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Art and Design

Graphic design, illustration, sculpture, painting, fashion design, photography, moving image, interior design: these are the things that get your heart racing. Never happier than when you have a pencil, a paintbrush or other tools of the trade in hand, you know you’re destined for a career in the creative industries.

Learn how to problem solve and tell stories through a variety of mediums right here at Wintec. We’ll get you ready for the new world of work, so you can go out into the world confident in both yourself and your technical skills.

YOW sample poster design by Wintec Media Arts students Orchestra Central, the umbrella organisation for orchestral music in Waikato and Bay of Plenty, have launched a dynamic new brand identity, developed by Wintec Media Arts students.

Industry Feedback

Orchestra Central, the umbrella organisation for orchestral music in Waikato and Bay of Plenty, have launched a dynamic new brand identity, developed by Wintec Media Arts students.

The students came up with a new brand strategy for the United Youth Orchestra that comes under the Orchestra Central banner. On the students’ recommendation, The United Youth Orchestra is now called Youth Orchestra Waikato (YOW) and has a fun, cool logo.
 
“The students’ design has been adopted easily by everyone – our musicians love it and we loved working with the students at Wintec.

We felt the students really understood what we were aiming for and the new ‘YOW’ brand fits well within the Orchestra Central family and as a standalone brand. The proof was in the pudding – our musicians are saying the ‘YOW’ anagram makes people smile and our ‘YOWsers’ are wearing the logo with pride!”

Susan Trodden, Chief Executive, Orchestra Central

Graphic/Digital Design Programmes

A career in graphic/digital design involves bringing ideas, stories and concepts to life through engaging visual interpretation. 

Graphic/digital designers create everything from websites and computer-game graphics to motion graphics and animation, and may work in a variety of industries, including entertainment, education, and advertising.

Fashion Design Programmes

Want to be involved in the fast-paced industry of fashion design? You’ll need a passion for design and production, a creative approach to finding practical solutions, and project management skills to bring it all together. 

Read more about Fashion Design here.

Fine Arts Programmes

Fine art graduates interpret our culture and world in a critical way, communicating their ideas with imagination and skill. 

Career options are wide, and will depend on your skills and preference. A professional artist will develop, refine and create work, submit grant and residency proposals, and reach buyers through exhibitions in galleries or their own promotion. Curators choose and coordinate work for art exhibitions, while gallery managers develop programmes and work with artists. An arts administrator might assist with project and event management, working on promotion and scheduling. Some fine artists complete postgraduate study and move into education roles as art teachers and lecturers. 

Moving Image Programmes

Moving Image professionals work with a team to create films, television programmes and promotional video work. Options within this career include technical, creative and managerial positions, which each have their own skillsets. A producer coordinates and supervises a production, with the director driving the creative component and translating a story to the screen. Camera operators, sound designers, art directors, gaffers and visual effects editors all contribute to the success of the production. Employment may be project-based or in-house. Planning, perseverance and organisational skills are important, along with maintaining good industry connections.

Photography Programmes

Can you capture strong images that tell a story? A photographer career offers the opportunity to work anywhere from a local wedding to the Olympics. Many photographers work for newspapers, or are employed on a freelance basis by advertising agencies, businesses, or individuals. Others share their skills at secondary or tertiary level as educators. A self-employed photographer will often manage and market their own business. They’ll liaise with clients, arrange the technical requirements for a shoot, and deliver photographs online or in albums.

Photography is a pathway within Wintec’s Bachelor of Media Arts (Visual Arts) degree. Your study will include practical camera technique, on-location and studio lighting, digital workflow and post production. Specialising in photography provides students with a balance of technical/studio classes, research projects and critical discussion. Students will study the currency and conventions of photography practice with technical skill-based modules. You will be encouraged to use these skills to further your individual projects for varied interests and outputs.

Facilities

No matter what your preferred creative discipline is, you’ll hone your craft in spaces that encourage and foster creative conversation, noise-making and experimentation. Our Art and Design facilities are spread through three
 blocks, and include a dedicated interior design and fashion design studio with commercial sewing machines; three iMac-based computer labs; painting studios for third year and postgraduate students; a wood, lasercutting and sculpture workshop; photography
 studios; editing labs; and a darkroom. We’re proud of what our students achieve, which is why our facilities also include dedicated gallery spaces to showcase student work. Our students are also exposed to our on-site gallery, Ramp Gallery,
 and gradutes often showcase their work here. 

Pathways

Semester 1, 2019

Communication Pathway Diagram

Semester 2, 2019

Media Arts pathway diagram for semester 2 2019

About the Faculty

At the School of Media Arts we provide innovative, interdisciplinary education that prepares students for a future in the creative industries.

If you're interested in graphic design, communication, moving image, digital media, painting, sculpture, photography, animation, interior design, fashion design, journalism, public relations, songwriting, or commercial music, Media Arts' programmes of study are a great place to begin your career. 

Experienced staff and industry standard facilities help you develop a unique range of skills and the ability to apply them in the professional world. There are always challenges for students entering a rapidly changing work environment. Innovation, expertise, team work and an awareness of contemporary communication strategies are highly valued. We are very conscious of the preparations necessary and believe that we provide a unique learning environment that encourages students to work collaboratively while developing a strong individual practice in a chosen field. We strive to provide students with the right mix of technical problem-solving and interpersonal skills, all informed by an awareness of professional expectations.

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Undergraduate Course Guide (Prospectus)

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