Massey was the first - and is still the only - University to offer degrees in Maori Visual Arts. All degrees at Toioho ki Apiti are taught with a strong Maori kaupapa, with te reo, tikanga, and manaakitanga at their core.
Toioho ki Apiti faculty recognise that language, culture, tikanga and art are intertwined and inseparable. We cater for all levels of proficiency in te reo whether you have grown up through kohanga and kura or are an absolute beginner.
As a Maori visual arts student you will develop perceptual and conceptual skills in two- and three-dimensional art practice alongside a cultural foundation for verbal and visual communication. Exhibitions and community courses allow you to interact with the broader Maori community to further develop your awareness and understanding of relevant issues. Over time you will develop your own art practice that is deeply grounded in culture. As well as Maori, we have students of Pakeha and international indigenous heritage who want to explore a kaupapa-driven approach to contemporary art. The Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts (BMVA) will provide you with: