20 June 2012


The NCAT Visual Arts students and staff having been busy putting together a fabulous exhibition of NCAT student work as part of Northcote's Northern Exposure Festival.

Full time & part time NCAT Visual Arts students from years 11 and 12 worked along side our NCAT Folio Preparation students in the group show. The theme "Cameo" encouraged students to represent themselves visually in a snapshot of their artistic style.

The exhibition is on at the Northcote Town Hall's Rooftop Gallery, an intimate space in a great location. The gallery has some of the best northern views of Melbournes City skyline. (See photos).

NCAT Visual Arts staff Kylie O'Malley, Nicole Anderson & Sonia Baroudi (Right) guided the 11-12 Visual Arts students, who are currently completing Certificate II & III respectively in Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft. Their students exhibited a broad range of work. Highlights included extraordinary pin hole camera images and steampunk fashion outfits made from cardboard. NCAT Visual Arts facebook page is well worth a like.

NCAT Folio Preparation staff member, Sue Durham (Right) led our Certificate IV in Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft students, who presented two separate projects - A Fergus Binns inspired painting and a small 9x5 triptich. NCAT Folio Preparation's Facebook page has more images.

The professional standard of the work exhibited is a credit to the Northern College of the Arts & Technology visual arts staff, who are responsible for the fabulous reputation the college has in the wider visual arts field. Congratulations!

Special Thanks to the talented Crystal Vicario of Queen V Cakes, whose 'Cameo cake' (Left) was amazing!  When not making and decorating cakes, Crystal is a member of NCAT's administration team!

The opening night was a great success and our thanks go out to our generous sponsors without whom this event would not be possible:
Whirlwind Print, City of Darebin, Northcote Town Hall, Zart Art & Sarah Hankinson Illustration.
We Thank you!

The exhibition will continue until July 1 2012

4 June 2012


The NCAT rebrand is taking shape after 6 months of behind the scenes work by many dedicated people from both within the school and from our wider community. This is an exciting time for NCAT. It is a fresh start and marks the beginning of a new era for our College. 

The rebrand has been executed by Seesaw Design, whose director, Anita Ryley (McArthur) is an ex NCAT Folio Preparation student.

The brand, style of the typography and simplicity of the logo showcase a new direction for NCAT. The college allows students to reach their career destination, harness their potential while promoting an alternative teaching model.

The brand architecture has been streamlined to now only offer three elements. The college at group level is represented by a one colour logo-mark and logo-type. There are two sub groups or streams in which all courses offered by the college can sit within. All technology based courses will sit under the Technology stream, all arts courses will sit under the Arts stream. 

The Gotham Rounded font family has been chosen to complement the brand and provide a clean, modern and legible font option.This font family is also large in its varied weight and styling options. Its rounded letter forms reinforce the approachable and friendly brand that is NCAT.

"Inspired by signs on buildings, Gotham Rounded celebrates the workmanlike “draftsman’s alphabet” at a monumental scale. Similarly unadorned, but at a more intimate size, is the lettering of engineering: the marks on precision instruments, blueprints, stencils and templates. Drawn, stamped, engraved and routed, these forms are sensitively captured by the Gotham Rounded family". - Font Foundry Hoefler & Frere-Jones.