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.

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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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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.

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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:

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.

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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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Are you from the secondary school sector? Find out what you and your students can experience at Media Arts.

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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.

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.

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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 Norman Tofilau is going from Samoa to Broadway

Norman Tofilau revs up the crowd and the performers in Pasifika by Nature at Fraser High School
Norman Tofilau revs up the crowd and the performers in Pasifika by Nature at Fraser High School.  

Norman Tofilau, Head Student at Fraser High School, Hamilton, has his sights set on Broadway. To help him get there, he’s studying a Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts at Wintec next year.  

If you had met Norman in 2017, you might not have believed him if he told you he would be Head Student in a few years, and that he wanted to be a performer. 

Coming to New Zealand as a teenager from Savai'i, Sāmoa, and going straight into high school, Norman knew nobody except his uncle, and spoke very little English. He struggled to adjust during that initial time in New Zealand. 

“I came here by myself, then went to live with an uncle in Hamilton. It was really hard leaving my family back in the islands. The transition was hard. I didn’t know anyone, and I found it difficult to fit into a new environment.” 

Although softly spoken, Norman is not shy and not afraid to make a mistake. Determined to learn English and participate in his high school activities, Norman put himself out there and got involved in drama and the school production.  

“I had to learn lines and rehearse – that really helped my English.” 

He enjoyed drama so much that he found his lifelong passion and went from speaking zero English to being the lead character in the school production for two years in a row. 

After realising that he wanted to pursue a career on stage, Norman applied for several different drama schools throughout the country and was accepted into all of them. 

Junior Siilata, Pasifika Dean at Fraser High School, says that Norman chose Wintec because he could “see the pathway, see success. There are Fraser students who have come before him and have gone on to do awesome things. There’s a community to go into and community is very important to Norman.” 

Norman’s long-term goal is not only to be a performer, but to provide a platform for other Pacific Island students to get into music and performing arts. He wants to provide that space to make it easier for other Pasifika youth to see that it can be a viable career.  

“I would love to do that, even to open up my own performing arts academy one day. I know that at Wintec I’ll be able to take marketing and business papers alongside my degree to help with that.” 

Norman Tofilau wows the crowd as Elvis
Norman wows the crowd as The King of Rock’n’Roll, Elvis Presley, in A Night at the Fraseum, Fraser High School’s 2019 production.  

Norman is a shining star on stage, but his humility is what shines in person. Rather than talk about his own achievements, he insists on saying that “he’s so lucky and grateful that he has amazing teachers and new friends that have helped him achieve throughout his schooling journey.” 

This year hasn’t been all about the limelight either, as Norman struggled to keep his spirits high during the lockdown. 

“It was a difficult year. I didn’t have a device and that was a major problem as I couldn’t do any work at home.  

“At one point I said to myself ‘This is it.’ I was gonna give up. One day my teachers called me, and we had a good conversation. They encouraged me to keep going and to finish this year strong. I’m so grateful for them.” 

Despite struggling to keep motivated himself, Norman took it upon himself as Head Student to encourage his fellow classmates to keep going throughout that time as well. 

“There were so many barriers for me and many of my classmates. Along with other students in Aiga Tasi, our Pacific Council group at Fraser, we connected through Zoom together every week, to keep our Pacific students connected and motivated.” 

Each day through lockdown Norman made motivational videos on his phone. He would read inspiring quotes and send messages of hope and positivity to keep everyone going.  

According to Siilata, “the videos had a lot of positive feedback. Norman tried to lift everyone else’s morale. He put his own feelings aside to build and strengthen his community. 

“He has a big heart and goes out of his way to help those are struggling and he forms close relationships with them. They listen to him because they know it’s genuine.” 

Now that his school year has coming to an end, Norman has been reflecting on his exams and planning for his summer break. His final exam was for Scholarship Sāmoan where he hopes to do well. Over the summer he will be working at his part time job at Wendy’s to save money and to contribute to his family.  

It’s this spirit of generosity and service that makes Norman the standout leader that he is.  

“If there’s one word that defines Norman in my eyes, is a Sāmoan word – tautua. It means to serve from the back,” says Siilata. 

“Norman is in a position of leadership because he has shown he is a leader through his service and actions. Don’t get me wrong, he has a strong voice, but he gets the respect ‘cos he shows respect.” 

Even with his eyes set on Broadway, Norman’s focus is still on strengthening young Pacific voices and he always has his community in mind. 

“I want to be a professional performer; I want to be on Broadway! But I want to be able to use these skills and help within our Pasifika community and help other tamaiti [children].” 

Interested in studying a Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts at Wintec? 

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