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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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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:

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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.

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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.

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Ramp Gallery

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

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Ramp Festival
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The digital view through a Māori lens

Kereama Taepa builds on the rich history of Māori as innovators through his art

Rotorua-based artist and teacher Kereama Taepa’s work builds on the rich history of Māori as innovators. His exhibition, Te Ao Mariko is at Ramp Gallery, Wintec in Hamilton from 23 October-13 November.

It starts with an itch, a yearning to touch clay or create. For Taepa, this is the driver, often into the early hours, before he is up again early, to the call of fatherhood and work.

 “What gets me up every day? First and foremost I want to show my children that if they want to achieve something they have to be courageous and just chase it without fear of rejection or not achieving - I suppose I'm just trying my best to be a good role model for them.”

This itch, he says is the difference. It generates momentum in his pursuit to continue the rich tradition of innovation from his Māori ancestors.

“There’s a tradition of innovation in Māoridom. Our ancestors travelled and had to adapt to new and ever-changing environments that were at first completely new to them. I am inspired by the way they had to invent and innovate to survive in the new environments they found themselves in.”

Digital technology is a driver for Taepa and his exhibition at Ramp Gallery, Te Ao Mariko translates to "The Virtual World”.

“In essence, Te Ao Mariko is an exhibition that explores the tradition of innovation through digital technologies and digital spaces.”

His studio is a MacBook on the kitchen table and when he is ready to print, he will clear some space on the kitchen bench. From there comes the result of innovation.  Tukutuku (weaving) may be represented by pixels and he creates forms in 3D designed digital carving.

Detail orange hei tiki, Kereama Taepa for Te Ao Mariko at Ramp GalleryDetail from a work for Te Ao Mariko, an orange hei tiki, digitally printed in ply which explores digital technologies and whakairo.


Taepa has exhibited national and internationally and creating accessible work is important to him.  

“I love to take our mahi [work] into places and spaces and be relevant,” he says.

His public sculptures include an installation at Te Papa in Wellington, a public work in New Plymouth and external works for toilet blocks in Whakarewarewa Forest and the Redwoods in Rotorua.

“I am mindful of those who struggle with their identity and sense of belonging. I want to bring more Māori art into our public places and spaces so that they feel a sense of belonging through seeing their culture.”

In a recent interview in the Ramp podcast series he says, “Being an artist was not really a choice”.

He grew up in an artistic family with a Pākehā mum and a Māori dad.

“We were drawing and painting from an early age. Grandma was a painter on my mother’s side and my dad taught carving in prisons.

“Every time we were in the studio with Dad, we were carving, working with clay, with mud on our hands. I was more interested in the 3D side of things, my brother was a painter.”

He didn’t grow up knowing much about mātauranga Māori – he learned a lot at school and at university where he studied Māori visual arts.

“In terms of my art I am happy being both and why can’t we be both? For me I have come to terms with that through my art and expressing that notion that I am both Māori and Pākehā and I am okay with that. You can belong in both worlds.”

See more of Taepa’s work at  kereamataepa.co.nz

Find out more about Te Ao Mariko at Ramp Gallery, Wintec in Hamilton from 23 October-13 November.

Listen to the Ramp Connect podcast, Kereama Taepa: Go hard! an interview with Aimie Cronin. 

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Events

  • Te Ao Mariko: Kereama Taepa | Ramp Gallery

    Ramp Gallery exhibition “Te Ao Mariko” explores ideas around how Te Ao Māori engages with the ever-increasing virtual and digital worlds within which we spend most of our time and vice versa.

  • Wintec Information Session

    Are you thinking about study options that are best suited to you? Join us for an information session at our Hamilton City Campus and find out how you can get started.

  • School of Media Arts | Postgraduate Study Information Session

    Are you curious about continuing your study at postgraduate level? Join Wintec School of Media Arts for an online information session about both honours and master's programmes for creatives looking to build on their undergraduate degree or creative industry experience.