Undergraduate applications

The College of Creative Arts is world-class and seeks creative, enthusiastic and dedicated students who demonstrate skill and passion for design, music and the visual arts.

Enrolling at Massey is a two-step process

Step 1

Apply to study at Massey University and you will receive a student ID number. Once your application is complete the university will notify you by email. Check you have everything that is required for your application. Here is an application checklist. Make your online application here.

Step 2

Enrol in your courses. Course enrolment opens from 1 October; you will be emailed information about how and when to do this after you have been provisionally accepted to study at the university.


  • Bachelor Of Creative Media Production
  • Bachelor Of Commercial Music

The Bachelor of Creative Media Production is open entry (all pathways), which means all you need to do is apply online at massey.ac.nz/apply.

The Bachelor of Commercial Music (Technology and Industry majors) are open entry, and applicants for these programmes are also encouraged to take part in a consultation with staff to ensure the course is right for you. The Bachelor of Commercial Music (Practice major) requires all applicants to attend an audition.

Please contact commercialmusic@massey.ac.nz if you have any questions.


  • Bachelor of Design (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts

There are three main ways to apply for select entry degrees.

1.   Automatic Entry

If you are still at secondary school or left secondary school with NCEA and have achieved NCEA level 2 or level 3 with Excellence overall and an excellence endorsement in an approved art, design or technology subject, you have automatic entry, and will not need to submit a portfolio.

This also applies to students achieving Cambridge International AS grade A or B in an approved art, design or technology subject.

When you apply online and you are prompted to upload a portfolio – please either:

a) Upload a copy of your NCEA level 2 or 3 results


b) Upload a note (handwritten is OK) stating

“I qualify for Auto Entry” and we will verify this with NZQA. 

2.   Portfolio Pre-approval Entry

You can show ‘work in progress’ to a Massey College of Creative Arts staff member during a visit to a school, at a Massey Open Day or at another arranged event. Staff will look at examples of your work with you, whether it be on digital platforms like Tumblr or Instagram, or in workbooks and folders, and if this shows the creative potential we are looking for they will sign a Portfolio Pre-Approval letter, which you can then upload with your online application – a final portfolio will not need to be submitted after this.

If you would like to speak to someone about Portfolio Pre-Approval please email creative@massey.ac.nz

3.   Portfolio Entry

A portfolio is a selection of your creative work that demonstrates your creative potential. It can include examples from school or your own personal projects at home or in the community. Find out more about portfolio requirements.


We also welcome applications from people who do not have a standard secondary school art or design background; people who have not had the opportunity to take NCEA subjects in art or design; and people who, for good reason, have not had the opportunity to complete a portfolio by the due date.

Please contact us at contact@massey.ac.nz to discuss alternative ways of demonstrating your desire and potential in these subject areas.

Semester Start Dates

2019 semester start dates

Application Due Dates

Semester 1 (Start February)

1 October for Design, Fine Arts, Māori Visual Arts, Music (Practice). Late applications may be accepted subject to available spaces.

13 January for Creative Media Production and Commercial Music (Industry and Music Technology).

Semester 2 (Start July)

30 June for Design, Fine Arts and Creative Media Production.

Application Enquiries

Phone 0800 MASSEY (0800 627 739) Text 5222 
Email contact@massey.ac.nz 
Apply online massey.ac.nz/apply