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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.

About us

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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Explore student life at Wintec School of Media Arts.

Are you interested to learn more about the experiences of our Media Arts students here at the Hamilton City Campus? Check out the videos below and follow us on social media.

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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

Communication programmes

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.

Get involved

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.

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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.

Visit us today!

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.



Wintec Master of Arts student grounded in the New Zealand landscape

Wintec Masters in Painting student Amanda Watson

Wintec School of Media Arts, Master of Arts student, Amanda Watson with one of her paintings in the school’s X Block gallery. Photograph Naomi Jorge, Pioneer Studio.

For the past two years, Raglan artist, Amanda Watson has returned to the incubator of postgraduate study to undertake a Master’s in Painting at Wintec School of Media Arts.

The work is now done, and her final submission explores her encounters with the Aotearoa New Zealand landscape.

Amanda’s exhibition, titled Painting Encounters with The Land, opened on Tuesday 11 February at Ramp Gallery revealing the underlying ethos of her Master of Arts project, an interaction with canvases and materials.

The project has taken Amanda to Whaingaroa Raglan and to Taranaki; she’s worked with waterfalls, mountains and dense bush. 

The paintings have been made by wrapping or covering surfaces with large pieces of canvas - positioning them in an outdoor environment, over and around large rocks, parts of trees or organic matter on the ground and in the studio environment, scrunched and taped onto the wall.

Once in position, paint was applied and removed, water tipped and the canvas repositioned, to let an alchemy between the materials, processes, and territories take place. 

The discoveries made while working within the constraints of site and process have become part of each work. Focusing on gesture, process, and physically being in environments has unearthed many revelations along the way.

 “It's been two years of painting the landscape with plenty of trial and error, failures and surprises,” says Amanda.

“Working in this way, in collaboration with environments, has challenged me in my art making to look at things differently.”

Amanda says she is looking at how gestures can recapture a sense of ‘directness’ allowing for encounters between her as an artist, the materials and environments.

“I find it energising and relaxing at the same time being away from technology and all the hectic nature of the other environments I spend time in.”

‘The mountain in Taranaki 2018 & 2019; and from memories since 1974’, Amanda Watson, ink, graphite, compressed pigment on canvas. Photo Naomi Jorge.‘The mountain in Taranaki 2018 & 2019; and from memories since 1974’, Amanda Watson, ink, graphite, compressed pigment on canvas. Photo Naomi Jorge.

Creatives often take on postgraduate study to provide some structure and a framework to develop their artistic practice or a body of work, as Amanda has done.

“I respond well to deadlines, without them I can tend to go on forever with no end in sight. For me, one deadline is just the beginning of the next project.” 

When asked what’s next, Amanda replies, “I'm going to keep painting. I have lots of ideas brewing that will extend some of the most interesting things that have come out of my Master of Arts project.” 

Amanda Watson’s Wintec School of Media Arts final Masters submission, Painting Encounters with the Land is on show at Wintec's Ramp Gallery until 26 February 2020.

When: 11 -26 February, 2020

Where: Ramp Gallery, Wintec, Collingwood Street, Hamilton

More information about the exhibition can be found on the Ramp Gallery website

Find out more about studying towards a Master of Arts project with Wintec School of Media Arts.

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