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Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Equivalent to 4 years of full-time study

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Entry requirements

To apply:

  1. Enrol online
  2. Include a portfolio of your work, in the form of slides, photos or actual artworks
  3. Include a statement (of around 100 words) of why you want to join the BMVA programme.

Applications for the Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts starting in Semester One of the following year are due on 1 October of the preceding year. Late applications may be considered subject to available spaces.

Please contact 0800 MASSEY to discuss your options with an academic advisor.

You will also need to meet the usual entrance requirements for the university. Entry to the University is confirmed once you have achieved University Entrance.

Full details of the application process and portfolio requirements are here.

If you are not sure whether you meet the requirements, please contact us to discuss with an Academic Adviser.

Selection Procedure

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:

  • Creative ability
  • Commitment to Māori creative expression
  • Commitment to Māori art and scholarship
  • Maturity
  • Communication skills

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Planning your programme

You are required to pass at least 480 credits to complete the BMVA. That is normally completed over four years of full-time study.

For more information, please contact 0800 MASSEY to discuss your options with an Academic Adviser.

Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts structure

The BMVA is divided into three main areas:

  • Studio (this is the practical and the largest component dealing with two and three-dimensional art practice)
  • Māori visual arts (art history)
  • Māori language

The degree is made up of four parts as follows:

Part One

Part 1 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.

Part Two

Part 2 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.

Part Three

Part 3 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.

Part Four

Part 4 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.

The College of Creative Arts produces a “Yellow Book” which shows you all the courses for your degree. For more information please discuss with an Academic Adviser.

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

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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