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This degree is for those who want to find their own musical voice and actively engage and learn in a flexible and authentic environment.
Students will have 24-hour access to recording studios and practice/rehearsal spaces, including fully equipped production edit suites. Students will have the opportunity to undertake collaborative real-world projects with students from other disciplines, and with industry. The degree has pathways in Performance, Audio Production, Composition and Theatre.
Academic staff in this programme are all active practitioners within their fields, including staff who are composers, arrangers, musical theatre directors, actors, musical directors for theatre, studio producers, songwriters, sonic artists, and classical, jazz and popular performers.
Our Theatre endorsement is for creatives who want to pursue a variety of theatre pathways from arena musicals to intimate plays, dance shows to cabaret. Students will learn fundamental skills relating to:
Students will be taught on-stage in theatre environments, learning from some of New Zealand’s directors, choreographers, actors, musical directors, and writers. Students will be provided with opportunities to perform regularly within the Wintec Music and Performing Arts scene, and will be encouraged to audition for and participate in community, regional and national productions while studying.
Our Audio Production endorsement is for creatives who want to learn how to capture and shape sound in innovative ways. Students will learn fundamental skills relating to:
Student will technically engage with a wide range of music and multimedia contexts and develop a heightened sense of listening. Students will develop an understanding of the technologies and innovations of how sound is captured, manipulated and reproduced.
Our Composition endorsement is for creatives who wish to craft the elements of music. Students will learn fundamental skills relating to:
While music can be created as a standalone art form, it is more commonly experienced alongside video/film, theatre, games and other emergent technologies. Students will develop control of the technology needed to craft the elements of music for a range of musical genres.
Our Performance endorsement is for creatives who wish to perform original music in a live and studio setting. Students will learn fundamental skills relating to:
Students will develop a richer understanding of musical interpretation, as well enhance their practical, creative and critical skills to become a professional musician in a variety of performance settings. As part of the performance strand, students will have opportunities to learn from professional teachers to develop technical skills on their chosen instrument/voice.
Project-based learning is at the heart of what you’ll do. Each term students will do a bunch of structured learning with their tutors and in the last four weeks of the term they will get to apply their learning to a project, we call this time ‘project zones’. The project zones also provide opportunities for collaboration with students across the creative disciplines of Media Arts: Music and Performing Arts, Design (Visual Communication), Design (Fashion) and Contemporary Art.
Students will be with us Monday-Thursday, spending the majority of their time in a studio environment, or onstage, alongside other creatives. This time is structured so students can find their rōpū (group) and build a creative network, replicating the environment of work in post-study, while also allowing students the time and space to explore and experiment. Students will also have access to our studios and workshops outside of class time, so they can work whenever inspiration hits.
Students will get a backstage pass to our events, industry talks, gallery exhibitions, festival week, and performances. These enhance our teaching programme and provide conversations to provoke, challenge, and inspire creativity. These extracurricular activities not only fuel students' progress, but connect them with experts that will help launch a career. Students will also get to work alongside our musician-in-residence, learning from an expert at the height of their profession.
By the time students reach third year, they will be able to take their developing specialised skills, springboard off our connections, and be ready to move into a robust internship program that takes up the last half of the final year with us. This sets students up with real on-the-job experiences as they prepare for life beyond study.
In the first year of the Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts, students will take three core modules:
To complement these modules, students will add two electives of their choice so they can broaden their creative toolkit—these electives include introductory papers on Songwriting, Sound Fundamentals, Storytelling, Moving Image, Design, Photography, and more.
These courses will give students a secure grounding in the technical, theoretical, and professional skills of their discipline, while also exposing them to broader ideas about the arts and the cultural world around them.
Table A: Craft and core modules
|Module Code||Module title||Pre-requisites||Co-requisites||Credits||Level|
|MAPA501||Music and Performing Arts Craft 1||60||5
|MAPA601||Music and Performing Arts Craft 2||MAPA501||60||6|
|MAPA701||Music and Performing Arts Craft 3||MAPA601||30||7|
|CRIT501||Critical Methods 1||15||5|
|CRIT601||Critical Methods 2||15||6|
|PROF501||Professional Practice 1||15||5|
|PROF601||Professional Practice 2||15||6|
|PROF701||Professional Practice 3||30||7|
Table B: Project modules
|Module code||Module title||Pre-requisites||Co-requisites||Credits||Level|
|CRTV704||Art Education - Matauranga Toi|
Table C: Elective modules
|Module code||Module title||Pre-requisites||Co-requisites||Credits||Level|
|DSGN502||CMS Web Publishing||15|
|DSGN503||Graphic Design Fundamentals||15||5|
|CRTV501||Creative Special Topic 1||15||5|
|CRTV502||Creative Special Topic 2||15||5|
|MAPA505||Intro to Ensemble Performance||15||5|
|CRTV601||Creative Special Topic 3||60 credits level 5||15||6|
|CRTV602||Creative Special Topic 4||60 credits level 5||15||6|
|BMAXX100||Moving Image: An Introduction||15||5|
|BMALX142||Storytelling, Myth and Ritual||15||5|
|BMALX110B||History and Theory in Visual and Design||15||5|
|BMALX179||Interpreting Visual Culture||15||5|
12 credits at NCEA level 2
Visual Arts or Design
|SCRN503||Screen Technology One||SCRN502||15||5|
|JOUR505||Media Law and Context||15||5|
|BMA0G210||Illustration, Concept Media|
equivalent knowledge or
equivalent knowledge or
equivalent knowledge or
|BMAYX202B||Creative Writing Workshop||15||6|
|BMA0P230||Technical Workshop 1|
|BMAVX284||Drawing Through the Camera||BMA0X150||15||6|
Or other modules and packages of learning as agreed to by the designated Media Arts staff.
Table D: Option
|DFNZ701||Design Factory 1||30||7|
The 30 credit module DFNZ701: Design Factory 1 can be offered as an option within any Wintec degree programme, wherever the degree programme structures allows such an option. Admission into the Design Factory module is on negotiation with the Centre Director or delegated authority and selection into the module is in line with the Design Factory process.
In their third year of study, students can apply to study the 30 credit Design Factory NZ module. This experience teaches a range of problem-solving methodologies, which students will apply to a real-world challenge provided by an industry partner. Students
will work in a multi-disciplinary team alongside students from engineering, business, IT, sport and exercise science, media arts, and more.
Joining Design Factory NZ will provide students with the opportunity to learn and work in new ways, prototype solutions to complex problems, and develop their soft skills of creativity, empathy and communication - all in high-demand for the workplace of the future.
Read more about Design Factory New Zealand here.
Graduates will be qualified to work in a range of theatre, music, media, and creative roles. Graduates will have developed transferable skills and professional attributes that will position them for many other jobs, they will have the skills to work collaboratively and creatively within the increasingly complex and dynamic creative industries.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts are positioned to pathway into postgraduate programmes at Wintec such as the Bachelor of Media Arts with Honours.
General academic admission
a) Candidates are required to have:
i. NCEA Level 3 comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:
(1) 14 credits each at NCEA Level 3 in three approved subjects ; and
(2) Literacy (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing); and
(3) Numeracy (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above); or
ii. A relevant level 4 qualification; or
b) In exceptional cases, candidates with 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 across four subjects including 12 credits in a Language Rich subject, or equivalent, will be considered.
c) In addition, for admission into the BMusPA Composition and Audio Production endorsements, candidates will:
i. Have gained grade three music theory, or sit a music theory test as determined by the School, and
ii. submit a portfolio of work as specified below, and
iii. If shortlisted, may be required to participate in an interview and/or audition
d) For admission into the BMusPA Performance endorsement, candidates will:
i. Have gained grade 6 Practical Trinity College London, Royal School of Music London, Rock School London, or
ii. Attend an audition to demonstrate equivalent skills and abilities in instrumental performance.
e) In addition, for admission into the BMusPA theatre endorsement, candidates will:
i. submit a portfolio of work, and
ii. If shortlisted, may be required to participate in an interview and/or audition
Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.
Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee.
Selection will be determined on the basis of the candidate’s application and academic performance. An interview and written language test may also be required as part of the selection process.
English language requirements
a) 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,
Semester 1, 2019
Semester 2, 2019
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Year 1 students starting semester 2 2019
Date: Monday 22nd July
Venue: Events room 1, City Campus
9-9.30am Welcome, staff introductions, waiata
9.30am-12noon Tours with Coordinators, info session, student ID’s, parking and student logins
12-1pm Social Space, pizza lunch
1pm onwards Ramp Festival.
Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.
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