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Community and Employers

Industry Connections

At the School of Media Arts, we pride ourselves on our connections to employers, the creative industries and the community. We do this through a range of mechanisms such as industry forums, internships, numerous guest speaker visits, and Spark International Festival of Media, Arts and Design, which exposes students and staff to a broad range of practitioners who are at the cutting edge of their field and have valuable insights to share.

Our third-year Internship course allows students to receive credit for undertaking a three-week industry placement.

"Through Media Arts many students establish contacts and professional networks which lead to employment even before they graduate."


The role of the Editor-in-Residence is to mentor students and add value to Wintec's journalism programmes by exploring learning opportunities, strengthening industry links and working one-on-one with students in a mentoring role. Respected journalist Amie Cronin became Editor-in-Residence in 2016, taking over from Steve Braunias.

Past Editors include Julie Starr, Martyn Bradbury and Venetia Sherson.

Ramp Gallery

Ramp Gallery was established in 1997 as a contemporary art space in the Department of Media Arts at the Waikato Institute of Technology (then Waikato Polytechnic). Ramp seeks to provide a venue for innovative work and foster critical discussion about contemporary art.

Through Ramp, Wintec students regularly have the opportunity to engage with leading contemporary artists. They can also volunteer in the gallery in a variety of roles, gaining valuable work experience in the area. Ramp is currently seeking to expand its operations to include relationships with other tertiary spaces, artist residencies, artist talks, a publications profile and web-based projects.



Your study in Media Arts will be project driven and involve collaboration with   students from outside your field. You can also gain real-world professional   experience through internships, and receive module credit for it. Our third year   Internship module offers students direct experience with highly regarded   employers in the industry. Click here for more information about Internships »

The School of Media Arts enjoys frequent and robust meetings with their Employer Partnership Groups in the fields of Fashion Design, Interior Design, Media Arts and Post-Graduate. Employer Partnership Groups offer a way for businesses and community groups from industry sectors to be involved with the School and discuss key industry trends, issues and direction. For more information on Wintec’s Employer Partnership Groups, click here »