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School of Media Arts

Wintec's School of Media Arts provides innovative, interdisciplinary education that prepares students for careers in the creative industries.

About us

Wintec School of Media Arts provides innovative, interdisciplinary education that prepares students for creative careers. 

Our programmes are all about creativity, getting students problem solving from day one, connecting with industry specialists and mentors, and tailoring learning through real-life projects. We work alongside students to challenge them to be as creative as they can be while reaching their goals.

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Take a peek at student life at Wintec School of Media Arts

What’s it like to be a student here? Get a feel for life at our Kirikiriroa/Hamilton city campus by viewing these videos or following us on social media.

Study with us

Now is the time to turn your creativity into a career.
 
Be part of a creative community and be inspired by the people around you. You’ll have the latest technology at your fingertips, industry respected tutors by your side and when you graduate, an internationally recognised qualification to set you on your way. 

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Subject areas

Courses

Art and design programmes

Communication programmes

Music and performing arts programmes

Short courses/professional programmes

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Be part of our community and see how we can work together.

We’re passionate about creating a world where Kirikiriroa/Hamilton city is renowned for its thriving culturally dynamic, creative community. Our mission: create opportunities for inspired ways of learning, for connecting and networking, that all contribute to an arts-active city. Harae mai!  Join us!

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Secondary Schools

From the secondary school sector? Find out what you and your students can do at Media Arts.

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Internships and projects

Need an intern or have a work opportunity or project? Our students have a variety of skills and expertise!

Ruby Nyika seated at Ramp Gallery
The Waikato Independent

The Waikato Independent is an online student project which aims to cover newsworthy events through Waikato and beyond.

Interior design studio
Ramp Journal

This blog is where you’ll find stories to inspire and resources to inform. Topics about music, creative media, arts, and design straight from the experts are just some of the things you’ll uncover here.

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Ramp Gallery

Ramp is a contemporary art gallery, situated in the heart of Hamilton City at Wintec’s School of Media Arts.

Ramp Festival presentation
Ramp festival

Bringing together artists, musicians, arts practitioners, educators, professionals, academics, students, and the public, Ramp Festival provides an annual platform for dynamic discussions, sharing of new ideas and opportunities to put these into practice.

Come on tour!

Want to have a look around the Media Arts facilities?

Contact us via email (media.arts@wintec.ac.nz) and we'll book you in!

A tour takes about 35-45 minutes.

News

Postgraduate study has been life-changing for this artist

Claudia Avril says studying a Wintec Master of Arts has been life changing

Claudia Avril at her Master of Arts exhibition opening ‘Fourth Wall’ at Wintec’s Ramp Gallery.

Like many art teachers, Claudia Avril was in a familiar predicament, pondering the question; how to continue a teaching career and maintain an arts practice?

This Hamilton Girls’ High School art teacher was managing her time to make art through early starts and dedicated studio time, but she wanted to take her practice to the next level and achieve a consistent art identity.

The answer came in the form of a funding grant from the Ministry of Education which allowed paid leave from teaching and with this support, Claudia enrolled in the Master of Arts programme at Wintec School of Media Arts. She began her study in October 2018.

The first step in her study was all about becoming aware of her aesthetic direction.

“During the first quarter of the programme, I was testing and exploring to clarify my creative direction,” says Claudia.

She also attributes delving into the theory component of the Master of Arts programme to be, “very significant to my work - more than I thought it would be”.

Claudia’s Master of Arts project is now an exhibition, titled Fourth Wall at Ramp Gallery on Wintec’s Hamilton campus. The exhibition investigates notions of perception and explores the figure-ground dynamics at play within paintings. 

“I’m interested in the way paintings are activated by the participation of the viewer, and the subtle play between the way dimension is rendered in both the virtual and the actual world of things.”

The exhibition is centred around paintings on shaped boards and dimensional folding.  Her process includes capturing the very small differentiations of tone from real-world surfaces as data and bending this 2D visual data into 3D form.

Ramp Gallery curator Wendy Richdale says, “Claudia’s paintings are dynamic – they can appear to shift toward the viewer and generate a visual reverberation between illusionistic and actual space”.

Students undertaking a Master of Arts programme at Wintec School of Media Arts, have two supervisors (one theory and one practical), who both guide the student’s learning and the development of their project along the way.

“You get so much feedback and ideas from your supervisors that you normally wouldn’t think about. You need to be challenged so you can progress,” says Claudia.

Claudia Avril has her own studio space at Wintec School of Media ArtsClaudia Avril’s studio at Wintec School of Media Arts allowed her to connect with other arts students and gave her the space to create large-scale works with the flexibility of 24-hour access.  

A highlight for Claudia was meeting other like-minded creatives.

“I’ve met so many other artists through Wintec, it’s really connected me with the creative scene in Hamilton.” 

As well, a painting Claudia developed during her Master of Arts study was selected from more than 300 entries and is a finalist in the 2019 National Contemporary Art Award. The Award exhibition is at Waikato Museum until 10 November 2019.

When asked to share some insights to others thinking of continuing their study to postgraduate level, Claudia lists some key learnings:

“Balance your own ideas with the input from others. Engage with the process of working with supervisors, it is so rewarding. Have discussions and make the most of every opportunity and the resources available.”

Claudia’s Master of Arts project may have come to an end, but it really is just the beginning for her artistic career.

“I’ve consolidated a body of work, and it gives me the confidence to keep moving,” she says.

“It’s just been life-changing.”

View Fourth Wall at Ramp Gallery until Friday 20 September 2019.

There are three intakes per year for the Master of Arts programme  in March, July and October.

Wintec School of Media Arts also offers as Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) programme.

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