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Master of Māori Visual Arts


Great art creates great cultures

Challenge your own toi Māori practice, and learn from and be inspired by leading artists.

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 9
  • Campus

  • Manawatū
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Credits

  • 240
  • Duration

  • 2 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • Other

  • Selected entry programme

Many of New Zealand's most respected Māori artists are graduates of the Master of Māori Visual Arts. More recent graduates attract recognition as emerging talent.

The Master of Māori Visual Arts will push you to produce your best creative work grounded in a deep understanding of Māori or indigenous visual culture. Your supervisors will challenge, guide, disrupt and support you, but -most importantly – they will help you develop your own unique creative practice.

Toioho ki Āpiti welcomes all indigenous and Pākehā artists. We encourage engagement in research and applied practices relevant to individual cultural contexts.

Studio is the centre

You will spend most of your time conceiving and making art, in a kaupapa Māori environment, mentored by practicing artists.

You’ll pursue an individually-designed programme of advanced studio practice in Māori or indigenous visual culture related to who you are (whakapapa) as well as your personal strengths and interests.

The degree structure and delivery embraces customary practices from carving to weaving to kowhaiwhai. But it fosters work that does not necessarily adhere to visual indicators of 'Māori' art. The work coming out of Toioho ki Āpiti often asks critical questions about identity and visual culture and exists at the interface of Western and indigenous art.

Flexible study

You can study on campus, with studio space provided, or by distance. There are full-time and part-time options.

Most students initially enrol in a Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Visual Arts, and transfer to the Masters programme for the second year.

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Careers and further study


Most graduates of the Master of Māori Visual Arts have a full-time or part-time art practice.

The following are just some of the artists who have completed postgraduate study through Toioho ki Āpiti:

  • Dr Huhana Smith (Ngāti Takorehe)
  • Rangi Kipa (Taranaki, Te Atiawa Nui Tonu, Ngāti Maniapoto)
  • Kura Te Waru-Rewiri (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Raukawa ki Kauwhata)
  • Sandy Adsett (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pahauwera)
  • Wi Taepa (Te Arawa, Te Āti Awa)
  • Tina Wirihana (Ngāti Maniapoto - Raukawa, Ngāti Pikiao)
  • Kohai Grace (Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Porou, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Raukawa)
  • Steve Gibbs (Ngāi Tamanuhiri)
  • Dr Areta Wilkinson (Kai Tahu)
  • Saffronn Te Ratana (Ngāi Tuhoe)
  • Israel Tangaroa Birch (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu)
  • Reweti Arapere (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Parou, Ngāti Tuwharetoa)
  • Bridget Reweti (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi te Rangi)
  • Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit, Aleut)
  • Natalie Ball (Klamath)
  • Ngahina Hohaia (Parihaka, Ngāti Moeahu, Ngāti Haupoto, Taranaki iwi)
  • Ngataiharuru Taepa (Te Arawa, Te Āti Awa)
  • Hemi McGregor (Ngāti Rakaipaaka, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tuhoe)
  • Kura Puke (Te Āti Awa)
  • Regan Balzer (Te Arawa, Ngāti Ranginui)
  • Chris Bryant (Ngāti Porou)
  • Chanz Mikaere (Te Arawa, Mataatua)
  • Gina Matchitt (Ngāti Rangitihi, Te Arawa, Ngāti Ngahere, Whakatōhea).

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


This programme is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.   

Master of Māori Visual Arts 240-credit

To enter the the Master of Māori Visual Arts you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts, or equivalent, or
  • 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
  • have practical, professional, and scholarly experience at an appropriate level, and
  • have been awarded or qualified for the Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Visual Arts having achieved at least a B grade average.

Master of Māori Visual Arts 120-credit

To enter the 120-credit programme you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Visual Arts with a B grade average
  • submit a proposal of your intended research project. We are looking for proposals that are academically viable, industry-linked and able to be supported by Massey resources.

You must provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

In considering applications for admission to the Master of Māori Visual Arts, the university shall pay due regard to indigenous systems for the acquisition of knowledge. A fair, large and liberal interpretation to the concepts of ‘scholarly experience’ and ‘academic work’ will be applied.

Application closing date

If you are a new-to-Massey student, applications for this programme close on 30 November 2021.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

240 credits

  • Part One courses selected from the Schedule – 0‑60 credits
  • Part One studio or pre-thesis course(s) – 90‑120 credits
  • Part Two studio practice/thesis – 90‑120 credits

Advanced entry: Those who have already completed specified qualifications in advance of the minimum entry requirements may be able to complete this degree in 120 credits.

This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.

Courses for this programme

Part One

No more than 60 credits from
150701 Tino Rangatiratanga: Strategic Māori Development 30
150711 Te Tau-Ihu o te Reo: Advanced Māori Literature 30
150714 Ta Te Māori Rangahau Korero: Māori Research Methodologies 30
150715 Taonga Tuku Iho: Heritage Aotearoa 30
167742 Collection Management 30
167743 Museum Management 30
167744 Museums and the Public 30
At least 90 credits from
150707 Te Tataitanga Matatau: Advanced Studio Practice 90
150720 Rangahau Whakairo: Pre-thesis Practicum 120
150725 Rangahau Whakairo: Pre-Thesis Practicum (Part I) 60
150726 Rangahau Whakairo: Pre-Thesis Practicum (Part II) 60

Part Two

At least 90 credits from
150809 Te Wahapu Matatau (Matau): Advanced Studio Practice 90
150821 Nga Miro Whakaaturanga: Thesis Practicum 120
150825 Nga Miro Whakaaturanga Thesis Practicum 120 Cr Pt1 60
150826 Nga Miro Whakaaturanga Thesis Practicum 120 Cr Pt2 60

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit. 

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

A good fit if you:

  • want to expand your art practice
  • would like to develop work with a strong Māori kaupapa
  • seek mentorship and support from leading contemporary and traditional Māori artists.

Accreditations and rankings

Art & Design QS Ranking

Massey University's College of Creative Arts is ranked as one of the Top 100 art and design schools in the world by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds).

Key information for students

Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.


Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

Scholarships related to this programme

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships