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Certificate in Media Arts (Level 4)


  • Semester 1 starts February 2018
  • Semester 2 starts July 2018
  • Duration - One semester full-time, or part-time equivalent
  • Fee Guideline - $3,187* (per semester). (International students: Please click here for fee information)
  • Campus - City Campus, Hamilton; Tokoroa, Tokoroa Tertiary Learning Centre, 71 Ashworth Street, Tokoroa
  • Other regional locations available subject to demand

This 20 week introductory certificate programme is ideal for you if you wish to develop your skills in Media Arts. You will learn the basic knowledge and skills you'll need to start your career in Visual Arts and Design, Communication, or Commercial Music.

The programme includes generic study skills as well as specialist skills in visual arts, music or communication. If you successfully complete the Certificate, you will be eligible to compete on merit for entry into the Bachelor of Media Arts, Bachelor of Communication, or Bachelor of Design programmes.

Programme Content

You will study 8 modules (or equivalent), in order to graduate with a Certificate in Media Arts (minimum 60 credits in total). This will include 4 core modules and 4 modules from your chosen pathway (Visual Arts, Communication or Commercial Music). 

If you meet the selection criteria for more than one endorsement, it is possible to study electives from different endorsements.

Four Core Modules:

  • Study Skills: Learn the principles and methods of effective learning, identify learning styles, develop and implement study programmes and set goals.
  • Written Communication: practical written skills from paragraph and essay writing structures, writing for purpose, and reflective writing processes.
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills: listening and assertiveness, speaking, non-verbal communication and leadership styles. Explores problem solving and negotiation as approaches to conflict resolution.
  • Media Portfolio: develop a portfolio of work, including a contextual description and a self-reflective review of your work.

Visual Arts

If Visual Arts is your chosen pathway, you will choose four of the following five elective modules:

  • Moving Image
  • Painting / Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Fashion Design Studies

You will be introduced to exisiting practices and procedures associated with each of the Visual Art modules. You will also develop your ability to analyse and interpret your own work in the medium in relation to cultural and historical contexts.

After completion, you can compete for entry into the Bachelor of Media Arts programme.


If Commercial Music is your chosen pathway, you will complete the following four modules:

  • Song writing
  • Music Technology
  • Music Studies
  • Performance

You will be introduced to the foundations of music theory and to a wide range of music and sound technologies. You will also create and perform your own composition. Modules are taught in relation to established professional practices with a mix of theory and practical assignments.

When you have successfully completed this certificate, you'll have developed skills for understanding, writing and recording music using industry technology, plus the opportunity to create a portfolio of your recordings. After you have successfully finished this Certificate, you can compete for entry into the Bachelor of Media Arts programme.


If Communication is your chosen pathway, you will complete the following four modules:

  • Journalism
  • Moving Image
  • Public Relations
  • Radio Studies

In each of the Communication modules you will be introduced to the conventions associated with the industry. You will learn a range of practical skills and develop your ability to analyse and interpret your own work.

If you meet the selection criteria for more than one endorsement, it is possible to study electives from different endorsements.


Group A (compulsory modules)

Module Code Module Name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
BMCA001Tertiary Study Skills45  
BMCA006Written Communication45  
BMCA007Interpersonal Communication Skills45  
BMCA008Media Portfolio45  

Group B (elective modules)

Module Code Module Name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
BMCA015Moving Image Studies410  
BMCA020Painting / Sculpture Studies410  
BMCA025Photography Studies410  
BMCA030Graphic Design Studies410  
BMCA040Radio Studies410  
BMCA050Music Technology Studies410  
BMCA055Music Studies410  
BMCA060Songwriting Studies410  
BMCA065Performance Music Studies410  
BMCA075Public Relations / Advertising Studies410  
BMCA080Journalism Studies410  
BMCA090Fashion Design Studies410  

When you've successfully completed this course, you are welcome to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Media Arts programme.

Key Features

Your Study Environment

Your study will take place in learning environments within Wintec which suit the specialist teaching areas. These include music studios, computer labs, art rooms, news rooms, YAK FM and editing suites. It also includes the use of specialist equipment like digital SLR cameras and design software. 

Learn from Industry Specialists

Your specialist subject tutors include researchers, academics and industry practitioners, many of whom also teach on the Bachelor of Media Arts and are active in their creative industry domains. 

Skills for Teritary Study

Core classes are taught alongside specialist subjects and aim to develop your study, research and writing skills to prepare your for teritary study. These are taught by staff with a keen interest and skill in foundation education.

Support and Recognition

You will have access to a range of formal and informal support when required. Your achievements will be celebrated in an exhibition and musical performance at the end of the course

Study Music in Tokoroa

Certificate in Media Arts (Level 4) Music

​Starts: 2017 for one semester 

Location: Tokoroa, Tokoroa Tertiary Learning Centre, 71 Ashworth Street, Tokoroa

​For further information, contact Wintec on 0800 294 6832.

Entry Criteria

  • Communication

    • 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English, or Equivalent qualification
  • Visual Arts

    • 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English and 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in Practical Art, Design or Photography, or Equivalent qualification
  • Commercial Music​

    • 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English and 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in Music, or Equivalent qualification

Special admission may be granted to candidates aged 20 years or over that do not meet the specified entry requirements. These candidates may be required to demonstrate an ability to successfully complete the programme through a process of an interview and / or assessment.

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0, with no individual band score lower than 5.5; or equivalent.

Check what documents are required to enrol in this programme.

Secondary School Students

Want to experience media arts for a day? Talk to your STAR Coordinator or Careers Advisor and do one of the following Wintec Tasters.

  • Introduction to Journalism (one day)
  • Introduction to PR & Advertising (one day)
  • 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 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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Application Process

  1. Check that you meet the entry criteria
  2. Submit your application to enrol form as well as:
    • a verified copy of your academic results (or a summary of your work experience).
    • portfolio of your work (tips for creating your portfolio can be found here​).
  3. Receive acknowledgement of your application
  4. Application assessed by the Bachelor of Media Arts review panel
  5. Interview with one of our tutors - This is an opportunity to review your study plans and discuss opportunities within the School. You may be asked to write a short essay on a current event at your interview
  6. Application outcome - You will receive a letter advising you of the outcome of your application
  7. Confirmation of entry - Letter confirming placement to be returned to the School

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