creative arts

College of Creative Arts , Toi Rauwhārangi

Diverse. Dynamic. Daring. The College of Creative Arts — Toi Rauwhārangi explores what the future of creativity looks like in Aotearoa New Zealand.


The college fosters research, hands-on practice and scholarship across fine arts, design, music and media production. 

Our staff and students believe in the power of creativity to drive positive change. We are committed to growing Māori and Pacific arts and artists and supporting indigenous creative practice.

How we fit

Our college is home to three schools.

School of Art

The School of Art – Whiti o Rehua expands and challenges people's perceptions of the world.

Wellington School of Design

Wellington School of Design – Ngā Pae Mahutonga has a global reputation for innovative problem-solving through design.

School of Music and Creative Media Production

Responding to Aotearoa New Zealand’s reputation for innovation and creativity in both music and media production.

Study with us

Choose from a range of qualifications in fine arts, creative media production, music and Māori visual arts.

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Study creative arts

Massey offers a rich variety of learning options in the creative arts, with graduates pursuing their passion as a career both at home and abroad.

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Our researchers are innovative thinkers and makers. We work with industry, government and communities on projects that demand disruptive ideas for solving real-world problems.

The college's staff are recognised internationally for their contribution to indigenous art practice. We have the highest number of top-ranked researchers in design, visual arts and craft in New Zealand, following the most recent PBRF round in 2018.  

Selected projects

Toi Āria — Design for Public Good

Associate Professor Anna Brown and team

Toi Āria is a Massey research centre with a mission to improve lives through design-led community engagement. Past projects include helping diverse Masterton residents to re-imagine and rejuvenate their town centre and co-designing a 'dreaming app' to help young Māori set and achieve their goals.

Toi Āria website

Video art urges action on climate change

Associate Professor Rachael Rakena and Mike Bridgman

Two college staff members have curated a moving collection of video works that take the voices of Pacific poets and orators to the world, in a timely call-to-action on climate change.

'Mana Moana — Pacific Voices' is the latest in an artist-led series that brings together work by musicians, artists, writers and choreographers. It was screened during COP26, the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow in 2021.

Mana Moana — Pacific Voices

Te Rau Karamu marae

Te Kāhui Toi collective

The newest building on the College of Creative Arts campus stands as a symbol of Massey's commitment to kaupapa, mātauranga and tikanga Māori. Te Rau Karamu marae is at once an inspiring feat of collaborative creativity, a place to learn, and a warm and vibrant heart of the Pukeahu Campus community.

The marae is a finalist in the prestigious Best Design Awards 2021.

See more of Te Rau Karamu marae on the Best Awards site.

Who we are

Our staff are diverse, collaborative, caring and celebrated. Meet leaders in the College of Creative Arts.

Professor Huhana Smith

Professor Huhana Smith

Head of School of Art — Whiti o Rehua
Professor Andre Ktori

Professor Andre Ktori

Head of Te Rewa o Puanga School of Music and Creative Media Production
Professor Brian Lucid

Professor Brian Lucid

Head of Ngā Pae Māhutonga Wellington School of Design
Professor Heather Galbraith

Professor Heather Galbraith

Director Postgraduate
Associate Professor Faith Kane

Associate Professor Faith Kane

Director Academic
Associate Professor Oli Wilson

Associate Professor Oli Wilson

Associate Professor - School of Music and Creative Media Production

Herbee Bartley

Creative Director Pacific

Te Tiriti o Waitangi at Massey

The College of Creative Arts is Tiriti-led, upholding te Tiriti o Waitangi principles through our practice.

Our on-site marae, Te Rau Karamu, positions kaupapa, tikanga and mātauranga Māori at the heart of our central Wellington campus.

Te Whare o Te Tiriti o Waitangi — Home of the Treaty at Massey


The college works with leading arts institutions and events.

Aotearoa Music Awards

Creative New Zealand

Designers Institute of New Zealand

Governor General logo

Governor-General of New Zealand

LUX light festival Wellington

Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand

Wellington City Council — Me Heke ki Pōneke

Accreditation and rankings

QS Ranking - Art & Design

College of Creative Arts – Toi Rauwhārangi ranks in the global top 150 for art and design by QS World University Rankings.

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Massey's College of Creative Arts is New Zealand's only art and design school granted “substantial equivalency” — an international benchmark of quality — by the United States National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

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Red Dot Design ranking

Ranked 1st in Asia-Pacific by International Red Dot Design Awards, the only design school to be ranked in New Zealand and Australia. This significant achievement recognises the high calibre of our teaching staff and the exceptional quality of our students' design concept work.

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Contact the College of Creative Arts

College of Creative Arts – Wellington campus


Physical address
Block 1
Te Whare Pukākā
Mount Cook
Wellington 6021

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