The Northern College of the Arts & Technology, (NCAT), caters for Year 10-13 students in Melbourne's North seeking a specialised education in the Visual Arts, Design, Photo-imaging, Performing Arts or Trades and Technologies. As well as being a Senior College it is also an RTO running over 30 VET programs from Certificate II to Diploma level.
NCAT provides individualised programs and pathways for students wanting to pursue further study, employment or training in areas such as Art, Multimedia, Animation, Digital Imaging, Fashion & Graphic Design, Audio/Music Production & Engineering, Dance, Music, Live Production & Events Management, Manufacturing, Automotive, Electro-Technology, Integrated Technologies, Engineering, Plumbing, Furniture & Musical Instrument Production, Building & Construction, and Sport & Fitness.
From Year 10 students can choose to follow an Arts or a Technology or stream and then continue to specialize at Years 11 and 12 where they can do VCE, VET or specialist integrated VCAL programs. Post Year 12 students can do VCAL Senior Extension (Folio Enhancement) programs in Design, Visual Arts and Photo-imaging.
As well as running programs for its own full-time students, NCAT is also a regional provider of VET training to over 450 students from 40 other state and private schools that come for training one day per week.
NCAT has specialist Arts facilities includes purpose-built studios for drawing, photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking, fabric and textiles disciplines as well as Apple Mac labs. In the area of Music NCAT has 10 fully equipped music practice rooms, 2 midi labs, its own music recording studio and large Music room. It runs all VCE Music subjects, as well as the VET Certificate II, III, and IV in Music and the Certificate III and IV in Sound Production.
NCAT is the only training provider in Australia running the Certificate III and IV in Musical Instrument Making and Repair. It also runs an apprenticeship program in patternmaking and casting technology for the Australian Foundry Industry.
The college is a recognized leader in Technology Education with Leading School status. Its VET programs are highly regarded for the quality and innovativeness of the delivery and the close links with industry. NCAT has unique, cutting edge $17 million trades and technology facilities with extensive sustainable and renewable energy areas for green-specific skill development