Visual Arts

NCAT Visual Art is offered at several levels from Year 10 to Certificate IV post-secondary. Students can integrate a VET certificate in visual arts within a VCE or VCAL syllabus.
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.

About Visual Arts at NCAT

Emerging trends in art, photography, jewellery, textiles and fashion enable greater opportunities for exhibition and career promotion. Employment opportunities range from commissioned work to new areas within collaborative art companies, small businesses and community project work.

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.


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CUA20715 Certificate II in Visual Arts - VCAL Art and CUA31115 Certificate III in Visual Arts - VCAL Art courses in Visual Arts can be integrated within a VCE or VCAL program.

CUA41315 Certificate IV in Visual Arts is undertaken within the Folio Preparation program.

CUA31115 Certificate III in Visual Arts - CREATE course in Visual Arts can be studied within the NCAT Create program.

VCAL Visual Art - Immersion Program

In the full-time VCAL themed course, VCAL subjects and VET Units of Competence are combined to create the following subjects:
  • Studio Practice - Students conduct independent artistic investigations in two & three dimensions, and undertake at least one extensive collaborative project. This subject runs for two days per week.
  • Digital Drawing - Students develop drawing skills, both observational andf imaginative, and the use of digital programs to extend their drawing potential
  • Workshops - Students improve their understanding & application of artists tools & materials, and work with professional artists & designers in a range of settings. Gallery & exhibition visits encourage participation in the creative community, with the opportunity to exhibit or sell their own work. This subject runs for a day each week.

Students can also undertake 4 periods of a VCE  subject at the appropriate level, and an additional VET subject.


VCE Visual Art

A range of Visual Art subjects are available at VCE level. These may be combined with Visual Communication Design, Multi Media, Media, Product Design (Textiles), or performance based subjects, and with VET subjects.

Studio Arts

Studio Arts (Photo Imaging)

Studio Arts addresses issues of popular culture and establishing personal art styles. There is a focus on contemporary art, with students visiting artist studios & exhibitions, and College-based workshops & tutorials with visiting artists. Students have the opportunity to explore new mediums and ways of doing things, while developing their own artistic style, annotating, & idea development. For further information


VET in Schools students may also study one day a week through the CUA20175 Certificate II in Visual Arts - VETIS program.