The Malta Independent on Sunday
MCAST Technical College launches new courses
The MCAST Technical College launched three new programmes: the MCAST Advanced Diploma in Cultural Heritage, the MCAST Diploma in Performing Arts and the MCAST Advanced Diploma in Food Technology.
The MCAST Technical College provides programmes of study at MQF/EQF Level 4 in close collaboration with industry. It prepares the students with the right knowledge, skills and competencies in order to take up technical positions within industry or progress to the MCAST University College. The Level 4 programmes also incorporate a wide range of apprenticeships in various fields enabling students to gain practical work experience while studying.
MCAST Advanced Diploma in Cultural Heritage
The MCAST Advanced Diploma in Cultural Heritage offered at the Institute for Creative Arts, is designed to address skills shortages in the heritage sector and to form skilled persons who support the conservation and preservation of cultural heritage. The first year of the programme will provide the necessary applied theoretical and ethical background for further training in technical aspects of cultural heritage and heritage skills during the second year. Possible options in the second year of the programme will be heritage skills in stone, metals and wood with the latter option including gilding. Bookbinding and leaf-casting are other alternatives. This training will be carried out in workshops, laboratories and sites.
There will also be the opportunity for practical on-the-job and off-the-job training as part of an apprenticeship or work placement. Depending on the chosen option, the graduate of the programme will have the knowledge, skills and competences to ethically collaborate with the curator, librarian, archivist, collections and sites manager, documentation specialist, conservation scientist and/or conservator restorer, and would normally work under the supervision of one of these. The graduate could find employment in museums, libraries, archives, churches, palaces, stately homes, and on sites as a key person supporting their conservation and preservation.
MCAST Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts
This two-year programme also offered by the Institute for Creative Arts, provides students with an opportunity to form an understanding of various performing arts subjects at an advanced level. Students will become familiar with fundamental principles and skills related to contemporary performing arts practice with a view to progressing to a higherlevel course in one of the branches of the performing arts.
The first year of this course focuses on elemental principles in the performing arts. Students will gain the necessary knowledge, skills and competences related to music, theatre, dance, management, production, design and technical aspects of the performing arts in preparation for more independent and focused study at undergraduate level. Following successful completion of their first year, learners will develop the aspects of Performance (Acting, Dance, Music) and Performing Arts Management further. This will allow them to gear up for progression to specific undergraduate programmes, leading to the formation of performing arts professionals.
MCAST Advanced Diploma in Food Technology
The food and beverage industry is a progressive sector which requires a number of highly skilled technical people to cope with constantly changing customers’ demands and new innovative production technologies. In such companies, food technologists monitor day-to-day manufacturing activities; ensure that safety and quality standards are met; improve existing products and design new and innovative foods and drinks.
The Advanced Diploma in Food Technology is a multidisciplinary programme offered across four institutes and includes topics on food analysis, product manufacturing, food safety, cost accounting and product design. The programme provides learners with the opportunity to gain knowledge, insights tools and skills on the industry through work-based elements and practical based modules. This programme prepares learners for employment within SMEs as well as medium to large organisations that produce a range of food and drink products.
MCAST is currently receiving applications between 8.30am and 12noon at the MCAST Students’ House in Paola. Further information and personal career advice on these new courses as well as all other courses can be obtained from the College’s career advisers on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning on 2398 7135/310. The career advisors will be available (without appointment) until 5 August, from Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 1.30pm at the Student’s House, MCAST Main Campus, Paola to answer any student queries and offer personal career guidance.