Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Visual Arts

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Entry requirements

Applicants to the Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Visual Arts must have:

University admission requirements as specified; and will:
a) have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts, or equivalent; or
b) have been awarded or qualified for a relevant Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, and provide evidence of professional experience of an appropriate kind and duration in an area relevant to the qualification; or
(c) have been granted admission under the Admission with Equivalent Status regulations and demonstrate practical, professional, and scholarly experience at an appropriate level.

In considering applications for admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Visual Arts, the University shall pay due regard to indigenous systems for the acquisition of knowledge and shall apply a fair, large and liberal interpretation to the concepts of "scholarly experience" and "academic work".

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Visual Arts structure

The curriculum comprises two options:

Option 1) Studio-only option, for artists with over 10 years’ gallery experience

Option 2) Studio and theory option

Particular emphasis is placed on:

  • Exploring process as a key component of art making
  • Developing advanced research techniques and methodology appropriate to Māori visual art
  • Learning strategies to refine and enhance your working methods
  • Building an extensive knowledge of contemporary cultural history and theory that gives you the confidence to negotiate your own relationship between theory and practice
  • Laying the groundwork for Masters study

The programme comprises courses to the value of 120 credits at 700 level as outlined below.

Option One

150.720 Rangahau Whakairo: Pre-thesis Practicum (120 credits)

Option Two

150.707 Te Tataitanga Matatau (Maui): Advanced Studio Practice (90 credits)

and 30 credits from the courses in the following list:

150.701 Tino Rangatiratanga: Strategic Māori Development
150.711 Te Tau-Ihu o te Reo: Advanced Māori Literature
150.714 Tā Te Māori Rangahau Kōrero: Māori Research Methodologies
150.715 Taonga Tuku Iho: Heritage Aotearoa
167.742 Collection Management
167.743 Museum Management
167.744 Museums and the Public


Students who complete within one year of first enrolling for full-time study or within three years of first enrolling for part-time study may be eligible for the consideration of Distinction.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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