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Northern College of the Arts & Technology


The College’s approach to curriculum design has attracted national acclaim, responding to industry demand and evolving tertiary preparation requirements through curriculum design innovation. Personalised curriculums are developed with respect to a student’s chosen specialisation. Our teachers are respected industry professionals, delivering a hands-on learning approach to foster lateral thinking and confidence.

The College embraces hands-on learning as a pathway to success for students progressing toward further study or direct employment with industry. In conjunction with theory, hands-on and investigative learning techniques are at the heart of the College’s curriculum design. Hands-on learning involves investigation and working through real practical projects. Learning through application encourages flexibility and lateral thinking. Confidence, teamwork and co-operation skills are developed for real world application.


As a College, we recognise multiple types of intelligence. We reward practical problem solving, creativity, lateral thinking, building, fixing, designing and innovating. Every student benefits from a personalised curriculum designed to encourage personal growth, individuality and creativity. Our hands‐on learning approach develops confidence, teamwork, mutual respect and co‐operation skills for students who wish to pursue further study, apprenticeships or employment.


The College’s $17 million dollar technology and trade facilities incorporate extensive sustainable and renewable energy areas for green-specific skills development. Industry standard equipment delivers workplace simulation, with industry contributing some of this high-level equipment in recognition of the importance of up-skilling students in current and emerging technologies.

All classrooms are fitted out with new computers and electronic, interactive Smart Boards. Building and construction boasts an extensive workshop space with attached theory classrooms. Three large specialist training areas are dedicated to electrotechnology, integrated technologies and telecommunications, supported by a Rooftop Renewable Energy Training facility.
Automotive workshops include access to modern repair equipment including a spray booth. Engineering workshops are furnished with Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machines, laser cutters, milling machine and dedicated welding and thermo-cutting bays.

The furniture and woodwork workshop includes a specialist musical instrument making and repair area with an industry standard CNC routing machine. A pattern making and foundry facility is available for the training of apprentices.


The College’s arts facilities include purposebuilt studios for drawing, photography, dance, painting, sculpture, printmaking, fabric and textiles disciplines. Budding musicians mix a modern recording studio and digital audio workstations with the historical tones of a piano played by the greats of world jazz, purchased from Bennett’s Lane Jazz Club.

Arts program areas have their own state of- the-art Mac and PC labs furnished with i-Pads, video facilities, full design software suites, animation and web design software. Our Trade Training Centre provides facilities for computer-aided drafting, cutting and forming equipment for model making and prototyping.


We employ staff with an established and successful history in their chosen profession. Invaluable insights contribute to all aspects of the College’s curriculum design across the arts, trades and technologies. Industry experience and commercial insights ensure that the College’s content, facilities, equipment and teaching methods are constantly updated and adapted to reflect industry standards, along with current tertiary expectations. Personalised curriculum design in The College is continually developing.


• Creative Industries (Media)
• Dance (Performance)
• Dance (Teaching and Management)
• Design
• Furnishing
• Folio Preparation
• Live Production, Theatre and Events
• Music
• Music (Performance)
• Music (Industry)
• Musical Instrument Making and Repair
• Media (Screen Production)
• Photo imaging
• Visual Arts and Contemporary Craft

• Automotive Technology
• Building and Construction
• Electrotechnology
• Engineering
• Fitness
• Furniture Making
• Integrated Technologies (Telecommunications)
• Manufacturing Technology
• Musical Instrument Making and Repair
• Plumbing

Northern College of the Arts & Technology

62 Murray Road
Preston, VIC 3072
Phone: 03 9478 1333
Fax: 03 9471 0929



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Key Details:

  • Type: Government
  • Level: Senior
  • Gender: Coed
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Indigenous Education: Yes
  • Learning Extension: Yes
  • Performing Arts Academy: Yes
  • Scholarships: Yes
  • Sporting Academy: Yes
  • Trade School: Yes
  • Mature Age Students: Yes


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