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Master of Maori Visual Arts

  • Masters (Coursework)

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Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)

About this course

The Master of Maori Visual Arts is a postgraduate research qualification. Many of New Zealand's most respected Maori artists have done their Masters through Toioho ki Apiti, (the Maori Visual Arts programme at Massey), while more recent graduates are attracting recognition as emerging talent.

Toioho ki Apiti, welcomes all indigenous and Pakeha artists by encouraging engagement in research and applied practices relevant to individual cultural contexts. If you are an international student thinking of studying Maori Visual Arts at Massey, please contact Massey's International Office for essential information about visa applications and other processes. Studio is the centre

As a Master of Maori Visual Arts student, you will spend most of your time conceiving and making art, in a kaupapa Maori environment.

In the Masters programme, students pursue an individually designed programme of advanced studio practice in Maori or indigenous visual culture related to who they are (whakapapa) as well as their personal strengths and interests. The objective is to realise an individually conceived body of work that allows for the design and/or coordination of an exhibition.

A particular strength of the programme is that the degree structure and delivery embraces customary practices from carving to weaving to kowhaiwhai, yet fosters work that does not necessarily adhere to visual indicators of 'Maori' art. The work coming out of Toioho ki Apiti, especially at postgraduate level, often asks critical questions about identity and visual culture and exists at the interface of 'Western' and 'indigenous' art.

This is an advanced research qualification, so even students who choose to do a studio-only Masters study Maori research methodologies and submit a written exhibition report.

Entry requirements

Applicants to the Master of Maori Visual Arts must have:

University admission requirements as specified; and will:

Study locations


Distance Learning