visual arts

Bachelor of Media Arts (Visual Arts)

Bachelor of Media Arts with endorsement in Visual Arts


Course Details

  • Feb 2018
    Jul 2018
  • Three years
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $6978 per year
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees Free Policy
  • Level 7
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus


If you want to develop skills and knowledge to prepare you for a career in visual arts and design, then this programme is right for you. You can choose to specialise one of the following endorsements, and with our flexible structure you'll also be able to tailor your degree with modules from other areas.

  • Painting and Sculpture You’ll study a range of contemporary art and illustration styles, and learn practical skills such as painting techniques and plastic, metal and wood fabrication for sculpture. You’ll also be setting up installations and learning the professional practice of designing and curating exhibitions.

If you're interested in Graphic and Digital Design or Moving Image, check out the Bachelor of Design.

If you're interested in Photography, Moving Image, Journalism or Public Relations, check out the Bachelor of Communication.

Key Features

Your Study Environment

Students have 24/7 access studios, gallery space and workshops. You’ll be working alongside other Bachelor and Post Graduate art students

Learn From Industry Specialists

Your tutors are active researchers and experienced artists. They regularly exhibit, present at conferences and are members of professional organisations relating to their specialist fields.

Interdisciplinary Learning

Your study in Media Arts will be project driven and involve collaboration with students from outside your field. You will gain insight, skills and techniques from other Media Arts disciplines and graduate with the ability and networks to apply those collaborative methods to your professional practice.


The third year Internship module offers you direct experience with highly regarded practitioners in the industry.

What You'll Learn

You will study 24 modules (or equivalent), in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Media Arts (minimum of 360 credits in total):

  • 13 Core Modules – compulsory practical and theoretical modules
  • 3 Stream Electives – explore your specialised area of interest with a selection from the Bachelor of Media Arts schedule of modules
  • 2 Contextual – theoretical modules to develop your understanding of the arts. You choose from a wide range of modules covering topics such as critical thinking, cultural influences and history.
  • 3 Intermedia modules – although you will regularly collaborate with students from other media arts disciplines, these modules will have a very particular focus on working across disciplines.
  • 3 Free Choice Electives that you can choose from any Media Arts discipline (eg: photography, moving image, music, graphic design etc)






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In your first year of study you will focus on content and process common to the Visual Arts endorsement.

Core modules (you will do all of the following)

Visual Arts Practice 1

Visual Arts Practice 2

Word, Image, Sound

Fundamentals of Design

Electives (choose 2 of the following list

Photography: An Introduction

Painting and Sculpture: An Introduction

Moving Image, An Introduction

Contextual modules (choose 1 from the following list)

History and Meaning of Fashion

History and Theory in Visual Arts and Design

Storytelling, Myth and Ritual

Film Analysis and Criticism

Interpreting Visual Culture

History of Popular Song


Additional modules are available upon consultation with a programme manager.


Second and Third Years - Painting And Sculpture

Specialising in Painting/Sculpture is primarily studio-based and focuses on developing your practical and theoretical knowledge of contemporary art practice. You will study conventions of contemporary sculpture, painting, illustration and intermedia-based practice and their related theoretical issues.

Don't Meet the Entry Criteria?

If you do not meet the entry criteria for this programme, you may wish to apply for the Certificate in Media Arts programme which is designed to prepare you for the Bachelor of Media Arts.

Career/Further Opportunities

The Bachelor of Media Arts will give you the skills for work in fields including illustration, arts education, and arts administration and management, as well as being a practicing artist.

Check out what some of our graduates are doing here

Application Process

  1. Check that you meet the entry criteria
  2. Submit your application to enrol form 
  3. Receive acknowledgement of your application
  4. Application assessed by the Bachelor of Media Arts review panel. If you do not meet the direct entry criteria you may be required to attend an interview. If this is the case you will need to bring a portfolio with you to the interview.
  5. Application outcome - You will receive a letter advising you of the outcome of your application
  6. Confirmation of entry - Letter confirming placement to be returned to the School

If a portfolio is required, it should contain:

A selection of work that forms a cohesive series. From this we want to understand that you are capable of developing a body of related work, and the way your ideas were investigated and developed. As a guide, we would expect around 15 pieces, or a moving image work with supporting material, i.e.:

  • A series of paintings and their related drawings, or
  • A series of sculptures / carvings with drawings

If you have completed NCEA level two or three in a visual arts or materials/ design technology subject, we encourage you to include images of those NCEA submissions in your application portfolio.

You may submit your work in digital or analogue format.

Any Questions?

Let us know if you have any questions about the application process, phone us on 0800 294 6832.


Still a Secondary School Student?

Want to experience communication for a day? Talk to your STAR Coordinator or Careers Advisor about doing one of the following Wintec Tasters.

  • Developing Photoshop Skills (one day)
  • Developing Screenwriting Skills (two days)
  • Introduction to Editing for Moving Image (two days)
  • Introduction to Illustrator (two days)
  • Introduction to Life Drawing (two days)
  • Short Video Production and Development (one day)

​​​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 excellent 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.

Come on a tour!

  • Book a tour and learn more about Wintec's School of Media Arts

Entry Criteria

NCEA Level 3 comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:

  • 14 credits each at NCEA Level 3 in three approved subjects including a Language Rich* subject; and
  • Literacy (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing); and
  • Numeracy (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above).


  • 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 in four subjects including 12 credits in a Language Rich* subject, or equivalent; or
  • a total score of 16 or less in four Sixth Form Certificate subjects including a Language Rich* subject, or equivalent; or
  • New Zealand University entrance or equivalent.

*(History, Classics, Media Studies or English)

English Language Requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International Language Test Score (IELTS) of 6.0 across all bands or equivalent.

Special Admission

Candidates who do not meet those entry requirements may be considered for provisional entry (if aged under 20) or special admission (if aged 20 or over): In such cases entry will be dependent on candidates demonstrating a reasonable likelihood of success in the programme. 


Want to see full details of the entry criteria?

Don't meet the entry criteria?



Transfer of Credit

Do you excel in your job but have no qualification to back it up? We can help you get qualified through our Recognition of Prior (RPL) Learning Tool.

While many people have gained work and life experience equivalent to that of formal study, they don't have that formal qualification to substantiate it. RPL allows you to use your current knowledge and experience towards gaining a recognised qualification through Informal Transfer of Credit.

The Process

If you are interested in applying, you can do so by emailing your profile through to:

There are four main areas you need to cover in your profile:
  1. Education History
  2. Experience Information
  3. Work experience Info
  4. Other evidence

Your profile will be forwarded to the relevant Team Manager to look at and determine if you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. Once this has been determined, a consultation meeting will be arranged between yourself and the Team Manager. There is a $75 fee for this consultation. At the consultation, the Team Manager will discuss which modules they believe you have the experience to gain Informal Transfer of Credit for and also what documentation you will need to supply.

You will then need to put together the required documentation and send it through to us. The Team Manager will assess the documentation and advise if what has been supplied is sufficient. If sufficient information is provided to gain Informal Transfer of Credit, there will be a charge of $25 per credit which will need to be paid prior to any Informal Transfer of Credit being issued.


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