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Creativity and innovation are core pillars of success in any industry, and the demand for employees with creative skill-sets is high within the workforce.

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

Our programmes are all about creativity. We inspire students to problem solve 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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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. Access the latest technology at your fingertips, experience industry-respected tutors by your side and when you graduate, an internationally recognised qualification to set you on your way.


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Art and design programmes

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Music and performing arts programmes

Portfolio entry

A portfolio allows you to demonstrate your skills and abilities and gives you an opportunity to express your individuality and creativity. For the following programmes, you may need to supply a portfolio:

Do I need to submit a portfolio?

If you have not done NCEA credits in arts or visual design, do not meet the entry criteria, or you're applying as a mature student, you may need to submit a portfolio, and you'll be advised of this when you apply.

What does my portfolio need to contain?

Your portfolio should be a selection of work that forms a cohesive series. As a guide, your portfolio should contain up to six photos of art or design work.

There is no correct way to put together a portfolio. Below is an example to help guide you.
This portfolio is successful in showing the range of art and design capabilities this student has, working across photography, graphic design, painting and sculpture. The applicant's working processes and the ability to develop ideas is shown, along with finished works. For example, the typographic explorations on pages 7 and 8 are then developed and applied in the posters on the following pages. Initial developments for these posters are shown, along with the two finals.

Do you need help with your portfolio?

We are happy to help, please send us an email and we will be in touch.

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Be part of our community and see how we can work together. We are passionate about creating a world where Kirikiriroa/Hamilton City Campus 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. Hāere Mai! Join us!

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Secondary Schools

Are you from the secondary school sector? Find out what you and your students can experience at Media Arts.

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Internships and projects

Do you need an intern or have a work opportunity or project? Our students have a variety of skills and expertise which could help you.

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.

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Ramp Journal

Here at this blog, you will 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 will uncover here.

Ramp Gallery

Ramp is a contemporary art gallery, situated in the heart of Hamilton City at the Wintec 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.

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Would you like to experience a tour of the School of Media Arts facilities?

Contact us via email to arrange a time.

A tour takes about 35-45 minutes.



Artists revealed for Aotearoa’s largest mural

Three Māori visual artists Poihakena Ngāwati, Hana Maihi and Te Haunui Tuna are about to tackle NZ's largets mural on the Wintec wall.
One of Poihakena Ngāwati's recent works is a stunning portrait of master carver George Nuku, that graces a wall in Hastings.

New Zealand’s soon-to-be largest mural now has mastermind artists behind it, preparing to bring it to life in January 2020.

A group of visual artists operating under the name Te Whētū Collective were recently selected to tackle the 248m long canvas on the site known as the Wintec wall.

Three visual artists, Poihakena Ngāwati (Waikato-Tainui), Hana Maihi (Ngāti Mahana), and Te Haunui Tuna (Ngāi Tūhoe) make up the collective. Poihakena and Te Haunui are Wintec School of Media Arts graduates.

Poihakena Ngāwati, a Hamiltonian, muralist and former Wintec student, grew up and studied in close proximity to the concrete eye-sore and is keen to finally see it transformed.

“This project will be transformational for the city both as contemporary creative expression and as a commentary on the wall’s history,” says Ngāwati.

“It is the last trace of a hill known as Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa (the smooth belly [or womb] of Kirikiriroa),” he says.

The original site was of major importance to the Waikato region serving as a hub for cultivation, learning and ceremony.

Pre-1930, the extremely fertile land meant the area became a cultivation-capital and main food source to surrounding tribes. The site was also a key observation platform where Māori watched for certain star constellations marking appropriate timing for different phases of planting and harvesting.

On the ridge’s peak, a tuāhu (ceremonial altar) was used to call resident deities to bless the planting of crop and ensure a bountiful harvest. A final ritual was performed to remove tapu from the hill before the hill was excavated in 1930 to allow for better traffic flow between Anglesea St and Ward St.

Ngāwati says, “we wanted to tell the story of this particular hill and use the mural to acknowledge the historical wahi pa (local site), explain why it was valued and important for surrounding tribes, and make a commentary on how we can use these learnings for our future.”

Te Whētū Collective’s mural concept incorporates the Waikato River, three tui, and a female portrait depicting Matariki as the mother of the hill and master of the Māori lunar calendar and cultivation.

The piece has themes of guardianship, whakapapa, and unity woven behind the imagery. 

Individually, the three artists have travelled as far as  Hawai’i, Rarotonga and across New Zealand painting large-scale murals.

Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa will be their first work as a collective.

“We have been wanting to integrate narratives into our art and create more meaningful pieces with portraits and characters that tell the stories of traditional Māori heritage.

“We also wanted to pass on knowledge our great ancestors before us have left behind,” Ngāwati says.

The collective are excited to get started, “With the site history and our connection with the land here, we’re grateful for the opportunity.”

The project is driven by the Beyond Tomorrow Trust with Creative Waikato managing the creative process.  

Beyond Tomorrow Trust Chair, Ryan Hamilton, says a public call for artists to apply for the project was made earlier this year.

A selection panel of arts professionals and a representative of tangata whenua chose the Te Whētū Collective from a wider application pool.

Hamilton says, “We believe the Te Whētū Collective understood the significance of this area and will best represent that through a sensitive and inspired work.

“Art has to be something that captures our past, reflects our future and represents who we are,” he says.

The collective will start work on the wall in early January 2020.