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Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours)


Course details

  • Jul 2024
    Feb 2025
  • One year
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $8,027* per year
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under Fees Free Policy
  • Level 8
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus


The Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) offers a contemporary, open and rigorous learning environment tailored to students' needs.

This is a postgraduate programme for students who wish to undertake an in-depth investigation into their chosen field, within a research-focused learning environment. Students will have the opportunity to respond to new developments in the communication, design, music, and visual arts fields.

As an Honours student supervision is provided for both the practical and the theoretical components of study. Additional supervision from external representatives of a student's professional field can also be established. Students will have frequent formal and informal meetings and critiques with other staff and students to discuss their work, helping to frame and respond critically to issues surrounding their practice at the level required by the professional world. The learning environment is good-humoured, varied and active, encouraging input from staff and students equally.

Facilities in the School of Media Arts are made available to students as determined by the nature and requirements of their project. Individual studio spaces, fabrication workshops and industry-standard digital and moving image facilities are provided for Honours students. Various test spaces, exhibition sites, tutorial and critique rooms are used for scheduled classes and for formative and casual review of work. Technical staff maintain the operation of facilities and equipment and are available to assist students in practical and logistical issues in their study.

What you will learn

The programme includes the study of two modules, which can be studied full or part-time:

Research practice (900 hours)
Includes a major studio-based research project and a parallel written research paper.

Contemporary theory (300 hours)
Includes a tutorial-based survey of some recent theories of relevance to the arts and media.

View programme modules

  • Every candidate for the Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) shall to the satisfaction of the Academic Board follow a programme of study for a period of normally not less than two semesters full-time or four semesters part-time.
  • Each candidate’s programme of study will comprise the following two modules, totalling 120 credits.
Module Code Module Name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
BM0Z400BContemporary Theory830
BM0Z405BResearch Practice890

Career/further opportunities

Graduates may be employed in a range of professional creative fields including as a designer, filmmaker, artist, advertising 
photographer, art director, teacher, cinematographer, editorial photographer, environmental designer, exhibition designer, film editor, film producer, freelance photographer, graphic designer, illustrator, photojournalist, scriptwriter, web designer, songwriter, or composer.

​​​About the faculty

This programme is offered by the School of Media Arts who provide innovative, interdisciplinary education that prepares students for careers in the creative industries.

Experienced staff and state-of-the-art facilities help you develop a unique range of skills and the ability to apply them in the professional world. Check out examples of student work, some of our successful graduates, Media Arts' Industry connections, all the latest news and events, and more.

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Entry criteria

Candidates must have:

i) completed the requirements of the Bachelor of Media Arts with a mark average of 65% or  better in 4 level 7 modules and a mark average of 65% in two contextual modules at level 5 and level 6, or

ii) completed an undergraduate degree specialising in communication, visual arts, design  or music  with mark average of 65% or better in 4 level 7 modules and a mark average of 65% in two modules containing a theoretical component at level 5 and 6, or

iii) a history of professional experience in communication, visual arts, design   or music  with the ability to undertake independent practical and theoretical research at a level equivalent to that which would be possessed by graduates of the Bachelor of Media Arts with a mark average as specified above. Relevance of professional experience will be determined on the basis of an interview and portfolio.

Selection criteria 

a) Any candidate for the Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) who is not a graduate of Wintec’s Bachelor of Media Arts degree will be required to submit a portfolio of recent work which demonstrates the nature and quality of their practice.

b) All application documentation submitted for assessment must be in English.
i) Candidates may be asked to submit an essay of 2500 words that discusses some aspect of theory that is relevant to their practice.  This may have been written in a previous module.

ii) Candidates may be asked to submit a portfolio of 10 works with a statement of intention of 500 words.

iii) Candidates may be asked to make a verbal presentation of their intended project

English language requirements 

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5, with no individual band score lower than 6.0; or equivalent.

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Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Semester 2 2024
Date: Monday 29 July 2024
Time: 11am-2pm
Venue: Events Room 1 and 2, City Campus

What you will need

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - payment and permits may be required. Learn more about parking and find out about bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

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Additional information


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