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Tihei Mauri Ora!
Unique to Massey University, the Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts encompasses contemporary Māori art, Māori language, Māori culture, and tikanga.
Massey is the only university to offer degrees in Māori visual arts. The BMVA has a strong Māori kaupapa, with te reo, tikanga, and manaakitanga at its core.
At Toioho ki Apiti we recognise that language, culture, tikanga and art are inseparable. We cater for all levels of proficiency in te reo, and you can learn at the rate that’s right for you.
The Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts (BMVA) will provide you with:
Over time you will develop your own art practice that is deeply grounded in your culture.
As well as Māori, we have students of Pākehā and international indigenous heritage who want to explore a kaupapa-driven approach to contemporary art.
Toioho ki Apiti has a strong relationship with the Te Manawa gallery in Palmerston North. The gallery regularly hosts exhibitions of work by students, staff and alumni. We also offer opportunities to visit art galleries, museums and cultural events in other centres.
Visit the Toi Rauwhārangi website.
The Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts can lead to a number of rewarding and interesting careers:
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.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
This programme is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.
To enter the Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts you will need to:
If you are a new-to-Massey student, applications for this programme close on 15 February 2021.
Late applications are welcome.
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
The portfolio requirement has the following options:
Portfolio pre-approval entry: You can show work in progress to a Massey College of Creative Arts staff member during a school visit, Massey Open Day or other University event, or video call. They’ll look at examples of your work with you and if it shows the creative potential we’re looking for, they’ll sign a portfolio pre-approval letter. Then you won’t need to submit a final portfolio with your application.
Portfolio entry: Submit a portfolio showing a selection of your creative work that demonstrates your creative potential with your application to study.
Once we have received your application, we will invite you to an interview so that we can get to know you better. Although your academic history is important we also look at and consider your:
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.
From the Schedule to the Degree
Completion of Part One, Two, Three and Four
Compulsory studio courses
This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.
See the Courses for this programme section for schedules of courses.
|150106||Nga Hanga Whakairo: Traditional Māori Visual Art||15|
|150107||Mata Puare: Studio IA||30|
|150108||Mata Puare: Studio IB||45|
|300110||Te Reo Whakahoahoa: Socialising in Te Reo||15|
|300111||Te Reo Kōnakinaki: Developing Te Reo||15|
|146101||Understanding Cultural Difference||15|
|150114||He Tirohanga Taketake: Māori Perspectives||15|
|154101||Introduction to Media Studies||15|
|150206||Ngā Momo Whakairo: Contemporary Māori Visual Art||15|
|150207||Mata Oho: Studio IIA||30|
|150208||Mata Oho: Studio IIB||45|
|300111||Te Reo Kōnakinaki: Developing Te Reo||15|
|300210||Te Reo Kōrerorero: Discussing in Te Reo||15|
|139362||Oceanic Literatures of Aotearoa: Ngā Tuhinga Kōrero o te Moana nui a Kiwa||15|
|148309||The New Zealand Wars||15|
|150213||Tikanga-ā-Iwi: Tribal Development||15|
|150216||He Huarahi Rangahau: Māori and Research||15|
|150303||Mana Wahine: Māori Women||15|
|150201||Te Kawenata o Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand Society||15|
|150307||Mata: Studio IIIA||30|
|150308||Mata: Studio IIIB||60|
|300210||Te Reo Kōrerorero: Discussing in Te Reo||15|
|150407||Matatau: Studio IVA||60|
|150408||Matatau: Studio IVB||60|
The BMVA is divided into three main areas:
The degree is made up of four years as follows:
Year One of the degree gives a basic introduction to the theory of customary Māori art practice, Māori language, two and three-dimensional studio practice, and electives. In studio practice, students are introduced to Māori concepts and research into Māori concepts. Overall, the year lays the foundation for development of contemporary Māori art.
Year Two brings a higher level of technical and conceptual awareness in studio practice with a stronger emphasis on research. Te reo Māori is also continued at a higher level and the art theory courses support the development of concepts in studio practice.
Year Three concentrates on contemporary issues and research, closer observation of contemporary Māori art developments and encourages the implementation of thematic approaches to art production. Language study continues. An exhibition for studio work is held towards the end of the second semester.
Year Four is devoted to studio practice. Independent work on approved projects using a variety of media is encouraged. The focus for practical work is on an end-of-year public and external exhibition.
See all the courses for your degree in the Yellow Book.
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.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
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 will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
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).
The Wellington School of Design is ranked Number 1 in Asia–Pacific for design concept by Red Dot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
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 be 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.