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Experience On Site for Degree Programs at NMIT

23 Apr 2007

Perspectives on the practical pervade the specialist, bachelor degrees at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) where studies have a strong academic focus as well as incorporating direct experience in NMIT's modern facilities.

The design of these degrees ensures students not only have the specific knowledge for employment in industry, but more significantly, the skills to apply that knowledge in practical and commercial environments.

NMIT offers bachelor degree studies in Applied Aquaculture, Australian Popular Music, Equine Studies and Viticulture & Winemaking, as unique opportunities in niche markets where students obtain practical experience in commercial-scale enterprises that mirror industry practice.

NMIT operates a 300-hectare thoroughbred stud, Northern Lodge , with 44 commercial mares and two stallions, in the northern region of Melbourne, where equine studies students are involved with thoroughbreds and through industry collaboration, also acquire knowledge about a wide range of other breeds and performance outcomes. They have experience in breeding, growing out and training horses for a variety of employment roles in the equine industry. They also study business management subjects.

In the aquaculture arena, NMIT boasts an Aquaculture Training & Research Centre at its Epping campus which incorporates both freshwater and marine systems. Students study the science and technology of aquaculture and learn how to develop infrastructure for the operation of an aquaculture enterprise on site at the Centre. Studies include aquacultural engineering, the husbandry and culture of various fresh and saltwater organisms in detail, as well as the biological aspects of these organisms and their nutrition. Other aspects of study include business management and marketing skills with access offered to outside industry enterprises.

Students in the viticulture & winemaking degree course engage in practical hands-on training at NMIT's 10-hectare vineyard in Eden Park, in the lush Plenty Valley, where they are exposed to the direct management and harvesting of different red and white wine varieties. This experience is complemented by their access to a 100-tonne winery at Epping to work in the pressing and fermentation process with the most sophisticated technology. They learn a variety of winemaking techniques. As testimony to NMIT's successful winemaking, the Institute has won 7 gold, 7 silver and 46 bronze medals for its wine since 2000 at prestigious wine shows around Australia.

The Australian Popular Music degree focuses on developing principal instrument skills to a professional level as well as learning to compose music in a students' preferred style. Located at NMIT's Fairfield campus, facilities include a modern music technology laboratory with state of the art Macintosh computer workstations and music keyboards, a recording studio, a digital audio editing facility, solo practice rooms and a performing arts theatre for the rehearsal and presentations of performances to an audience.

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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) – Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne’s north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce.  NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.