Be surrounded in a whānau atmosphere by inspiring people that are well-known contemporary artists, who can help you soar to new levels of creativity.
Develop your art practice in shared studio spaces, from painting and sculpture, to photography, moving image and installation.
Learn te reo Māori at the level that’s right for you.
Explore what it means to be Māori today.
Discover new ways of expressing yourself as an artist and push boundaries in contemporary art.
Puawai (Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngāti Kauwhata, Rakahanga—Cook Islands) says her BMVA gave her the confidence to express herself.
“The amazing lecturers have open minds about different whakaaro, different types of work and you’re appreciated for your ideas. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the BMVA… the skills to express myself and the confidence and passion I’ve gained in my art and in where I come from, in my pepeha.”
“When I started I was really passionate about painting, but the course offers other art forms like photography and media studies. Over the years my passion changed as I started creating videos.”
Being able to develop her love of tikanga Māori was also a big draw for Puawai.
“Professor Bob Jahnke took us to a lot of different marae and I learned about the techniques our ancestors used in carvings and got to touch base on where we come from. I guess we’re the next generation to create something new.”
After graduating Puawai became one of the presenters on iconic youth TV show Pukana and has a growing online audience for her ‘Hey Puawai’ videos.
“I know my qualification has really set me on a strong path and I want to share that experience with others to empower them to give study a go and to dream bigger.”
Selected entry—you'll need to show us a portfolio of your creative work, unless you have excellent secondary school results.
Selected entry—you'll need to show us a portfolio of your creative work, unless you've completed the BMVA. Find out more about entry.
Selected entry—you'll need a BMVA or PGDipMVA, or to show evidence of other suitable experience or qualification. Find out more about entry.
Professor Robert Jahnke (Ngai Taharora, Te Whanau a Iritekura, Te Whanau a Rakairo o Ngati Porou) is an artist, writer and curator working principally as a sculptor, although trained as a designer and animator. In 1991 he established our Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts programme.
Considered one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary Māori artists, his practice straddles design, illustration, animation and sculpture, using a range of media including found objects, steel and lead, and more recently neon, mirrors and steel.
He has created major public works, including window and door designs for the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, wall reliefs for the High Court Building and Bowen House in Wellington, and the waharoa for the Sky Casino entrance in Auckland.
Of Samoan-German-Irish-Māori heritage, Professor Jahnke’s work explores political issues that face Māori people, the relationship between Māori and European colonisers and the impact of Christianity on Maori culture.
In 2016 he was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori art and education.
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