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.

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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

How Felipe made lifelong connections through photography

Felipe Augusto takes a photo
Felipe Augusto takes a self portrait.

Brazil-born Felipe Augusto, a recent graduate of the Wintec Master of Arts programme, has been on a journey exploring the human condition and discovering community through photography. 

Augusto and his family of three moved to Aoteraroa, New Zealand just over a year ago. Following a camping adventure around the country, the family found a home in Whaingaroa, Raglan. 

With a strong skillset in place from years working in advertising and commercial photography in Australia and Brazil, Augusto was looking to get a foot in New Zealand’s creative industry so cast his eye to several different postgraduate options. After encouragement from friends and Wintec tutors, Augusto applied for the project-based, one-year Master of Arts programme. 

Felip Augusto photography from Before My Eyes CloseImage: Felipe Augusto, Untitled, Before my eyes close, 20x30 inch colour photograph, 2020.

With industry experience and technical knowledge of photography, Augusto found guidance from Wintec tutor and artist Stefanie Young. Young helped Augusto develop a project synopsis that spoke about exploring the human condition through photography. 

Empathy, solidarity, and uncertainty were among the key concepts explored in Augusto’s Master’s work, and he looked to the US and Canada’s staged photography artists of the late 1970s and 1980s for inspiration.  

 “Drawing upon staged backgrounds to direct talent enabled me to face the ideas of change and death.”  

The location settings for the images were carefully scouted in his new Raglan community. 

“The location came first, then after talking to the owners, I'd ask them if they’d like to be in my photo,” he says. 

The work he submitted for his Master of Arts consisted of eight lightframe scale 20x30 inch colour photographs and a photobook, along with a 40-page dissertation titled "Does Contemporary Staged Photography Practice Deterritorialise in the Era of the Anthropocene?”.  

Felip Augusto photography from Before My Eyes Close
Image: Felipe Augusto, Untitled, Before my eyes close, 20x30 inch colour photograph, 2020.

By examining how the staged photography from the 1970s and 1980s can be revisited in the current era, he explored how the style can still be contemporary and modern. 

The icing on the cake was when Augusto’s photobook "Before my eyes close" was awarded second prize this year in the MIFA (Moscow International Foto Award) a longstanding and signification competition in contemporary photography. 

Felipe says, he was delighted to see several of the people who featured in his work attend his final master's critique. 

 “I was so grateful they made the effort to come all the way into Hamilton from Raglan,” he says.  

“The project helped me make real and authentic community connections.” 

 Augusto is currently working full-time as a portrait photographer while continuing to build connections with the creative community and build his art practice.  

“I’m looking out for opportunities to exhibit my master's work to new audiences,” he says. 

“I’m also looking at developing new work responding to what’s happening in the world right now.”  

When asked about his time at Wintec he says, “Studying at Wintec School of Media Arts has been great for me to help make my work visible in New Zealand, as well as opening up conversations between art and industry.”  

“But it’s not just been about making the work, it’s been about making connections.” 
 

Events

  • Career Choices Day 2020

    Are you looking for a fresh start in 2021? Career Choices Day is a whānau-friendly event for all ages where you can discover what Wintec has to offer with family-friendly activities throughout the day.