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

James Lloyd-Wyatt
Grace Robinson
Cameron Muncey

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

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.


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.