Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts

As a Māori 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 Māori community to further develop your awareness and understanding of relevant issues. Unique to Massey University, the Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts encompasses contemporary Māori art, Māori language, Māori culture, and tikanga.


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The BMVA will provide you with:
    • a culturally-based education in design
    • two and three-dimensional art theory and practice
    • discussion on art issues relating to the development of Māori art
    • development of your perceptual and conceptual skills
    • a cultural foundation for verbal and visual communication
    • interaction with the broader Māori community through exhibitions and community programmes.

Key facts

  • Four years full-time
  • Available at Manawatū. Some courses are available via distance learning.
  • Click here for fees
  • The only Māori Visual Arts degree with te reo as a core subject
  • The College of Creative Arts is NASAD approved as Substantially Equivalent
  • Programme available for international students studying in NZ only


The BMVA can lead to a number of rewarding and interesting careers including artist, teaching Māori art at secondary or tertiary levels, gallery and museum work, design related industries, Iwi and Māori cultural development.

Want to apply?  

Click here to apply for the Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts. Applications for the Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts close on 1 October each year. However late applications will be considered subject to space and availability.

More information

CoCA Yellow Book 2019  creative arts 2020