Music and performing arts students on stage

Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts

BM1901

Course Details

  • Feb 2019
  • Three years
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $6531 per year
  • Level 7
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus

Summary

Our Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts is for creatives who want to work in the vibrant music and theatre industries.  With the opportunity to specialise, you can become an industry-ready expert, equipped to bring your creative ideas to life.
As you move through your three-year degree you will learn and fine tune your skills and craft of your chosen endorsement: Audio Production, Composition, Performance, or Theatre. 

 

Theatre

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. You will learn fundamental skills relating to:

  • Acting techniques
  • Voice and movement
  • Directing and producing
  • Stage managing or designing sets, sound and lighting.

You will be taught on-stage in theatre environments, learning from some of New Zealand’s directors, choreographers, actors, musical directors, and writers. You’ll 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.

 

Audio Production

Our Audio Production endorsement is for creatives who want to learn how to capture and shape sound in innovative ways. You will learn fundamental skills relating to: 

  • Audio Engineering
  • Mixing
  • Sound Designing
  • Producing

You will technically engage with a wide range of music and multimedia contexts and develop a heightened sense of listening. You’ll develop an understanding of the technologies and innovations of how sound is captured, manipulated and reproduced.  

 

Composition

Our Composition endorsement is for creatives who wish to craft the elements of music. You will learn fundamental skills relating to:

  • Songwriting
  • Music and multimedia
  • Notation and recording technology
  • Instrumental genres and styles including film/game music, classical music, and sound art

While music can be created as a standalone art form, it is more commonly experienced alongside video/film, theatre, games and other emergent technologies. You will develop control of the technology needed to craft the elements of music for a range of musical genres. 

 

Performance

Our Performance endorsement is for creatives who wish to perform original music in a live and studio setting. You will learn fundamental skills relating to:

  • Vocal and instrumental technique
  • Performance stagecraft
  • Vocal, instrumental, and ensemble performance
  • Studio recording
  • Songwriting

You will develop a richer understanding of musical interpretation, as well enhance your practical, creative and critical skills to become a professional musician in a variety of performance settings. As part of the performance strand, you will have opportunities to learn from professional teachers to develop technical skills on your chosen instrument/voice.

How you'll learn

Project zones

Project-based learning is at the heart of what you’ll do. Each term you'll do a bunch of structured learning with your tutors and in the last four weeks of the term you'll get to apply your learning to a project, we call this time ‘project zones’. The project zones also provide opportunities for you to collaborate with students across the creative disciplines of Media Arts: Music and Performing Arts, Design (Visual Communication), Design (Fashion) and Contemporary Art.     

Classrooms for creatives

You’ll be with us Monday-Thursday, spending the majority of your time in a studio environment, or onstage, alongside other creatives. This time is structured so you can find your rōpū (group) and build your creative network, replicating the environment you’ll work in post-study, while also allowing you the time and space to explore and experiment. You’ll also have access to our studios and workshops outside of class time, so you can work whenever inspiration hits.

Specialists and mentors

You’ll 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 your creativity. These extracurricular activities not only fuel your progress, but connect you with experts that will help launch your career. You’ll also get to work alongside our musician-in-residence, learning from an expert at the height of their profession.

Internships and Industry

By the time you reach third year, you will be able to take your developing specialised skills, springboard off our connections, and be ready to move into a robust internship program that takes up the last half of your final year with us. This sets you up with real on-the-job experiences as you prepare for life beyond study. 

What you'll learn

In the first year of the Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts, you will take three core modules:

  • Music and Performing Arts Craft: Develop your specialised skills
  • Critical Methods: Understand the arts and the cultural world
  • Professional Practice: Learn the ways of industry

To complement these modules, you'll add two electives of your choice so you can broaden your creative toolkit—these electives include introductory papers on Songwriting, Sound Fundamentals, Storytelling, Moving Image, Design, Photography, and more. 

These courses will give you a secure grounding in the technical, theoretical, and professional skills of your discipline, while also exposing you to broader ideas about the arts and the cultural world around you.

View Programme Modules

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.

Table A: Craft and Core Modules

Module Code Module Title Pre-requisites Co-requisites Credits Level
MAPA501
Music and Performing Arts Craft 1  605
MAPA601Music and Performing Arts Craft 2MAPA501
606
MAPA701Music and Performing Arts Craft 3MAPA601
307
CRIT501Critical Methods 1  155
CRIT601Critical Methods 2  156
PROF501Professional Practice 1  155
PROF601Professional Practice 2  156
PROF701Professional Practice 3  307

Table B: Project Modules

Module Code Module Title Pre-requisites Co-requisites Credits Level
CRTV701
Research MethodsCRIT601

15

7
CRTV702Freelance Project

COMM701 OR

DSGN701 OR

MAPA701 OR

CART701

 157
CRTV703Capstone Project

COMM701 OR

DSGN701 OR

MAPA701 OR

CART701

 157
CRTV704Art Education - Matauranga Toi

COMM601 OR

DSGN601 OR

MAPA601 OR

CART601


157

 

Table C: Elective Modules

Module Code Module Title Pre-requisites Co-requisites Credits Level
DSGN502
CMS Web Publishing  15

5

DSGN503Graphic Design Fundamentals  155
CRTV501Creative Special Topic 1 
155
EUBT705Creative Special Topic 2  155
MAPA502Sound Fundamentals  155
MAPA503Lighting Fundamentals  155
MAPA504Songwriting  155
BMAXX100Moving Image: An Introduction  155
BMA0X150Photography: An Introduction  155
BMA0X160Painting and Sculpture: An Introduction  155
BMALX142Storytelling, Myth and Ritual  155
BMALX110BHistory and Theory in Visual and Design  155
BMALX179Interpreting Visual Culture  155
BMAVX104Printmaking 2 Screen Printing  155
MAPA504Screen Fundamentals  155
SCRN503Screen Technology OneSCRN502 155
JOUR505;Media Law and Context  155
BMA0G210Illustration, Concept MediaBMA0X150 156
BMAVX212Textile Design

BMA0A106 or

BMAFD504 or

BMA0X141

 156
BMAYX202BCreative Writing Workshop  156
BMA0P230Technical Workshop 1

BMA0A110

BMA0X150

 156
BMAVX284Drawing Through the CameraBMA0X150 156

Or other modules and packages of learning as agreed to by the designated Media Arts staff.

 

Table D: Option

Module Code

Module Title

Pre-requisites

Co-requisites

Credits

Level

DFNZ701

Design Factory 1  307

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.

Music students performing in studio

Career/further opportunities

  • Theatre: Actor, Director, Stage and Production Manager, Musical Director
  • Performer: Solo, Band, Session Musician
  • Audio Engineer
  • Producer
  • Live Sound Technician
  • Songwriter
  • Composer/Arranger: Film, Game, Theatre, Studio
  • Teacher: Private, Itinerant, Secondary
  • Music Therapist
  • Music Journalist/Writer
  • Community Organisations

You will be qualified to work in a range of theatre, music, media, and creative roles. As a graduate of this programme you will have developed transferable skills and professional attributes that will position you for many other jobs. You 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.

Frequently asked questions

What can I expect from the class schedule and workload?

Expect to spend about 26 hours a week in scheduled classes. Some of these will be on campus, but you’ll also spend time on industry visits and working on client projects.

How much time outside of class will I need to spend on study?

You’re expected to do another 14 hours of independent learning on top of classes - in total the mix of class time and independent study should add up to about 40 hours per week.

What opportunities will I get to work on industry projects?

There are four project zones per year, during which you’ll work for up to three weeks with an industry or community partner on a cross-disciplinary project. You’ll also do a work placement in second year and a major internship in your third year.

Undergraduate, semester, pathway, module and cross-disciplinary - what do these words mean?

Undergraduate means any study up to the level of completing a bachelor degree. Our academic year is made up of two main semesters, one from February to June and the other from July to November. We also have a summer semester for some classes. A degree is made up of a mix of compulsory and elective modules, modules are worth between 15 and 60 credits. A year’s worth of full time study is 120 credits. 

Entry Criteria

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
  iii. Equivalent.

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

Special Admission

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.

Provisional Entry

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 Criteria

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,
b) Equivalent.

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Pathways

Semester 1, 2019

Communication Pathway Diagram

Semester 2, 2019

Media Arts pathway diagram for semester 2 2019

Your First Day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our Welcome page.

What you will need

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Wintec Pōwhiri/Nau mai, haere mai

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.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Additional information

Booklist

Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

First aid certificate

Health status

Uniform

Equipment

Clinical placement

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