Music and performing arts students on stage

Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts


Course details

  • Jul 2021 - contact about mid-year study options.
    Feb 2022
  • Three years
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $7,472* per year
  • Level 7
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus


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:

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

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.

Audio production

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: 

  • Audio engineering
  • Mixing
  • Sound designing
  • Producing

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:

  • 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. 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:

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

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.

How you will learn

Project zones

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.     

Classrooms for creatives

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.

Specialists and mentors

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.

Internships and industry

By the time students reach the 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. 

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What you will learn

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

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

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.

Music students performing in studio

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
Music and Performing Arts 510  305
MAPA520Music and Performing Arts 520MAPA510
MAPA610Music and Performing Arts 610MAPA520
MAPA620Music and Performing Arts 620MAPA610 306
MAPA710Music and Performing Arts 710MAPA620 307
CRIT501Critical Methods 1  155
CRIT601Critical Methods 2CRIT501 156
PROF501Professional Practice 1  155
PROF601Professional Practice 2PROF501 156
PROF701Professional Practice 3PROF601 307

Table B: Project modules

Module code Module title Pre-requisites Co-requisites Credits Level
Research MethodsCRIT601


CRTV702Freelance Project

COMM610 & 620 or

DSGN610 & 620 or

CART610 & 620 or


CRTV703Capstone Project

COMM710 or

DSGN710 or

MAPA710 or


CRTV704Art Education - Matauranga Toi

COMM610 & 620 or

DSGN610 & 620 or

CART610 & 620 or


DFNZ701Design Factory Industry Project

75 credits at level 6 or

pre-requisites may be waived at the discretion

of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director

or designated authority


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.

Table C: Elective modules

Module code Module title Pre-requisites Co-requisites Credits Level
CMS Web Publishing  15


DSGN503Graphic Design Fundamentals  155
CRTV501Creative Special Topic 1 
CRTV502Creative Special Topic 2  155
MAPA502Sound Fundamentals  155
MAPA503Lighting Fundamentals  155
MAPA504Songwriting  155
MAPA604Songwriting 2MAPA504 156
MAPA505Intro to Ensemble Performance   155
CRTV601Creative Special Topic 360 credits level 5 156
CRTV602Creative Special Topic 460 credits level 5 156
BMALX142Storytelling, Myth and Ritual  155
PRNT501Screen Printing



MAPA504Screen Fundamentals  155
SCRN503Screen Technology OneSCRN502 155
JOUR505Media Law and Context  155
BMA0G210Illustration, Concept Media

DSGN510 or

CART510 or

DSGN503 or

equivalent knowledge or


DSGN602Motion Graphics

DSGN510 or

DSGN503 or

equivalent knowledge or


DSGN603Type Design

DSGN510 or

DSGN503 or

equivalent knowledge or


BMAVX212Textile Design

DSGN510 or

DSGN503 or

equivalent knowledge or


PHOT501Photography Fundamentals  155
PHOT502Photography Tech One

PHOT501 or

equivalent knowledge or


PHOT503Darkroom Photography  155
CART502Drawing Fundamentals  155
CART503Painting Fundamentals  155
CART602Eco Creative Practice

60 credits level 5 including either

CRIT501 or PROF501

DFNZ601Design Thinking Launchpad60 credits at level 6 or equivalent 156
COMM602Feature Writing  156

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

Design Factory NZ

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 NZ here.

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Career/further opportunities

  • Live sound engineer
  • Studio sound engineer
  • Mixing engineer
  • Mastering engineer
  • Songwriter
  • Composer
  • Private instrument teacher
  • Actor
  • Lighting designer
  • Stagehand
  • Theatre technician
  • Event co-ordinator
  • Events management
  • Software operator
  • Session player
  • Producer
  • Performer
  • DJ
  • Sonic artist
  • Music arranger
  • Orchestrator 
  • Musical director ( productions and/or community-based groups)
  • Conductor 
  • Choral director

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.

Student projects

Look through our graduate publication to see the work students create. Here, you will find short bios and images of student projects from across the media arts disciplines.

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 students will also spend time on industry visits and working on client projects.

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

Students are 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 students will work for up to three weeks with an industry or community partner on a cross-disciplinary project. Students will also do a work placement in second year and a major internship in their 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. 


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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

UE 2020

Applicants who achieved University Entrance through NCEA in 2020 will be assessed under separate NZQA entry requirements that take into account the impacts of COVID-19. Candidates are required to have: 

  • NCEA Level 3 comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:
    • 12 credits each at NCEA Level 3 in three approved subjects; and
    • UE Literacy (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing); and
    • UE Numeracy (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above).

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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Media Arts pathway diagram for semester 2 2019

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Year 1 students beginning July 2021

Date: Monday 19 July 2021
Time: 10am-4pm
Venue: Events Room 1, City Campus


  • 10.00am Welcome and staff introductions
  • 10.45am Tours, ID Cards, parking
  • 12.00pm Lunch
  • 1.00pm Classes

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You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

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