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Study creative arts , Akona te mahi toi auaha

From design to fine arts, screen arts to music and Māori visual arts, Massey offers a rich variety of learning options. Study with us to turn your passion into a career.

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3rd in Asia-Pacific

Red Dot Design Awards put us in Asia-Pacific's top 3 – the only design school to be ranked in New Zealand and Australia.

Striving to be Tiriti-led

We work to uphold the principles of te Tiriti o Waitangi – and to empower all New Zealanders, especially Māori.

Global-ready skills

Our Massey graduates are sought after by employers and work in New Zealand, Australia, Europe, North America and beyond.

Spoilt for choice

Massey has 35+ bachelor's degrees to choose from.

Overview

Prepare yourself for a creative future as a maker and innovator at College of Creative Arts – Toi Rauwhārangi. Get hands on and collaborative in our studio-based learning environment. Explore new ideas and techniques.

Examine what it means to be a creative person in Aotearoa New Zealand. Participate in real-world projects that make a difference. Let your imagination soar.

Learn from award-winning staff with industry experience in:

What you could study

Here is a small sample of the qualifications and courses you could study as a Massey creative arts student.

Undergraduate qualifications

An undergraduate qualification is generally the first thing you’ll study when you start at university.

Postgraduate qualifications

Once you’ve graduated with a bachelor’s degree – or have equivalent experience – you’ll be ready to take on postgraduate study.

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What our students say

“Forward-thinking faculty with great connections with the tight-knit music industry of New Zealand—what else would I be doing?”
Elleana Dumper

Tour coordinator, Banished Music

Bachelor of Commercial Music

“With 22 years in the film industry, the best advice I can give is don't stop learning, exploring, growing...”
Gus Hunter

Design (Visual Communication Design)

“I am now much more willing to look for resources, contact people, not just settle for what I can get my hands on. I feel much more confident to work with other people and across countries.”
Yoshino Muruyama

Junior designer, Kowtow

Master of Design

Our facilities

You'll have access to a wide range of first-class facilities when you study creative arts with us. Here's a snapshot of what's on offer.

Fab Lab

Fab Lab Wgtn is Australasia’s first digital fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab) affiliated to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Fab Lab's capabilities include: A computer-controlled laser cutter; numerically-controlled milling machine; a sign cutter; a precision milling machine to make three-dimensional moulds; surface-mount circuit boards; and small 3D printers, for fast production of 3-dimensional forms.

Art facilities

Use the world-class facilities at our College of Creative Arts – Toi Rauwhārangi to develop your skills and master new techniques. We have a metal workshop and a darkroom, as well as studios for fine arts, printing, photography and more.

Photo studios

Massey University's Wellington campus has specialised professional photography studios, (white cycs, green screen, Elincrom/Bowens/Diva lite) access only by students enrolled in photographic specialised papers only.

Toystore

The Toystore offers a wide range of audiovisual equipment for design students to borrow, as well as access to large format printing and technical support.

Recording studios

Designed by Munro Acoustics and Athfield Architects, our world-class studios include:

  • live-rooms controlled by two sought-after desks — 72ch Neve and 48ch SSL Duality analogue console
  • control rooms with monitoring by Dynaudio Acoustics soffit mounted speakers in 5.1.

Location: Wellington campus

Fashion workrooms

Students have access to extensive workrooms that include plain sewers, overlockers, industrial presses, buttonholers, bar tackers, knit and leather machinery. The expansive studios have large tables for pattern-making and cutting, and computer labs for digital pattern-making using CAD software, pattern digitising and plotting. There is space for students to set up their own working stations as they prepare final collections or presentations.

Screen and digital print facility

Massey students have access to a screen and digital print facility, where they can use a digital sublimation printer for polyester fabrics and materials, and a screen printing facility with 7m print tables.

Tech store

Tech store

The Tech Store offers a wide range of industry-standard equipment that screen arts and music students can borrow – cameras, lighting, sound equipment and much more.

Experienced technical staff are on hand to offer recommendations and advice.

Student using film production facilities at Massey

Film production facilities

Our facilities are among the best in Australasia and include:

  • colour grading suites
  • editing tools
  • lighting gear
  • green screen
  • motion capture suite, including 24 camera Vicon motion capture array.

Plus borrow high-end equipment for your projects.

Location: Wellington campus

Accreditations 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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NASAD

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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Get an information guide

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