What is Folio Preparation?

PREPARE | CREATE | INFORM NCAT FOLIO PREPARATION
Folio Preparation provides portfolio enhancement and a proven pathway for students seeking entry into tertiary courses within the Visual Arts or Design areas or employment in the creative industries. It offers students creative skills, confidence and a fine folio.The NCAT Folio Preparation course is designed to:
  • Provide students with a tailor-made program that suits their individual needs & requirements.
  • Build student’s confidence and creative maturity
  • Improve students’ practical and conceptual skills, and provide them with a substantial body of practical work for Tertiary interview and entrance. 
  • Provide detailed careers research and counselling to enable students to make informed choices regarding the multitude of art & design courses and careers on offer. 
  • Introduce students to new media 
  • Introduce students to the Adobe suite of computer programs including Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Indesign, building their creative computer skills to a proficient level 
  • Cater for a range of skills and interests, from beginners to advanced students 
  • Enable mature-aged students seeking a career change to build their practical and conceptual skills and to create a comprehensive portfolio
  • Enable students to trial a wide range of skills and techniques in either art or design discipline
UNIQUE STATUS
NCAT Folio Preparation is a unique government funded, portfolio preparation course, that provides both an opportunity to build art or design skills and a pathway for students seeking entry into university courses in design and visual arts areas. 
From its inception in 1989, Folio Preparation has been integral in launching the art and design careers of it's students.
EDUCATORS
Widely respected in the creative industries and in art & design education, the staff at NCAT Folio Preparation are an experienced & dedicated team of practicing artists and designers.
NCAT FOLIO PREPARATION: VISUAL ARTS STREAM
Express and expand your creative skills in a studio environment. Explore visual art processes through hands-on workshops with professionals who seek to inspire.
Wheter you are planning a career in the visual arts, considering further study or exploring options for a more creative life, we bring your ideas and practical skills together to help you realise your creative vision.
VISUAL ARTS SUBJECTS
  • Art Studio
  • Art Workshop
  • Contemporary Art Practice
  • Life Drawing
  • Illustration
  • Culture and Context
  • Industry Practice

We bring ideas and practical skills together to help you plan your career in the design industry. If you are considering further study, we will work with you to realise your creative direction.
Explore the broad design field or choose to focus on a speciality such as graphic design, spatial design, games design, or illustration.
Express and expand your creative skills through hands-on workshops, industry exposure and innovative design practice with professionals who seek to inspire.
DESIGN SUBJECTS
CORE:
  • Design Studio
  • Design Workshop
  • Photo-Imaging
  • Drawing for Design
  • Culture and Context
  • Life Drawing
  • Industry Practice
ELECTIVES:
  • Spatial Design
  • Illustration
  • Concept Art
  • Art for Design
FACILITIES

Facilities include two labs with 20 Apple iMacs in each, a full class set of Apple iPads, a purpose built life drawing studio, Fully equipped Visual Arts studios, photographic lighting studio, DSLR Cameras, Wacom tablets, 3-D printer, design studios, student lounge, exhibition spaces, access to state of the art technology workshops (Laser cutters, vinyl cutters) and an onsite cafe. 

DIPPING YOUR TOE IN THE WATER

To the disillusioned out there, change is possible! Every year we accept into our courses mature age students of all ages, who dream of fulfilling their creative urges but just don't know where to start. For them it is all about putting a toe in the water... building skills and confidence, getting exposed to the rich world of art and or design and avoiding the preclusive costs of higher education. Some are wanting a career change and are looking to build a comprehensive portfolio for further study or employment.

DUAL QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants are able to choose between: 
  • CUA40715 Certificate IV in Design
  • CUA41315 Certificate IV in Visual Arts

In addition, students gain the nationally accredited 
  • VCAL Senior Extension - Folio Enhancement
NCAT Folio Preparation tailors learning to students' individual pathway needs with elective and extension subject offerings.
Northern College of the Arts and Technology is a Registered Training Organisation. RTO No 6736.
EX-STUDENT RECOMMENDATIONS
We know the best people to ask about Folio Preparation are our ex-students. They are now artists, curators, graphic designers, visual merchandisers, interiors designers, animators, visual effects artists, photographers, fashion designers, illustrators, games designers, architects, advertisers, industrial designers, art directors, dreamers and visionaries.
Read about what they thought of their time with us, and the impact that time has had on their pathway into the creative industries.

PATHWAYS
The NCAT Folio Preparation course offers an alternative to ATAR-Score based University entry. Strong links have been forged between the course and a number of Tertiary pathways. These links include direct entry arrangements, scholarships, second year entry and alternatives to ATAR prerequisites for students who receive a distinction grade average in our course.



COURSE COSTS
NCAT Folio Preparation is fully government funded and does not charge tuition fees.
There is a materials charge of $800 payable on enrolment that covers the art/design materials used whilst in class. Students use their own materials for home use.

PATHWAYS
The NCAT Folio Preparation course offers an alternative to ATAR-Score based University entry. Strong links have been forged between the course and a number of Tertiary pathways. These links include direct entry arrangements, scholarships, second year entry and alternatives to ATAR prerequisites for students who receive a distinction grade average in our course.

COURSE COSTS
NCAT Folio Preparation is fully government funded and does not charge tuition fees.
There is a materials charge of $800 payable on enrolment that covers the art/design materials used whilst in class. Students use their own materials for home use.
LOCATION
NCAT Folio Preparation is located in Preston on the campus of Northern College of the Arts and Technology in Melbourne's creative inner north.
62 Murray Road, Preston, 3072
TRANSPORT OPTIONS 
Next door to Northern College of the Arts and Technology is Northland Shopping Centre, a public transport hub with buses connecting to the rail network. 
HOW TO APPLY

You will need to apply directly to NCAT Folio Preparation, not through VTAC. Please note that we are listed in the VTAC Guide.. 
We accept applications from mid year onwards. On receiving your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time. We interview students from August onwards. Applications after December will be accepted, however only early applications can be guaranteed a place in the course.
You will be required to bring some creative work to your interview to give us an idea of your existing skills and interests. This could include some evidence of drawing/design/art work or any other supplementary information you regard as creative.
Applicants to this course MUST have satisfactorily completed the VCE/VCAL senior or if over 21, be able to display equivalency to VCE/VCAL Senior through experience. We understand that you may not have received final VCE/VCAL results on application but be aware that NCAT Folio Preparation course offers are provisional on you successfully gaining your VCE or VCAL Senior qualification.
Application forms are available online at ncat.vic.edu.au or by downloading a form by going to the apply tab on this blog. 
For further information about the course or to submit an application, please contact:
NCAT Folio Preparation

Telephone: (03) 9478 1333







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