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A career in music can involve performance, recording, songwriting, production, teaching and a range of other roles. You’ll need an understanding of basic music theory and be familiar with the technical requirements of your instrument, mixing desk or software. Tasks could include rehearsing, marketing, developing songs or liaising with band members. Some musicians complete postgraduate study and move into secondary or tertiary teaching.

If you are seeking a career in commercial music then Wintec's Bachelor of Media Arts (Commercial Music) is an exciting and innovative programme specialising in songwriting/composition, music production or music performance. A feature of this programme is the industry-based projects which give students commercial practical experience. Music students have 24 hour access to six recording studios, including a three fully equipped Pro Tools HD systems, and 30 digital audio workstations.

Depending on your pathway, you'll write and record your own songs, become familiar with Pro Tools and Logic Pro audio software; or perform solo and in ensembles, as well as working in interdisciplinary areas. You'll have the opportunity of an internship, working at live sound events or with bands and artists from New Zealand and overseas. Your lecturers are active researchers and experienced musicians, developing their own work alongside their teaching.

If you don't meet the entry criteria for the degree, the Certificate in Media Arts is a 20-week introductory programme that delivers the basic knowledge and skills to prepare for a creative career. 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 programme.

Enthusiasts still at school might be interested in our one day STAR taster courses in Music Production. You can also come in as a 'student-for-a-day', which offers the opportunity to sample the Media Arts environment and teaching style before enrolling, or a book a tour to see our facilities.

Questions about our Music programmes? Contact Commercial Music Team Manager David Sidwell on david.sidwell@wintec.ac.nz.

Dave Baxter

Dave Baxter

Bachelor of Media Arts (Commercial Music) graduate

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Equipment & Facilities

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Getting the gear you need. Moving Image students have access to a wide range of filmmaking equipment including cameras, lights, and editing suites.

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Meet our team

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Pathways

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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, interior design, fashion 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, team work 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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