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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.

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.


Subject areas


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.

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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.



One man, one camera and the liberation of limitation

Mark Hamilton photographer is opening a new show at Wintec

When everything came to a crashing halt during the lockdown, photographer Mark Hamilton was forced to re-evalute.

On Wednesday 25 March 2020, photographer Mark Hamilton locked his Hamilton city studio and drove home to Pukekawa in the North Waikato with his partner Robyn, one camera and one lens.

It was the evening before Covid-19 Alert Level 4, when New Zealanders went home to stay home, and fight a pandemic.

For Hamilton and his camera, four weeks and four days of restriction become a liberating journey as he captured the light from morning to dusk in his limited surrounds.

Mark Hamilton was forced to rethink his work when on lockdown

In the beginning, he had no plans for four weeks in isolation. All his commercial photography contracts were cancelled. Like 5 million other New Zealanders, his first thoughts were to head home.

“Everything came to a crashing halt.”

It was autumn and one morning he noticed the way the light played through the garage and across the hallway.

“It was really nice,” said Hamilton, and he took some photos.

“I realised I had this time to observe in my surrounds what I would normally walk past, and that this would be a good way to keep myself occupied and connect with the outside world.”

He turned the TV room into a camera obscura and began posting his images online.

“It just fed itself. It was whatever presented itself on the day. Initially it was home, then when I left the house to travel to buy supplies. That was refreshing.”

The restriction of location and equipment became secondary to the freedom of time to explore and document light, and the reflections of time, home and landscape.

 Lockdown signalled a shift for Mark Hamilton, a Wintec photgraphy graduate who now works with students

“It became the liberation of limitation,” says Hamilton who is about to share the images in an exhibition of the same name at Ramp Gallery, at Wintec School of Media Arts from 31 July – 21 August.

“It happened because I was forced to stop, and that gave me the opportunity to re-evaluate what I do. I now want to make sure I keep it up. As much as I love my work, doing it for myself is so much more fulfilling.”

Commercial photography is bread and butter for Hamilton, but it hasn’t always been his day job.

“I left school at 15 years old to take up a trade and signed up as an electrical apprentice with Central Waikato Electric Power Board.

“It was a good job with a solid company, but after a while, it wasn’t enough.”

He got his first camera in his 20s, but it wasn’t until he was 37 that Hamilton quit his job and enrolled at Wintec to hone his photography skills. In 2000, he graduated with a Bachelor of Media Arts.

The catalyst for his career change came when he lost two friends to cancer.

“I realised how quickly life can change. Who knows what may happen? You just have to do what makes you happy.”

“When I graduated, I had no work. I did weddings for money, I persevered. I dug drains and did anything not to fall back on the work life I knew.

“I got one break and it was an opportunity I will never take it for granted.”

Now he says, the commercial work pays for his personal work

“Commercial photography is directed by a client, but my personal style influences how I see things.”

It has been 20 years since he graduated, but for much of that time he has kept a strong connection to Wintec. For the last few years, as an industry partner, he has taught photography papers at Wintec School of Media Arts.

In this time, Hamilton has observed change in the photographer’s landscape. There has been a shift, he says from the focus on taking images for print to a digital world.

“When I started, I was shooting film and there was a perception of this weird alchemy and few people knew the process. Now everyone has a digital camera and that mystery has gone."

The Liberation of Limitation is a new exhibition by Mark Hamilton at Ramp Gallery

Hamilton’s approach to photography is driven by curiosity for his subject, and an ability to convey feeling through light and shadow.

“I sent a comment to a photographer on YouTube recently after he stated, ‘to make a beautiful photograph you have to stand in front of something beautiful’.

“I disagreed and I told him, ‘if you can make an image with emotion and atmosphere even the banal can be beautiful’.”

Now he is back in his studio, back at work, life has returned to a new normal.

“It was nice to be self-indulgent.”

He is making plans to exhibit with Waikato artist Jenny de Groot “this year sometime” and there’s a creative collaboration brewing with his friend Jamie Dryden of Fabrik Hair in the making to be shown at Scott’s Epicurean in Hamilton.

He is also celebrating the release of a book featuring his portraiture. How We Got Happy: Stories of Health, Hope & Happiness from 20 Young NZers who Beat Depression, created by Eve Macfarlane and Jonathan Nabbs for the Mental Health Foundation, features portraits by Mark Hamilton who gave his time for the project.

“It has been an interesting year.”

The exhibition, The Liberation of Limitation opens 31 July – 21 August at Ramp Gallery 

Hear Mark Hamilton in conversation with Aimie Cronin in the Ramp Festival 2020 podcast series.

View more of his work at  

Find out more about studying a Bachelor of Contemporary Art – Photography at Wintec School of Media Arts.

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