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Communication is the art of storytelling and opens the door to a variety of careers, giving you the skills to create your future. Become a specialist in advertising, content creation, creative media production, journalism, digital marketing, professional and creative writing. Cut through the noise and add value to audiences, and help shape the future of the media and communication landscape in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and beyond. 

Wintec School of Media Arts has communication programmes for all levels of study that will help you achieve your career goals.

The Bachelor of Communication degree develops your skills to thrive in the media and communication industries nationally and internationally. It is future-focused with a strong core of media writing and content creation, along with critical thinking, and professional practice. You will engage with industry from day one, building their professional-personal brand. Learn practical skills producing real-world digital and social media content, managing campaigns, honing photography and video production expertise, along with publishing and multimedia storytelling. Additionally, you have the opportunity to gain the New Zealand Diploma in Journalism while studying for your degree if you choose to enrol in this option. 

If you do not meet the entry criteria or would like to experience an introduction to study, our Te Ara Pūtake programme will equip you with the basic knowledge and skills to prepare for a creative career.

Are you still at high school? You might be interested in our one-day STAR taster course, Creative Media, or may want to take part in a student-for-a-day experience. These opportunities give you a sample of the media arts learning environment before enrolling. You can also book a tour to have a look around all our facilities. If you are interested in either of these options, please get in touch with us by email.

For those considering a career change or wanting to further develop their career in media and communications, our Graduate Diploma in Communication is a one-year (full time) course that will develop advanced skills in media or creative writing, advertising, communication strategy, content creation, or digital marketing. Choosing a mix of papers tailored to you ensures you are ready to excel in the communication career of your choice. You will work with real clients, collaborate with others, and execute creative social campaigns through various media platforms. 

Graduates of a Bachelor of Communication or those who have proven industry expertise are perfectly positioned to pathway into postgraduate study with a one-year Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) followed by a one-year Master of Arts. As a postgraduate student, you will undertake a year-long project incorporating creative research and creative production, which is perfectly suited to in-depth communication studies, creative writing, screenwriting and production, photography, or podcast projects, to name a few. You also have the opportunity to execute a creative research project to the highest level and to open more career doors with a postgraduate qualification. 

Scroll down to view our suite of programmes. Do you have any questions? Please get in touch with our Team Manager Wendy Richdale by email.

"I didn't want to learn at a place with an exam culture. With its focus on hands-on learning and practical assignments, Wintec feels the right place for me. I was surprised by the range of disciplines communications covers, like videography, photography, journalism, and digital marketing, which continues to develop my abilities and thinking as a creative person."

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Our programmes

Why study with us? 

Be part of the creative community at Wintec School of Media Arts while you study Bachelor of Communication, Graduate Diploma in Communication, New Zealand Diploma in Journalism, or postgraduate degrees.  

As part of the School of Media Arts you will be surrounded by creativity, with opportunities to explore your communication skills and expand your horizons working alongside other creatives. 

Project-based learning is at the heart of what you will do from day-one. With practical assessments, work-integrated learning, real clients, and industry experience consistently applied through each year of study, this degree gives you the tools to build a dynamic network from day-one, developing a digital portfolio and strong professional-personal brand to give you an advantage with future employers. 

In addition, school wide ‘project zones’ are timetabled to enable collaboration with other students from across the creative disciplines of media arts: music and performing arts, design (visual communication & spatial) and contemporary art. Take these opportunities to let your creative communication ideas come to life. 

You will be timetabled in workshop-based classes, working in a creative agency environment alongside your peers, and with industry specialist tutors guiding your learning. This time is structured so you can find your rōpū (group) and build a creative network, replicating the environment you will work in after graduating, whilst also allowing a safe space to explore and experiment. You will have 24-hour access to our studios and workshops, and can borrow technical equipment where needed, so you can work whenever inspiration hits.


Media Arts pathway diagram for semester 2 2019

To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

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, spatial 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, teamwork 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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