About this course
The Master of Arts programme provides students with a postgraduate study which leads towards professional and higher academic practice. This one-year postgraduate programme is ideal for graduates who have completed the Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) programme, an equivalent qualification, a Postgraduate Diploma or professional practice.
Students will extend their domain of practice through undertaking a body of sustained, independent research. This is an in-depth investigation in a chosen area of visual arts, design or music practice within a research-focused learning environment. The programme will prepare students for high level investigation of, and intervention within a chosen academic or professional field.
Masters students will receive supervision for both practical and theoretical components of study. Additional supervision from both external representatives of professional field and / or for students wishing to utilise Kaupapa Māori methodologies in their research are available. Students will have frequent formal and informal meetings and critiques with other staff and students to discuss work, help to analyse, evaluate and articulate research practice. The learning environment is supportive, positive, varied and active, encouraging input from staff and students equally
Admission requirements include:
- Corresponding Bachelor with Honours degree, or
- Postgraduate Diploma with a minimum of a B grade average or equivalent, or
- Work-related experience equivalent to a corresponding Bachelor with Honours degree. Candidates will be required to demonstrate a high order of knowledge of their principal subject of study, including analytic writing, or
- Tertiary qualification (degree or diploma) completed in no less than three years, and have achieved sufficient standing as a practising artist, designer or musician. The Media Arts Postgraduate Programme Committee will determine whether the work submitted by applicant candidate in support of their application is of a standard equivalent to Bachelor with Honours degree level. Candidates will also be required to submit a curriculum vitae confirming they have achieved a substantial record of exhibitions, publications or performance in public venues or formats; or have gained professional experience, demonstrating advanced knowledge or performance, in their chosen specialisation, or
- A corresponding Bachelor degree and have completed four or more years of successful art, design or music teaching at tertiary or secondary level. Every candidate will be required to present a synopsis of their proposed research project for consideration and approval by the Media Arts Postgraduate Programme Committee. Candidates will be required to meet with potential supervisors to discuss their proposed project. Candidates will be required to study a pre-requisite course in Research Methodology prior to admission, should they not be able to demonstrate having acquired research skills to the appropriate level.
- Any applicant for the Master of Arts who is not a previous graduate of Wintec's Bachelor of Media Arts Honours programme will be required to submit a portfolio of recent work which demonstrates the nature and quality of their practice.
- All application documentation submitted for assessment must be in English
- Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5, with no individual band score lower than 6.0; or equivalent.