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Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts

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Massey is the only university to offer degrees in Maori visual arts. The BMVA has a strong Maori kaupapa, with te reo, tikanga, and manaakitanga at its core. At Toioho ki Apiti we recognise that language, culture, tikanga and art are inseparable.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor
Duration
4 years full-time
Study Mode
In person

About this course

Massey is the only university to offer degrees in Maori visual arts. The BMVA has a strong Maori 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 Maori Visual Arts (BMVA) will provide you with:

  • a culturally based education in design
  • two and three-dimensional art theory and making
  • discussion on art issues relating to the development of Maori art
  • development of your perceptual and conceptual skills
  • a cultural foundation for visual communication
  • interaction with the broader Maori community through exhibitions and community programmes.

Over time you will develop your own art practice that is deeply grounded in your 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.

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.

Entry requirements

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

To enter the Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts you will need to:

  • provide a portfolio of your work, in the form of slides, photos or actual artworks
  • provide a statement (of around 100 words) of why you want to join the BMVA programme
  • take part in an interview.

Study locations

Manawatu

Career pathways

The Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts can lead to a number of rewarding and interesting careers:

  • teaching Maori art at secondary or tertiary levels
  • gallery work
  • museum work
  • work in design-related industries
  • work in iwi and Maori cultural development
  • work as an artist.

Credit for prior study or work

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

  • review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
  • contact us through the Enquire button on this page.