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.


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.

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.

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.



Researcher is taking taonga puoro to new places at Wintec

Taonga puoro specialist Horomona Horo is now a researcher and tutor at Wintec

Taonga puoro specialist Horomona Horo’s new research and teaching role at Wintec is a first for tertiary education in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Leading tohunga of taonga puoro, Horomona Horo has joined Wintec School of Media Arts as a researcher and teacher, and he wants students to bravely take traditional Māori music to new places.

Having a taonga puoro (singing treasures) researcher in a teaching position is a first for tertiary education in Aotearoa New Zealand.

For Horo, this appointment as a researcher and teacher is unique and very close to his heart.

“Being a taonga puoro researcher connected to Wintec is very special. This role is a first in Aotearoa and it opens many fields. While taonga puoro is grounded in te ao Māori, this doesn’t mean it can’t be fused with modern technology and I want to encourage students to be brave and take it to new places.”

Horo says there is a sensitivity to traditional Māori music because of the spirituality and connection it has, but this doesn’t mean it shouldn’t evolve into new forms of expression.

“I want to see people break through the stigma. When you are adept in your special field you can connect and evolve music. I want students to explore and go outside the norms with traditional instruments infusing them into different genres like techno, rock and even heavy metal.”

He cites an example of meeting heavy metal band, Alien Weaponry whose songs are in te reo Māori, and talking to them about the potential for taonga puoro within their sound. 

Wintec pukenga reo Alroy Walker and Wintec researcher and taonga puoro specialist  Horomona HoroWintec Pukenga Reo Alroy Walker (left) and Researcher Horomona Horo at Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirkiriroa Marae on the Wintec City campus.

Horo was mentored by tohunga (experts) of taonga puoro, Dr Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns and he continues their vision for the renaissance of traditional Māori musical instruments.

As a composer, practitioner and cross-genre collaborator, Horo is no stranger to taking traditional music into new places, fusing the traditional instruments of the Māori taonga puoro within a diverse range of cultural, musical and educational forms.

He regularly performs with Hamilton composer, performer and Wintec researcher, Dr Jeremy Mayall combining the sounds of taonga puoro with electronic soundscapes. This collaboration has included performances in Boston and New York, a tour and exhibitions in China, as well as commissions for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, NZ Trio, WOMAD, The Meteor Theatre, and MESH Sculpture Hamilton.

David Sidwell heads the music department at Wintec School of Media Arts and says it was wise to bring Horo on board as a researcher.

“Horomona is a researcher in his own right and he has been collaborating with other researchers here at Wintec. Now we have formally engaged him, his Māori world view and his extensive knowledge of taonga puoro, along with his natural generosity is going to be of great benefit to our music students.

“Horomona will teach critical methods and contemporary theory to Wintec School of Media Arts students bringing an authentic te ao Māori view and a particular influence on Music and Performing Arts students.”

This isn’t Horo’s only role at Wintec. He has two other part-time roles. As kaiāwhina he supports and mentors students, and as an events coordinator at Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa Marae on the Wintec Hamilton City campus, his schedule is getting fuller by the day.

Horo says it’s part of the process of creating to challenge stereotypes and “New Zealanders are known for their natural ingenuity to go outside the box in many fields, whether it’s sport, science, arts, politics, leadership  - it’s ok to question and to be brave”.

“No one ever thought to take on J.R. R. Tolkien, but Peter Jackson did and many of us will remember Jonah Lomu as the player who made rugby a super sport.

“Once we step outside the boundaries of the unknown, that’s where the fun begins.”

Horomona Horo (left) with Wintec Māori and Pasifika colleaguesHoromona Horo with Wintec colleagues Kimiorangi Thompson, Rose Masters, Dion Ormsby and Alroy Walker.

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A passion for Māori health sees study mates become workmates
Waikato and Pasifika communities have the chance to have their say


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