer technology and using hand and power tools.

We deliver a general course including some elective units from fabrication, machining and engineering technical pathways. Units 3 & 4 offers scored assessment and incorporates units such as producing basic engineering sketches and drawings, handling engineering materials, performing computations (for the VCE stream only).

You can read about two NCAT student Certificate II Engineering projects completed here. https://ncat.vic.edu.au/ncat-engineering-studies-student-work/

Activities & Task

Projects made in Engineering Units 1 & 2 include vice soft jaws, sheet metal tool caddy, centre punch, soft face mallet and an engineer’s square. Students doing Engineering Units 3 & 4 are required to construct a major project and document the project in a portfolio.

Assessment

Students wanting a study score for the Certificate II in Engineering can undertake scored assessment. Practical project work is assessed by observation and questioning, written tasks and tests are assessed using set criteria. Students are given a fair and adequate assessment process with multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency. Students must attend 80% of all classes and successfully complete all units of competency to obtain their certificate II qualification.

Students are recommended to undertake a minimum of 80 hours of Structured Workplace Learning.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

Year 9 – 10 basic language, literacy and numeracy levels are desired. If you have any individual needs please contact us to discuss the options available to you.

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Folio Preparation (Visual Arts / Design)

Led by an experienced staff of dedicated artists and designers, NCAT Folio Preparation's Certificate IV in Design and Certificate IV in Visual Arts courses are widely respected across the creative industries as a quality contributor to art and design education.

NCAT's Folio Preparation courses provide you with portfolio enhancement and a proven pathway for entry into tertiary courses within the visual arts or design areas or direct employment in the creative industries. It offers you creative skills, confidence and the opportunity to develop a professional and effective folio.

Folio Preparation is a unique government funded portfolio preparation course, which provides both an opportunity to build art or design skills and a pathway for students seeking entry into university courses in design and visual arts areas. The program has two streams and students choose to enroll in either the Certificate IV in Design or the Certificate IV in Visual Arts.

From its inception in 1989, Folio Preparation has assisted in the launch of hundreds of art and design related careers. NCAT Folio Preparation tailors learning to your individual pathway needs with elective and extension subject offerings.

Folio Preparation (Visual Arts / Design) enables you to:

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Improve your practical and conceptual skills, and provide you with a substantial body of practical work for Tertiary interview and entrance.

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Trial a wide range of skills and techniques in either art or design discipline.

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Build your creative computer skills to a proficient level.

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Build practical and conceptual skills and to create a comprehensive portfolio.

Widely respected in the creative industries and in art and design education, the trainers in the Certificate IVs in Design and Visual Arts  NCAT Folio Preparation’s program are an experienced and dedicated team of practicing artists and designers.

TestimonialsReiko Ellis (Folio Prep Student)

"NCAT has helped me shape my future. Not only did I gain such an incredible amount of practical knowledge, they also really cared and wanted to help as best they could. It was an unforgettable year: great results, personable people, creative."

TestimonialsJacquie Moon (Folio Prep Student)

"Having a year of amazing support & mentoring from a team of teachers that really love what they do made a huge difference in gaining work in the industry. I always recommend NCAT to people to do prior to Uni or a creative business venture because it's the kind of experience that you will rarely find as a student anywhere else!"

TestimonialsAlysha Parkinson (Folio Prep Student)

"After finishing high school with a passion for design but not sure exactly what direction I wanted to take it, I found NCAT, which was an amazing course with great teachers that inspired me and encouraged me to create a folio of work that I was really proud of..."

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Course Structure

This qualification reflects the role of practitioners working at a pre-professional level who are beginning to develop their own creative voice. They produce work that shows proficiency with techniques in their chosen field and are able to apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems. They have broad and integrated factual, technical and theoretical knowledge with cognitive skills that allow them to analyse, compare and act on information from a range of sources.

You can read more about our Online Service Standards, relating to the Online and Remote Delivery of Training and Assessment.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Activities & Tasks

Delivery is via weekly practical, theory and workshop sessions. Units of competency are clustered and embedded within the course subjects and are delivered over the course of the full year. Activities are based on the submission of projects of set workplace tasks or projects, participation in-group discussions, and a final presentation on the implementation and outcomes of specified projects. As well as completing individual job briefs, participants must attend & participate in: practical workshops, tests, demonstrations, lectures, presentations, excursions, exhibition/gallery visits, the creation of an online blog/website/portfolio, oral presentations, “mock” interviews, self-evaluation exercises, podcasts, online tuition, questionnaires & surveys.

Assessment

Learning and assessment is integrated, with assessment evidence being collected and feedback provided to the student on an ongoing basis. Structured core and elective subjects cover a variety of contexts using a range of strategies to meet different learner needs. These include: group-based, work-based, project-based, self-paced, action learning-based; e-learning; and involve practice and experience in a simulated work environment. The Job Briefs for each subject outline tasks to be completed, the competencies to be demonstrated and the practical outcomes to be produced. Units of Competency are clustered in the NCAT Folio Preparation course subjects and are delivered over the course of the full year. The units of competency are selected to provide participants with a folio that demonstrates the building of acquired skills and the development of a specialised portfolio.

Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites for this course. If you have any individual needs please contact the college to discuss these needs.

Fees

You can read more about our Fees

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Furniture Making

Build beautiful pieces of furniture and gain satisfaction from your work. Work with the industry tools to develop the skills you need to become a Furniture or Cabinet Maker. Across the two years you will gain knowledge in constructing timber products and joints, how to use the hand tools woodworking machines and read plans and job specifications. Develop an eye for design in making a piece of furniture you can be proud of.

The furniture making trade is in high demand nationwide. Recent years have seen a shift in industry and consumer demand for sustainable practices. The use of new technologies, materials and equipment in the industry has created employment opportunities across many areas, from high volume manufacturing to artistic expression and creativity.

NCAT consults with industry and government reference groups to ensure our furniture making curriculum remains consistent with emerging trends. Practical project-based curriculums simulate real world scenarios for hands-on student learning. Purpose built facilities demonstrate sustainable practices furnished with state-of-the-art equipment.

Furniture Making enables you to:

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Develop your critical eye to make a range of products.

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Work with hand, power and static tools.

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Learn the basics before you decide which direction you would like to take your idea.

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Immerse yourself in the design process of making furniture.

As with all good design and creativity, this craft begins with drawing and identifying construction methods and working within constraints. Master the art of hand-cut timber joints using industry standard hand-tools, power-tools and multi-cam computer controlled cutters.

TestimonialsJarman Lawrence (Furniture Making Student)

“My grandpa was a carpenter for a long time. He used to take me out into the shed and go come have a look at this thing I made from then on I kind of wanted to do something like that.”

TestimonialsTony Nanngerd (Furniture Making Student)

“You have to get a white card to be able to use equipment and get into a workforce.”

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Course Structure

The Certificate II In Furniture Making Pathways is designed for people interested in a career in furnishing, cabinet making or related working environment. Students learn and develop a range of skills and knowledge including furniture assembly, joinery and preparation of surfaces which can help get entry into an apprenticeship. This is a project- based, hand-on course delivered in a simulated workplace environment in a fully-equipped workshop.

Activities & Tasks

The Certificate II In Furniture Making Pathways course covers construction of furniture products using a variety of materials, a range of hand and power tools, surface preparation, general joinery techniques and assembly of various components such as drawers, leg and rail, tops or carcass. Safety, industry standards, job specifications, reading plans, measurements and calculations are competencies relating to communication and teamwork skills and are vital to produce a successful product.

Assessment

Assessment is mainly by observation of skills and some written work and assignments. The assessment of your overall competence at this certificate level will be undertaken by a qualified assessor and your competence judged using the criteria stated in the qualification.

Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

A minimum sound achievement of Year 10 Maths and English or equivalent and an aptitude for practical work is recommended. If you have individual needs, please contact the college to discuss.

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Integrated Technologies

Integrated Technology is linked directly to electronics. Learn basic electrical and electronics theory. Understand robotics concepts and create projects. Undertake computer and wireless networking and telecommunications cabling.

Early career starts are available for VCE and VCE VM students seeking a career in integrated technology. Students can include a VET Certificate II in Integrated Technology within a VCE or VCE VM syllabus.

The integrated technology trade is in high demand. Recent years have seen an increase in industry demand for employees skilled across the electrical, data communications, and engineering fields. It provides skills and knowledge in Digital Broadband, IT security systems, Cabling, Information & Communications Technology, and Telecommunications.

Integrated Technologies enables you to:

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Learn computer networking theory and practical tasks.

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Learning coding, automation and robotics (Arduino, C++, VEX).

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Use CAD, programming of microcontrollers, robotics, 3D printing and process automation to develop products from conceptualisation to working prototypes.

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Develop an understanding in solar powered energy systems.

The College consults with industry and government reference groups to ensure our curriculum remains consistent with emerging trends. A practical project-based curriculum simulates real world scenarios for hands-on student learning. Purpose built facilities demonstrate sustainable practices furnished with state-of-the-art equipment.

TestimonialsXavier (Integrated Technology Student)

“I came to NCAT specifically because they offered integrated technology. We work on a single project for many weeks at a time, for example, we have to make a board that can charge a battery from a solar panel and then we do theory on that such as electricity and renewable energy to back up those practical applications.”

TestimonialsXavier (Integrated Technology Student)

“During our first year we do a lot of networking and we get part of the CCNA CISCO Certificate which can be a good starting point to get a job directly after school.”

(1 / 5)

Course Structure

The 22527VIC Certificate II in Integrated Technologies covers the knowledge and skills to increase job prospects in the Electrotechnology, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Industries. It is an introduction to the electrotechnology, computer networking, automation and advanced manufacturing industries. Students engage with multiple technologies and emerging techniques in the field of 3D printing, CAD, coding, automation and robotics.

Activities & Tasks

The NCAT Integrated Technology program covers theoretical and practical training linked directly to the work of the Integrated Technology industries and includes: computer networking theory and practical tasks; coding, automation and robotics (Arduino, C++, VEX); use of CAD, programming of microcontrollers, robotics, 3D printing and process automation to develop products from conceptualisation to working prototypes and solar powered energy systems.

Assessment

Practical project based tasks and design briefs are assessed by observation and questioning, and theory tests and written assessments using set criteria. Students are given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

It is recommended participants have a minimum sound achievement of Year 10 Maths and English or equivalent and an aptitude for practical work. If you have any individual needs, please contact the college.

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Music Performance

The music industry and production trade is in high demand nationwide. Recent years have seen a growth in industry demand for sound engineers, producers, mixers and Foley artists skilled in digital technology. Beyond the music industry, employment is also possible across film, television, gaming and digital device sectors.

The course strongly focuses on providing students with a broad skill set that will enable them a wide range of employment opportunities within the music industry. The College consults with industry and government reference groups to ensure our curriculum remains consistent with emerging trends. Purpose built facilities demonstrate sustainable practices, furnished with a fully equipped recording studio, digital audio workstations and multi media labs.

Students are able to record using some of the finest equipment that you would normally only find in professional recording studios. This includes:


  • Music recital room with a Kawai grand piano.

  • Ten music rehearsal rooms.

  • Two computer labs, each equipped with twenty-five music workstations comprising Arturia keyboards, Arrow audio interfaces, Apple iMacs with Pro Tools, Ableton Live and other audio & music programs installed.

  • Two purpose built dance studios with sprung floors.

  • Purpose built Theatre Studies room with sprung floor and theatre lighting.

Music Performance enables you to:

/

Collaborate with like-minded people.

/

Develop yourself as a musical artist.

/

Better understand the current music industry landscape.

/

Perform and produce a range of music in a range of contexts.

NCAT music trainers consults with industry and government reference groups to ensure our curriculum remains consistent with emerging trends. Purpose-built facilities demonstrate sustainable practices, furnished with a fully equipped recording studio, digital audio workstations and multimedia labs.

TestimonialsPeter Myers (Former Head of Department, Music)

“The equipment we've got is industry standard. We've got a recording studio that is as good as any commercial recording studio that you would find.”

TestimonialsMonique Hirschfeld (Music Student)

“You can do Sound Production here, which is what I did. It really opened up a new world to me, being able to be my own producer.”

TestimonialsMonique Hirschfeld (Music Student)

“I love how music connects you to an audience and how it makes people feel.”

TestimonialsPeter Myers (Former Head of Department, Music)

“All of our staff have experiences as performance or as composers or as artists in in some way.”

TestimonialsMonique Hirschfeld (Music Student)

“They know that this is not just a thing you want to do, it's a passion.”

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Course
Level(s)
Qualification(s)

Course Structure

The Certificate II in Music provides students with foundation knowledge and skills of the music industry and a great pathway into the Certificate III Music qualification. The NCAT course covers a broad range of skills including music rehearsal and performance techniques; basic sound recording processes, planning and creating compositional work, maintaining instruments, and planning, staging and performing at events.

Activities & Tasks

Students complete as individuals but there is also strong emphasis on group activity which includes: singing or playing simple musical pieces for group performances; rehearsing and performing; using and maintaining instruments; using software to record and compose; planning and performing at events; applying Occupational Health and Safety processes across all aspects of music making.

Assessment

Assessment methods include oral and written presentations, performances, projects, worksheets, tests, practical demonstrations and participating in discussions. The assessment of your overall competence at this certificate level is undertaken by a qualified assessor and your competence judged using all of these criteria. All training resources will be provided. Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes the option of reassessment where appropriate.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

Entry into this course is by audition and interview. Some background in basic aspects of music is recommended, along with a willingness to work on performance. If you have any individual needs, please contact NCAT to discuss these and the options available to you.

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Music (Performance)

The music industry and production trade is in high demand nationwide. Recent years have seen a growth in industry demand for sound engineers, producers, mixers and Foley artists skilled in digital technology. Beyond the music industry, employment is also possible across film, television, gaming and digital device sectors.

The course strongly focuses on providing students with a broad skill set that will enable them a wide range of employment opportunities within the music industry. The College consults with industry and government reference groups to ensure our curriculum remains consistent with emerging trends. Purpose built facilities demonstrate sustainable practices, furnished with a fully equipped recording studio, digital audio workstations and multi media labs.

Students are able to record using some of the finest equipment that you would normally only find in professional recording studios. This includes:


  • Music recital room with a Kawai grand piano.

  • Ten music rehearsal rooms.

  • Two computer labs, each equipped with twenty-five music workstations comprising Arturia keyboards, Arrow audio interfaces, Apple iMacs with Pro Tools, Ableton Live and other audio & music programs installed.

  • Two purpose built dance studios with sprung floors.

  • Purpose built Theatre Studies room with sprung floor and theatre lighting.

Music (Performance) enables you to:

/

Perform in various ensembles across multiple genres.

/

Work collaboratively and re-interpret popular music.

/

Plan, prepare and promote gigs as a part of a group.

/

Expand on your musical language and critically listen.

The College consults with industry and government reference groups to ensure our curriculum remains consistent with emerging trends. Purpose-built facilities demonstrate sustainable practices, furnished with a fully equipped recording studio, digital audio workstations and multimedia labs.

TestimonialsPeter Myers (Head of Department, Music)

“The equipment we've got is industry standard. We've got a recording studio that is as good as any commercial recording studio that you would find.”

TestimonialsMonique Hirschfeld (Music Student)

“I love how music connects you to an audience and how it makes people feel.”

TestimonialsZac Lister (Sound Production Teacher)

“The most important part of having industry standard gear is when the real world, they know what it is. They see it they’re not daunted.”

TestimonialsMonique Hirschfeld (Music Student)

“They know that this is not just a thing you want to do, it's a passion.”

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Learn how to edit and record using computerised digital equipment and systems. Set up, record and mix music in an industry standard recording studio. Install and program lighting systems. Plan, prepare and promote a gig as an organizer and performer for the launch of a compilation CD of original compositions. Get fully trained by performing professionals, who have worked with many of Australia’s music legends.

TestimonialsRebecca Barnard

“At the end of the year I take the students on the road with me - as my band. We played at venues along the Great Ocean Road – including Apollo Bay, Lorne and Aries Inlet. The gig in Lorne just went off – and the students got a taste of how it feels to be wanted and have their music appreciated. The repertoire which includes originals by the students, some of my songs, and covers.”

TestimonialsRebecca Barnard

“It’s a very practical course and gives students the opportunity to be paid as working musicians. These guys are also learning to be adaptable over a range of genres and songs. We’ll be playing songs from contemporary Australian bands too.”

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Course
Level(s)
Qualification(s)

Course Structure

The Certificate IV in Music Industry (Performance) includes studies in instrumental and vocal performance techniques, rehearsal techniques, improvisation, songwriting, composition, arranging, music transcription, harmony, making a demo recording and sound editing. The course is designed to produce well-rounded, knowledgeable, industry-ready musicians and culminates in a professional performance tour of the Victorian Surf Coast region in October of each year. Student have access to the college’s state-of-the art auditorium, recording studios, rehearsal rooms, sound editing software and music facility.

You can read more about our Online Service Standards, relating to the Online and Remote Delivery of Training and Assessment.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Activities & Tasks

Performance students develop multiple performance programs, perform in a variety of styles for multiple purposes, perform and record covers and original songs, give group and solo performances, contribute to back-up accompaniments, develop a folio of original songs and instrumental compositions, improvise in multiple contexts, develop performance skills on primary and secondary instruments, develop studio recording and aural perception skills; and they acquire a working knowledge of music theory and harmony.

Students also acquire knowledge and skills designed to assist them in developing careers by researching music and related careers, studying music marketing concepts, developing a business identity, producing business plans and developing an online presence for the dissemination of their work; and they develop a presentation folio for self-promotion to prospective employers, agencies and tertiary institutions.

Students develop skills in:

Songwriting
, Arranging
, Performing
, Stagecraft, Recording
, Producing
, Vocal techniques
, Rehearsal techniques and more, all under the guidance of Rebecca Barnard.

Of the 12 units in Certificate IV in Music at NCAT, Rebecca Barnard teaches four of the units including Stagecraft, Songwriting, Performance - and her remarkable unit called ‘Backing Beck’ is perhaps the most important, because the students get first-hand experience of being in a successful band.

Assessment

Most assessment tasks are project based and culminate in the production of folios of work. Students participate in a number of public performances and a performance tour; and they produce a folio of compositions, musical transcriptions, performance reviews and demo recordings. The assessment of students’ overall competence will be undertaken by qualified assessors. Students’ competence will be judged using a set of nationally determined criteria. The assessment process will be fair and will include the option of re-sits.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must have completed a VCE, VCAL Senior or Year 12 equivalent. A Certificate III in Music Industry would be an advantage. Entry into this course is by audition and interview. Applicants are asked to prepare two contrasting works for audition. The use of backing tracks in auditions is encouraged. Mature age applicants welcome.

Demos can be submitted by providing a link to NCAT via email ncat@eductation.vic.gov.au or at the allocated audition date.


Fees

You can read more about our Fees

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Music (Performance)

The music industry and sound production trade is in high demand nationwide. Recent years have seen a growth in industry demand for sound engineers, producers, mixers and Foley artists skilled in digital technology. Beyond the music industry, employment is also possible across film, television, gaming and digital device sectors.

The Certificate III In Music strongly focuses on providing students with a broad skill set that will enable them a wide range of employment opportunities within the music industry. NCAT music trainers work in and consult with industry. Trainers also participate in government reference groups to ensure our curriculum remains consistent with emerging trends. Purpose built facilities demonstrate sustainable practices, furnished with a fully equipped recording studio, digital audio workstations and multi media labs.

Students are able to record using some of the finest equipment that you would normally only find in professional recording studios. This includes:


  • Music recital room with a Kawai grand piano.

  • Ten music rehearsal rooms.

  • Two computer labs, each equipped with twenty-five music workstations comprising Arturia keyboards, Arrow audio interfaces, Apple iMacs with Pro Tools, Ableton Live and other audio & music programs installed.

  • Two purpose built dance studios with sprung floors.

  • Purpose built Theatre Studies room with sprung floor and theatre lighting.

Music (Performance) enables you to:

/

Perform in various ensembles across multiple genres.

/

Work collaboratively and re-interpret popular music.

/

Plan, prepare and promote gigs as a part of a group.

/

Expand on your musical language and critically listen.

The NCAT Music trainers consult with industry and government reference groups to ensure our curriculum remains consistent with emerging trends. Purpose-built facilities demonstrate sustainable practices, furnished with a fully equipped recording studio, digital audio workstations and multimedia labs.

TestimonialsPeter Myers (Former Head of Department, Music)

“The equipment we've got is industry standard. We've got a recording studio that is as good as any commercial recording studio that you would find.”

TestimonialsMonique Hirschfeld (Music Student)

“I love how music connects you to an audience and how it makes people feel.”

TestimonialsZac Lister (Head of Music Department and Sound Production Teacher)

“The most important part of having industry standard gear is when the real world, they know what it is. They see it they’re not daunted.”

TestimonialsMonique Hirschfeld (Music Student)

“They know that this is not just a thing you want to do, it's a passion.”

(1 / 5)

Course Structure

The NCAT Certificate III in Music Performance stream course focuses on exploring genre, building stagecraft, writing original compositions and performing live at multiple school events. A major performance is organised by the students as a culmination of the year’s work. This course has a scored assessment for ATAR purposes at Unit 3 & 4 levels.

Activities & Tasks

Students complete a broad range of activities including but not limited to: collaborative songwriting and re-interpreting popular music; opportunity to perform in various ensembles across multiple genres; planning, preparing and promoting a gig as part of a group; improvisation and stagecraft techniques; music language and critical listening; opportunity to record original music in the NCAT recording studio; WHS for music practice and performance; copyright and contracts for performers and songwriters.

Assessment

The assessment involves a variety of methods including observations, written and oral questioning, reviews and practical demonstrations. The assessment of your overall competence at this certificate level is undertaken by a qualified assessor and your competence judged using all of the relevant criteria.

Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency

Eligibility & Prerequisites

A reasonable standard of musicianship is needed for this course.
All students must attend a fifteen-minute interview.

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Music (Sound Production)

Write and perform songs. Collaborate on music. Organise shows. Practice and perform in a solo and group environment by taking part in the Certificate III in Music Performance. This two-year course will help you to being to establish your personal brand as a musician. Learn the music language and performance skills to develop your stagecraft, promotions and song writing.

The music industry and production trade is in high demand nationwide. Recent years have seen a growth in industry demand for sound engineers, producers, mixers and Foley artists skilled in digital technology. Beyond the music industry, employment is also possible across film, television, gaming and digital device sectors. The course strongly focuses on providing students with a broad skill set that will enable them a wide range of employment opportunities within the music industry.

Students are able to record using some of the finest equipment that you would normally only find in professional recording studios. This includes:


  • Music recital room with a Kawai grand piano.

  • Ten music rehearsal rooms.

  • Two computer labs, each equipped with twenty-five music workstations comprising Arturia keyboards, Arrow audio interfaces, Apple iMacs with Pro Tools, Ableton Live and other audio & music programs installed.

  • Two purpose built dance studios with sprung floors.

  • Purpose built Theatre Studies room with sprung floor and theatre lighting.

Music (Sound Production) enables you to:

/

Collaborate with like-minded people.

/

Develop yourself as a musical artist.

/

Better understand the current music industry landscape.

/

Perform and produce a range of music in a range of contexts.

The College consults with industry and government reference groups to ensure our curriculum remains consistent with emerging trends. Purpose-built facilities demonstrate sustainable practices, furnished with a fully equipped recording studio, digital audio workstations and multimedia labs.

TestimonialsPeter Myers (Head of Department, Music)

“The equipment we've got is industry standard. We've got a recording studio that is as good as any commercial recording studio that you would find.”

TestimonialsMonique Hirschfeld (Music Student)

“You can do Sound Production here, which is what I did. It really opened up a new world to me, being able to be my own producer.”

TestimonialsBianca Hirschfeld (Music Student)

“They also have really great MIDI keyboards which can enable you to play around with digital music software."

TestimonialsZac Lister (Sound Production Teacher)

“I see us as the first level, where they need to be gaining the skills that they will need to step into some part of the industry.”

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Course
Level(s)
Qualification(s)

Course Structure

The Certificate IV in Music Industry (Sound Production) includes studies in live audio operations, sound reinforcement, audio mixing and editing using Pro Tools, making a demo recording, ear training, and music performance skills as part of a group. The course is designed to produce well-rounded, knowledgeable, industry-ready musicians and culminates in a professional performance tour of the Victorian Surf Coast region in October of each year. Student have access to the college’s state-of-the art auditorium, recording studios, rehearsal rooms, sound editing software and music facility.

You can read more about our Online Service Standards, relating to the Online and Remote Delivery of Training and Assessment.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Activities & Tasks

Certificate in Music - Sound Production students study audio theory and apply their knowledge in practical and diverse learning environments working closely with colleagues as clients. They gain practical experience in live sound production, become familiar with microphone types and use them in a variety of recording contexts. Sound Production students develop recording plans and run recording sessions in the recording studios using current technologies and software. They record, edit and produce multitrack recordings to a professional standard using Pro Tools. Sound Production students also develop their skills as performers and are given opportunities to perform and record their own songs and contribute to, and record those of their colleagues.

Furthermore, students acquire knowledge and skills designed to assist them in developing careers by researching careers in sound production and music, studying music marketing concepts, developing a business identity, producing business plans and developing an online presence for the dissemination of their work; and they develop a presentation folio for self-promotion to prospective employers, agencies and tertiary institutions.

Assessment

Most assessment tasks are project based and culminate in the production of folios of work. Sound Production students produce a folio of recordings and sound editing projects. They are assessed by observation of practical applications of their skills, and they participate in a number of public performances and a performance tour. The assessment of students’ overall competence will be undertaken by qualified assessors. Students’ competence will be judged using a set of nationally determined criteria. The assessment process will be fair and will include the option of re-sits.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must have completed a VCE, VCAL Senior or Year 12 equivalent. A Certificate III in Music Industry would be an advantage. Entry into this course is by audition and interview. Applicants are asked to prepare two contrasting works for audition. The use of backing tracks in auditions is encouraged.

Fees

You can read more about our Fees

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Music (Sound Production)

Write and perform songs. Collaborate on music. Organise shows. Practice and perform in a solo and group environment by taking part in the Certificate III in Music Performance. This two-year course will help you to being to establish your personal brand as a musician. Learn the music language and performance skills to develop your stagecraft, promotions and song writing.

The music industry and sound production trade is in high demand nationwide. Recent years have seen a growth in industry demand for sound engineers, producers, mixers and Foley artists skilled in digital technology. Beyond the music industry, employment is also possible across film, television, gaming and digital device sectors. The course strongly focuses on providing students with a broad skill set that will enable them a wide range of employment opportunities within the music industry.

Students are able to record using some of the finest equipment that you would normally only find in professional recording studios. This includes:


  • Music recital room with a Kawai grand piano.

  • Ten music rehearsal rooms.

  • Two computer labs, each equipped with twenty-five music workstations comprising Arturia keyboards, Arrow audio interfaces, Apple iMacs with Pro Tools, Ableton Live and other audio & music programs installed.

  • Two purpose built dance studios with sprung floors.

  • Purpose built Theatre Studies room with sprung floor and theatre lighting.

Music (Sound Production) enables you to:

/

Collaborate with like-minded people.

/

Develop yourself as a musical artist.

/

Better understand the current music industry landscape.

/

Perform and produce a range of music in a range of contexts.

NCAT music trainers work in and consult with industry. Trainers participate in reference groups to ensure our curriculum remains consistent with emerging trends. Purpose-built facilities demonstrate sustainable practices, furnished with a fully equipped recording studio, digital audio workstations and multimedia labs.

TestimonialsPeter Myers (Former Head of Department, Music)

“The equipment we've got is industry standard. We've got a recording studio that is as good as any commercial recording studio that you would find.”

TestimonialsMonique Hirschfeld (Music Student)

“You can do Sound Production here, which is what I did. It really opened up a new world to me, being able to be my own producer.”

TestimonialsBianca Hirschfeld (Music Student)

“They also have really great MIDI keyboards which can enable you to play around with digital music software."

TestimonialsZac Lister (Head of Music and Sound Production Teacher)

“I see us as the first level, where they need to be gaining the skills that they will need to step into some part of the industry.”

(1 / 5)

Course Structure

Recording and mixing live sound are the major focus areas of the course. Students are given multiple opportunities to set up and operate live audio for concerts and other events. Multiple digital audio workstations are available for students to develop skills in recording programs. Students gain skills required to work creatively and effectively in the music industry. This course has a scored assessment for ATAR purposes at units 3 & 4 level.

Activities & Tasks

Students complete a broad range of activities including but not limited to: setting up and operating live sound equipment and mixing for events such as the annual music festival and school musical; setting up, recording and mixing music in an industry standard recording studio; recording, mixing, mastering and producing for a range of bands and artists; installing and programming of lighting systems; investigating methods and techniques used in recording bands and artists; planning, preparing and promoting music and other events.

Assessment

Units of competency are assessed using a variety of methods including practical observation, written and research tasks and case studies.

Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

If you have any individual needs, please contact NCAT to discuss these needs.

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Musical Instrument Making & Repair

There are opportunities in the guitar making industry in Victoria and with independent makers nationally. NCAT consults with industry and has established relationships with Maton Guitars, Cole Clark Guitars & many independent instrument makers. The college also has a relationship the Australian Music Association (the National Retailer’s Association).

The Certificate IV in Musical Instrument Making and Repair students learn to make a bolt-on electric guitar and a dreadnaught style acoustic guitar. Upon successful completion of these instruments, students design and may construct a custom made instrument of their choice. The college will provide the materials to build your own custom built instrument. The hardware must be supplied by the student. The course covers an introduction to the computer controlled cutting and milling machines and laser cutters. Students are instructed in the use and maintenance of hand and power tools necessary for construction and gain vital hands-on experience.

Musical Instrument Making & Repair enables you to:

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Generate and transfer complex computer-aided drawings and specifications.

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Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices.

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Develop, trial and evaluate prototypes.

/

Learn how to manufacture and repair acoustic and electric guitars.

Certificate IV Musical Instrument Making and Repair student making acoustic guitar

A career in guitar making is possible by studying Musical Instrument Making and Repair. We offer the only qualification of its kind in Australia.

TestimonialsMark Russel (Folio Preparation & Guitar Making Teacher)

“NCAT is known for its equality and giving everybody a fair chance at succeeding at what their love is. If you give people the chance to pursue a passion they're going to naturally succeed in it.”

(1 / 5)

Course Structure

Students begin by completing an extensive OH&S program, incorporating theory and workshop induction. Over the year, students learn to make a bolt-on neck electric guitar, a dreadnaught style acoustic guitar and design a custom instrument of their choice. The course covers hand carving and the use and maintenance of hand and power tools necessary for construction, and gives vital hands-on experience.

You can read more about our Online Service Standards, relating to the Online and Remote Delivery of Training and Assessment.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Activities & Tasks

The Certificate IV in Music Instrument Making and Repair program is delivered over four days a week by a team of highly experienced teaching staff. A variety of guest speakers present to students throughout the year on specialist topics. In recent years this has included professionals such as, Ian NoyceJack SpiraRuben BeckerAndy Thomson (T Guitars), Jeremy Clingan, Benedict Stewart and David Searle. Tours to industry locations, including Maton Guitars Australia and Cole Clark Guitars are an integral part of the course. As a professional component of the program, students are given the opportunity to complete a five day work placement with one of our industry partners. This is organised by NCAT. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding.

The program is delivered as a “hands on” model, with an emphasis on experiential learning.

Subjects include: Instrument Construction, Repair & Setup, Design & Documentation, 3D Modelling Technology, Business Planning and Occupational Health & Safety

Assessment

Successful completion of the course requires 95% attendance. Students will be required to complete two instruments and all set work as well as the work placement. The assessment of overall competence at this certificate level will be undertaken by a qualified assessor and your competence judged using all of these criteria. All training resources will be provided upon payment and enrolment.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites but completion of 22563VIC Certificate III in Musical Instrument Making & Maintenance would be an advantage.

Fees

You can read more about our Fees

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Musical Instrument Making & Maintenance

There are opportunities in the guitar making industry in Victoria and with independent makers nationally. NCAT consults with industry and has established relationships with Maton Guitars, Cole Clark Guitars & many independent instrument makers. The college also has a relationship the Australian Music Association (the National Retailer’s Association).

The Certificate III Musical Instrument Making and Maintenance is an introductory course delivered as part of VET in Schools and is only available to secondary schools students. This is delivered one day a week (Wednesdays) over two years, incorporating a range of woodcraft skills necessary for building percussion instruments, ukuleles, slide guitars, as well as an introduction to basic woodwind repair.

Musical Instrument Making & Maintenance enables you to:

/

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices.

/

Work collaboratively with like-minded people.

/

Use furniture making sector hand and power tools.

Certificate III in Musical Instrument Making and Maintenance student working on a guitar neck.

The program is delivered as a “hands on” model, with an emphasis on experiential learning.

TestimonialsMark Russel (Folio Preparation & Guitar Making Teacher)

“NCAT is known for its equality and giving everybody a fair chance at succeeding at what their love is. If you give people the chance to pursue a passion they're going to naturally succeed in it.”

(1 / 5)
Certificate IV Musical Instrument Making and Repair student making an electric guitar

Course Structure

The Certificate III Musical Instrument Making and Maintenance is an introductory course that is delivered as part of VET in Schools and is only available to secondary schools students. This is delivered one day a week (Wednesdays) over two years, incorporating a range of woodcraft skills necessary for building percussion instruments, ukuleles, slide guitars, as well as an introduction to basic woodwind repair. If enrolled as a fulltime secondary students at NCAT the Certificate III can be integrated with the VCE or VCAL syllabus.

Activities & Tasks

After an extensive OH&S program, combining theory and workshop induction, students will build an electric guitar neck, percussion instrument(stomp box, cajonand xylophone), make basic woodwind instruments and an electric slide guitar. In second year the students build a tenor ukulele, a travel mandolin and a solid body electric guitar. Students learn to repair a drum kit and a clarinet. After completing all assigned tasks students are encouraged to bring in personal projects and learn the basics of guitar set up and repair.

Assessment

The course runs over two years. In first year you complete two instruments and an introductory piece. In second year you complete two instruments and various instrument repairs.The applied nature of the course requires 98% attendance to successfully complete. The assessment of your overall competence is undertaken by a qualified assessor and competence judged using all of these completed tasks. Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course however an interest in woodworking skills is an advantage.

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Music Investigations

Music Investigations enables you to:

Course
Level(s)
Qualification(s)
Music Investigations

VCE

Qualification(s):
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Music Performance

Music Performance enables you to:

Course
Level(s)
Qualification(s)
Music Performance

VCE

Qualification(s):
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Music Style & Composition

Music Style & Composition enables you to:

Course
Level(s)
Qualification(s)
Music Style & Composition

VCE

Qualification(s):
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Photography & Digital Imaging

This course at NCAT Photography prepares you for a career as a photographer across a range of industry areas including commercial, domestic portrait, media, wedding, illustrative and fine art photography.

This is a face to face course with practical, theory and workshop sessions covering digital and analogue processes, making it unique. Our subjects group units of competency to provide students with skills and knowledge for the Photographic industry. The main aim is to produce a portfolio of work specialised to the student’s needs demonstrating a high level of conceptual research and technical competence and refinement.

Photography & Digital Imaging enables you to:

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Develop your creativity and your photography skills in a supportive environment.

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Access industry-standard purpose-built facilities.

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Produce a portfolio of technically and conceptually advanced photographic works.

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Gain proficiency in digital software including Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and Capture One.

Study Certificate IV Diploma Photography Digital Imaging

Students work in photographic environments such as studios, darkrooms and on location and visit galleries and a variety of industry workplaces. Students complete individual work briefs, tests, participate in workshops and demonstrations, group discussions, presentations, excursions, interviews and self-evaluation exercises. Guest speakers feature and maintain our strong connection to a dynamic industry and educational pathway.

TestimonialsChristian Gallo (Photography Student)

“The teachers know what they're talking about; they've been in the field, they've experienced it and then they can give you that knowledge.”

TestimonialsIrene Alessandro (Head of Department, Photography)

“We're constantly upgrading our equipment so that we can reflect the true standard of industry.”

(1 / 5)

Course Structure

This course prepares you for a career in photography across a range of industry contexts including commercial, domestic portrait, media, wedding, illustrative and fine art photography. It has a strong practical focus and covers digital and analogue photographic processes. Delivery is face to face with practical, theory and workshop sessions. The units of competency delivered provide students with strong skills to produce a specialised portfolio suitable for entry into further study or employment in the photo imaging industry.

You can read more about our Online Service Standards, relating to the Online and Remote Delivery of Training and Assessment.

You may be eligible to apply for a capped loan under the Australian Government's VET Student Loans scheme. Detailed information about the VET Student Loan at NCAT.

Check your eligibility for a VET Student Loan.


This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Activities & Tasks

Activities include photographic exercises incorporating workplace tasks or projects, job briefs, and the production of a photographic portfolio. Students must attend and participate in practical workshops, demonstrations, excursions, presentations, group discussions and self-evaluation exercises.

Assessment

Learning and assessment is integrated. Evidence is collected and feedback provided to students on an ongoing basis. Subjects cover a variety of concepts and genres using a range of methods to suit different learner needs. These include group-based, work-based, project-based, self-paced and involve practice and experience in a simulated work environment. Job briefs for each subject outline tasks to be completed, the competencies to be demonstrated and the practical outcomes to be produced.

Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

Satisfactory completion of VCE or VCE VM with a demonstrated interest in photography related subject areas is needed to enroll in the course. There are no prerequisites for the selected units of competencies. Literacy, language and numeracy are assessed on enrolment to establish individual needs.

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Plumbing

Get the skills you need to set yourself up for a plumbing apprenticeship. Focus on the practical elements of plumbing in course where you develop a range of skills in the plumbing workshop.

Learn about the different plumbing pathway choices such as general, mechanical, domestic, and commercial plumbing. Tackle a range of tasks such as sheet metal work, technical drawings, and levelling. This course covers sustainable plumbing practices.

Early career starts are available for VCE and VCE VM students seeking a career in Plumbing. Students can integrate a VET certificate in Plumbing within a VCE or VCE VM syllabus. Using a combination of maths and technical drawings, learn how to set out a bathroom using plans to position fixtures with accuracy and in line with current regulations. Learn mild steel welding and brazing using Oxy/Acetylene. Understand how current OHS regulations are applied within a simulated plumbing environment. Develop products to scale in line with technical drawing specifications.

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The College consults with industry and government reference groups to ensure that our plumbing curriculum remains consistent with emerging trends. Purpose-built facilities demonstrate sustainable plumbing practices; state-of-the-art equipment and practical curriculum design simulate real-world scenarios for hands-on student learning.

TestimonialsPaddy Fitzgerald (Certificate II Plumbing Student)

“I started in the arts and I stumbled across plumbing and I think it's stuck. We’ve learned how to do gutters and now starting to do the framework of a hot water system.”

TestimonialsRaffaela Galati-Brown (Principal)

“We value the whole person here. Whether they're coming for a VCE program or for an applied program, what we look at is what can they do, not what they can't do and how can we build their skills.”

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The Certificate II in Plumbing ( Pre-apprenticeship) covers the knowledge and skills to prepare students for an entry into an apprenticeship. There is a strong practical focus. A range of units introduces students to basic plumbing knowledge and skills and the opportunity to develop skills for the industry in the plumbing workshop. There is a strong emphasis on sustainability and safe plumbing principles.

Activities & Tasks

During the course, Plumbing students will be able to complete projects that include: sheet metalwork; plumbing fixtures and fittings for domestic and commercial applications; technical drawing and plumbing specifications; levelling; water, sanitary and drainage pipes used in plumbing.

Assessment

The completion of written and observed practical tasks and projects for each unit are assessed using set criteria. Students are given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Students are encouraged to do a minimum of 80 hours Structured Workplace Learning.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

It is recommended students have a minimum sound achievement of Year 10 Maths and English or equivalent and an aptitude for practical work. If you have individual needs, please contact the college.

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Dance

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Product Design & Technology (Fashion / Textiles)

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Screen & Media (Creative & Digital Media)

Develop industry ready skills in animation, web design and digital imaging

In the Certificate III in Creative and Digital Media course you use industry standard software to create several projects. Tackle everything from storyboards and sketches to audio editing and character development, this course gives you a feel for the industry.

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Develop your creativity and make a range of media products to show future employers or tertiary institutions.

TestimonialsMason Peart (Multimedia Student)

“In multimedia we're given the opportunity to experiment with various concepts within the multimedia realm this includes podcasting, web design, animation and games design.”

TestimonialsNatasha Stamos (Media Teacher)

“There's a respect and acknowledgement of those traditional media forms and then we're just consistently looking for ways to push those boundaries.”

TestimonialsAnthony Stevens (Media Student)

“So we've got our usual film and animation and we've also got things like magazine covers, posters and we can even do apps now.”

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Course Structure

The Certificate III in Screen and Media - Creative and Digital Media stream course covers a range of skills used in a media based workplace and reflects current industry demands in animation, web design and digital imaging. Students learn skills to develop concept ideas and progress to learn technical skills to produce a variety of media products. Students use industry standard programs - Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Premiere and learn the basics of the software packages.

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Units 1 & 2 (First Year)
Tasks to cover the training package content may include: Adobe Photoshop and digital imaging and photography skills for an interactive slideshow; sound and audio editing and production with the creations of podcasts; Adobe Animate-animation and interactivity exploring basic tweening, simple character development, typography experiments, explored through an interactive game or narrative; website management and basic production in Adobe Dreamweaver; research industry trends, careers and professional development.

Units 3 & 4 (Second Year)
Tasks to cover the training package content may include: a 30 second animation completed to technical specifications, including advanced character development with a sound effect or music soundtrack accompanied by a production folio; a promotional website using copy suited to the style. Students seek trainer feedback to make improvements and test before a set deadline; produce a portfolio for an instructional video with evidence of pre-production of visual design components and finished pieces, storyboard, script, and short answers about video production.

Assessment

Assessment includes short and long answers to questions, product assessment, observation and evidence of planning such as storyboards, sketches presented in a production folio. The assessment of overall competence at this certificate level is undertaken by a qualified assessor and students’ competence judged using criteria from the unit of competencies.

In Units 1 & 2, students complete a range of exercises to demonstrate their competency.

In Units 3 & 4, students are required to complete three tasks assessed as two products and one portfolio. The three tasks cover all the competencies in Certificate III in Media for Units 3 & 4.

Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

Basic language literacy and computer competency levels are pre-requisites. If you have any individual needs, please contact the College.

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Screen & Media (Video)

Take your first step into the media industry as you immerse yourself in the production process of planning, creating and editing a range of media products.

Become a media maker from the moment you begin the Certificate III in Screen and Media (Video). Create short films, podcasts, whole class projects in the television genre, short stories and social media profiles all whilst become familiar with the media industry. Work with others, develop your technical skills and cultivate your critical eye.

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Collaborate with like-minded people to develop your skills in the different production stages of creating a media product.

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Produce media in a range of forms to discover where your interests lie.

Certificate III in Screen and Media - Video students working on a video

Collaborate with like-minded people to develop your skills in the different production stages of creating a media product.

TestimonialsMason Peart (Multimedia Student)

“In multimedia we're given the opportunity to experiment with various concepts within the multimedia realm this includes podcasting, web design, animation and games design.”

TestimonialsNatasha Stamos (Media Teacher)

“There's a respect and acknowledgement of those traditional media forms and then we're just consistently looking for ways to push those boundaries.”

TestimonialsAnthony Stevens (Media Student)

“So we've got our usual film and animation and we've also got things like magazine covers, posters and we can even do apps now.”

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In the Video stream of the Certificate III in Screen and Media students develop skills in the area of film, audio and online. Students undertake practices to create creative individual and collaborative media products.

Activities & Tasks

Units 1 & 2 (First Year)
Students complete varied tasks to cover the qualification criteria which may include: planning and recording of a short film; sound and audio editing leading to the production of podcasts; research on the industry and current trends, careers and professional development; collecting and organising content to create a media product for screen or audio.

Units 3 & 4 (Second Year)
Students complete varied tasks to cover the qualification criteria which may include: writing content in response to a pitch; social media strategy for a person or product; develop skills of presentation and production techniques; planning and recording of a television show; creating a short film –how to, tutorial genre.

Assessment

The assessment involves a variety of methods including product assessment, observation and evidence of planning and production, like storyboards.It may also involve written responses. The assessment of overall competence will be undertaken by a qualified assessor and students’ competence judged using all of the qualification’s criteria.

Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

Basic language literacy and computer competency levels are pre-requisites.It is necessary to have completed first year to enrol in second year. If you have individual needs, please contact the College.

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Sport & Recreation

Jump into your career as a coach or fitness instructor within your favourite area of sport by enrolling in Certificate III in Sport and Recreation. Train, coach and instruct others in a variety of sports and develop your own fitness as you participate in a range of sports as you are trained by fellow students.

Students develop their leadership skills and knowledge to safely and effectively plan, conduct, officiate, coach and participate in a range of sport and recreation sessions. These may include volleyball, Australian Rules football, soccer, indoor hockey, indoor cricket, netball, basketball, fitness circuits etc. Learn about current First Aid and OHS practices so you are ready to enter the industry as soon as you are done.

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Assist in preparing and conducting sport and recreation sessions.

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Instruct and monitor fitness programs.

The Sport Leadership program is suited to students who enjoy an applied learning context. Students in this program will participate in active, hands-on sports education, wholly focussed around Sport. Within the program students cover all of their numeracy skills and literacy skills by reading, writing and speaking to sport related themes.

Course Structure

The Certificate III in Sport and Recreation is for year 10-12 students aspiring to study and work in the sport and recreation industry. Students develop the leadership skills and knowledge to safely and effectively plan, conduct, officiate, coach and participate in a range of sport and recreation sessions. These may include: volleyball, Australian Rules football, soccer, indoor hockey, indoor cricket, netball, basketball, fitness circuits etc.

All new first year enrolments for Sport and Recreation in 2024 will be for the new SIS30122 Certificate III in Sport Aquatics and Recreation unless we receive advice otherwise from the VCAA.

Activities & Tasks

Planning, coaching and officiating a range of sport and recreation sessions. Instructing a group fitness workout to improve individuals' fitness levels. Plan and conduct educational programs. Participating in strength and conditioning programs for specific sports and general fitness. First aid certificate.

Assessment

The assessment involves a variety of methods including practical observations of work performance and evidencing written questions. The assessment of overall competence will be undertaken by a qualified assessor and students’ competence judged using all of the qualification’s criteria.

Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

This certificate offers a study score in Year 12 through scored assessment. The score can contribute directly to the ATAR as one of a student's primary four scaled studies or as the fifth or sixth study.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites.

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Studio Arts (Photography)

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Systems Engineering

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Visual Arts

Grow and play as a visual artist by working with lots of different mediums in this course. Cultivate your artistic capabilities as you work on a range of projects in different mediums. Go through the planning stages and turn your ideas inside out, push yourself when it comes to what you can imagine and then turn that into the artwork that you have been envisioning.

Develop and refine your conceptual skills in drawing, digital imaging and design. Work with a range of materials including painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, jewellery, textiles and fashion. Apply visual arts skills to independent and group projects in the local and broader community. Learn about history, culture and industry. Attend galleries and art industry events. Work with specialists from Melbourne’s creative community.

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Immerse yourself in the creative process by talking through your ideas as an artist would.

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Experiment art in a range of mediums to find out where your interest lies.

The College consults with industry and government reference groups to keep abreast of advancing technology requirements, ensuring that our visual arts curriculum remains consistent with emerging trends. Our facilities include specialist art, drawing and multi-media studios.

TestimonialsEmilia Giess (Visual Arts Student)

“Self expression is something that is valued at the school by teachers and students. Originality is one of our core values. People here can be different and that is valued.”

TestimonialsAnne Connors (VCE Studio Arts)

It’s about them developing their own visual language and the capacity to express their ideas in an individual form.

TestimonialsNatasha Stamos (Media Teacher)

“The way that we build the timetable is so that those Visual Arts subjects have pride of place and that students who come here and want to study those subjects know that they can confidently have a range of Visual Arts.”

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The Certificate II in Visual Arts is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to build skills and knowledge in Art and Design as well as to begin to prepare a portfolio for further study or entry-level positions in the creative industry. Classes are run in a simulated work environment where students follow professional practices and OH&S guidelines. It covers diverse occupations in the visual arts, craft and design industries across a wide range of specialisations and media.

Activities & Tasks

Students explore a range of techniques in drawing, sculpture, painting, printmaking, and apply these skills to independent and group projects. They develop a basic knowledge of art history and the design industry through lectures, discussion and personal experience. Students regularly attend galleries, studios, and design workplaces as well as working with specialists from Melbourne’s creative community.

Assessment

Students receive informal assessment during the year via teacher and peer feedback in class time and are formally assessed at end of semester evaluation interviews. Assessment is based on submission of set tasks. If all course requirements are met, students receive their certificate at the end of the course. The assessment of overall competence at this certificate level is undertaken by a qualified assessor and competence is judged using the criteria stated in the qualification.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites for this course. If you have any individual needs please contact the college to discuss these needs.

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Visual Arts Immersion VCE VM

The Visual Arts Immersion program is a full-time Year 11 and Year 12 Art and Design focused course for students with a strong interest and/or career ambitions in the Art and Design industry. VCE Vocational Major subjects and the VET Certificate II and III in Visual Arts are integrated to create a flexible, innovative curriculum model. Students learn in a vibrant and creative environment that builds skills and focuses on the individual. Entry is via application including examples of student artwork and interview.

Develop and refine your conceptual skills in drawing, digital imaging and design. Work with a range of materials including painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, jewellery, textiles and fashion. Apply visual arts skills to independent and group projects in the local and broader community. Learn about history, culture and industry. Attend galleries and art industry events. Work with specialists from Melbourne’s creative community.

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Study art and design full-time whilst completing your secondary schooling.

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Develop artistic skills in drawing, painting, design and digital platforms.

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Work one-on-one with teacher-mentors who help you communicate your ideas and achieve your creative potential.

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Develop confidence, identify and use your individual strengths.

We focus on future skills required in the changing job market. We help students become confident, capable, creative individuals who know their strengthsand how to apply them in any situation.Our students have hands-on experienceof the work of an artist or designer

TestimonialsAbbey Baggio (Visual Arts Immersion Student)

“My last year at NCAT was a year full of self discovery. Finding out who I am as an artist has been such a positive journey; I’ve had so much fun learning about my strengths and weaknesses and truly just discovering what I’m passionate about.”

TestimonialsAbbey Baggio (Visual Arts Immersion Student)

“My art is a positive outlet for me and it has allowed me to discover such life-changing confidence within myself. This whole journey has changed me in the most lovely way and I’m so grateful and ready to create and trust myself with everything I create in the future.
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TestimonialsLeon Alasso (Visual Arts Immersion Student)

“I truly appreciate the opportunity I had to experience a more progressive environment. During my time in the Visual Arts Immersion program I got lots of support and great encouragement to try new things and it really pushed me to discover how I could make a career though art.”

TestimonialsSarah Moss (Visual Arts Immersion Student)

“My time at NCAT is something I will never forget. Through encouragement from my teachers, I progressed faster than I could have imagined. The Visual Arts Immersion program taught me a positive work ethic, to embrace my creativity and to explore all the different mediums and pathways available.”

TestimonialsSarah Moss (Visual Arts Immersion Student)

“Since leaving NCAT, I have gone on to start my own business in the film and television industry; freelancing as a makeup artist for advertisements, feature films and television shows. I am currently working full-time in the Hair and Makeup Department of long-running Australian television show, Neighbours.”

TestimonialsSarah Moss (Visual Arts Immersion Student)

“NCAT will always feel like home for me, and I will always be thankful for the uplifting advice I constantly received from my teachers - pushing me in the right direction while giving me the space to improve myself self-sufficiently.
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TestimonialsSam Larsen (Visual Arts Immersion Student)

“I’m currently studying a Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration at RMIT and I wouldn’t be here without the incredible knowledge and support from all of the teachers that had a hand in my education. I can never speak highly enough about the opportunities I’ve been given and I recommend it to any creative inspired person who wants to excel in their area.
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TestimonialsNatasha Stamos (Media Teacher)

“Within the Visual Arts umbrella we also have the Arts Immersion program which is a vocational learning program where students are in a studio environment for four days a week. They also get all their literacy and numeracy through that.
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NCAT's Art Immersion program is two certificates over two years. The CUA20720 Certificate II in Visual Arts in Year 11 and the CUA31120 Certificate III in Visual Arts in Year 12. We have structured the course to maximise creative thinking space and support artwork development. The days are not divided into separate sessions, so students can concentrate fully on their creative research and art making.

Studio Practice

Students develop their individual arts practice through a series of targeted design processes. Classes are run in a studio environment, with provision of high-quality resources and personal mentoring to ensure each student can achieve their artistic potential. Students strive to develop a high level of technical proficiency, creative and critical thinking skills and personal ideas and imagery. Students attend gallery spaces around Melbourne and exhibit their own work in professional group exhibitions.

Workshops

Each week students attend a full-day workshop; structured, technical classes, exploring materials and techniques in photography, painting, drawing and design fundamentals. Each workshop begins by exploring relevant information from art history and theory and trialling new techniques. Students then apply the information and techniques learned in an individual artwork in response to a brief. Relevant health and safety procedures are taught and observed. In year twelve, students collaborate to design and create a wearable art piece for our legendary ‘Fashion Fortnight’.

Creative Enterprise

Students learn to apply their creative skills to product design and development, learning from professional designers and makers in a range of settings. Students learn to apply technology to product development to make professional-grade work, including laser cutting, 3D printing and the application of the Adobe suite. They learn essential business skills such as branding and marketing, costing materials and making a profit and sell their products at the college Arts festival “Couchfest.”

Professional Practice

Students investigate study and career opportunities through speakers, research and experience. They learn about opportunities, regulations and practices in the creative industries. They develop skills for job applications, interviews and personal promotion as well as developing tools such as resumes, websites and professional-quality portfolios.

Literacy

Students create and respond to a range of written and graphic texts. They discuss artworks and art-making practices verbally and in writing, and learn to describe, analyze, review, research and debate about art and artists. They learn about texts specific to the creative industries including grant and exhibition applications, manifestos and self-promotional texts such as artist statements. They use the planning, drafting and editing process to improve skills in personal expression, spelling and punctuation

Numeracy

Numeracy skills are explicitly taught during application to creative projects across the curriculum. Students use the problem-solving cycle to identify the mathematics and then apply the required approach to existing tasks such as technical drawing, exhibition design, risk assessments, cartography, market research and business processes.

Pathways

Upon successful completion of the qualifications, students may choose to pursue further study or work in the arts.

Many Visual Arts Immersion students progress to the NCAT Folio Preparation or NCAT Photography programs. These are one-year programs aimed at building industry-related skills including training in the Adobe Suite, access to specialist elective subjects, drawing and course and careers counseling, enabling students to find out where their abilities can best be directed into a career. Over the past 25 years NCAT Folio Preparation and NCAT Photography have established relationships with all of the major TAFEs and universities.

NCAT Visual Arts Immersion graduates are guaranteed a position in these highly-respected programs, subject to interview.

Direct entry to Swinburne University of Technology

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