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Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours)


Course details


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'll 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.

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  • 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

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What you will need

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking. Find out about discounted bus services here.

Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

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Paying for your study

Course related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

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