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If you are seeking a career in commercial music then Wintec's Bachelor of Media Arts (Commercial Music) is an exciting and innovative programme relevant to song writing / composition, music production and performance.
The Commercial Music endorsement of the Bachelor of Media Arts is for you if you wish to focus on the performance, composition or production of music. 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 fully equipped Pro Tools HD system with, a Control 24 mixing console, and 25 digital audio workstations. Under the Media Arts umbrella you will have the opportunity to undertake collaborative projects with arts and media students in disciplines such as moving image, graphic design, photography, painting / sculpture, journalism and public relations / advertising. Your projects will involve; sound for film, installations, television and radio advertising.
In your first year you will study:
For various projects, you will join with other students in other programmes such as Moving Image, Graphic Design, Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising, Painting, Sculpture and Photography. It's an exhilarating way to learn, and your projects could involve sound for film, installations, and television or radio advertising.
During SPARK, Wintec's annual week-long festival of media, arts and design, a range of world class professionals in art, design, music, writing and more gather to engage, educate, and inspire students. You'll gain valuable insights into the professional world and how it works.
The Bachelor of Media Arts may lead to employment as a Musician, Audio Engineer, Songwriter, Sound Designer, Composer or Music Producer.
NCEA Level 3 comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:
*(History, Classics, Media Studies or English)
In addition, for admission into the Commercial Music endorsement's songwriting and music production pathways, candidates will:
For admission into the Commercial Music endorsement's Contemporary Music Performance pathway, candidates will:
Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test Score (IELTS) of 6.0 across all bands.
Special admission may be granted to candidates aged 20 years or over who 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.
If you do not meet these requirements see the Certificate in Media Arts (Level 4).
Download the full programme regulations:
Your portfolio of work must include an audition CD, USB drive or internet link containing two songs of no more than two minutes duration:
Note: Please indicate what instrument(s) you are playing. The work can be a simple "home" recording.
You must include a one page Curriculum Vitae:
You must include a 300 word essay stating why you wish to be accepted on to the Commercial Music programme:
Note: Please submit work on A4 sheets. Please put your name on each piece of work, including the USB/CD.
Check what documents are required to enrol in this programme.
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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With more than 40 years involvement in music and theatre as musical director, composer, orchestrator/arranger and pianist in a broad range of musicals, it is no wonder David Sidwell has become one of the country's most highly acclaimed directors of musical productions.
As an accomplished pianist, David has worked with numerous New Zealand recording artists and featured as the pianist for the New Zealand Film Archive touring road shows. His work as arranger and orchestrator has taken him throughout New Zealand, Australia, and the USA.
As a composer, David's composition, Recuerde el Pasado, had its world premiere in Kazan, Russia at the "Muz-Tranzit" festival, 2007. His work Conversation Between Theremin & Soprano premiered in August 2011, featuring Lydia Kavina (Theremin) and Pamela Wallace (Soprano) and more recently in Kazan at the International conference "Galeyev Readings", Kazan Tupolev National Reseach Technical University.
Having recently completed the soundtrack for Yaniv Saves the World, a documentary film, David is currently composing a musical based on the short stories of the Russian author Nikolai Gogol. A concert workshop performance of this is scheduled for August at SPARK - Wintec's School of Media Arts, Arts Festival.
In his early career as Musical Director, some of David's many productions included Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Evita, Annie, Hello Dolly!, Nunsense I & II, Juke Box, A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, Gypsy and Caught in the Act (with Tina Cross).
With the support of musical theatre giants Bobbie Alderton and Robert Young, David made the ambitious move to Director. His many successful productions include; My Fair Lady, Hair, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Mack and Mabel, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Chess - the musical, Big - the musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, 70, Girls, 70, Les Misérables, Tell Me On A Sunday, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Fame, Seussical, Blood Brothers, Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors, Crazy For You, Forbidden Broadway, AIDA, Hairspray, the 'audience participation' version of The Sound of Music, a 'new experience' Grease and the sensational Hamilton seasons of The Rocky Horror Show, CATS! and OLIVER starring Richard O'Brien as Fagin.
Working professionally with theatre groups in Australasia, David has had rewarding seasons as Director for Andrew Lloyd Webber & Friends (Gold Coast & New Zealand), Westend to Broadway with Wellington Musical Theatre and the Wellington Sinfonia, Tell Me On A Sunday (Circa Theatre), the critically acclaimed Wellington productions of West Side Story and Phantasmic and the New Zealand premiers of The Secret Garden, Big - the musical, The Full Monty and High School Musical.
David manages the Postgraduate and Music Department in the School of Media Arts at Wintec. David's 2014 production schedule will see him direct Broadway on the Boardwalk for the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, Phantom of The Opera!,Pippin (for St Peter's School) and AIDA for Rotorua Boy's and Girl's High Schools, whilst also carrying out preliminary research and preparation for MAMMA MIA, 2014. Alongside these full-scale productions David will direct the entertainment for numerous community events.
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