Linking the city media arts presentation
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.

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. 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.

Pathways

Subject areas

Courses

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.

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

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.

NELL LET THERE BE ROBE exhibition
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.

 

News

The music class with NZ musician Hollie Smith that students are talking about

Hollie Smith is working online with Wintec music students

Musician Hollie Smith is combining virtual teaching and streaming live performances to the world.

Innovating online has been a theme in 2020 for educators and musicians, and New Zealand Aotearoa musician, Hollie Smith is doing both, combining virtual teaching to Wintec music students and live-streaming performances to the world.

As Musician in Residence at Wintec School of Media Arts, Smith is an influencer who has a lot to share with students and her Thursday lunchtime Zoom workshops are open to all Wintec music students.

“Although teaching online in this current environment has its challenges, it’s a good way to stay connected and have some focus. It’s also a reminder that music never stops and how  powerful and helpful it can be,” she says.

“Teaching reminds me that I have skills and to practise what you preach! I’ve also had to learn new things so I can share them with students, for example understanding more about the various digital platforms and strategies for using them.”

On the back of her Vodafone Lounge Jams performance in support of MusicHelpsLive,  (which in turn supports Kiwi music people affected by the COVID-19 crisis), Smith talked to students about the live-streamed performance experience, and gave tips on how to perform to an audience that you can’t see. 

Other topics for discussion are overcoming writer's block and being disciplined and self-motivated when working on music projects. 

She will continue her Thursday lunch-time workshops for this semester, with topics based on what students have asked for in a dedicated forum on Hollie’s own teaching page.

Hollie Smith says music never stops and she's teaching Wintec students online

David Sidwell who heads the Music Department at Wintec says that the forced move to online learning during COVID-19 was challenging but it had a silver lining.

“Music will always be something we celebrate live, but it also lives online. By bringing our industry partners like Hollie into the online classroom during COVID-19, we created a different experience and picked up our online game very quickly. We can take a lot of positive learning out of this. Sure it wasn’t easy, but going forward we’re now better equipped for online delivery and we’ve got a whole new appreciation for live performance and learning.”

Wintec music tutor Megan Rogerson-Berry says: “These workshops are a great opportunity for students to gather together to feel a sense of community. They’re getting some invaluable learning from an industry professional, while taking part in a relaxed and informal forum”.

Find out more about studying   Performing Arts at Wintec School of Media Arts.

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Events

  • Open Day 2020

    Come and check out our annual Wintec Open Day! It’s the perfect opportunity for you, your friends, and your whānau to get a first-hand experience of what Wintec has to offer.