Master of Māori Visual Arts

Toioho ki Āpiti, the Māori Visual Arts programme, was established in 1995. It is the leading provider of advanced indigenous visual arts education in New Zealand, and has an unparalleled list of significant New Zealand artists amongst its alumni. There is also plenty of exciting new talent amongst our current students and recent graduates.

What is it like?

The programme encourages students to ground their practice within a kaupapa Māori paradigm. International students from other indigenous cultures are encouraged to engage in research and applied practices relevant to their individual cultural contexts.

The programme is especially strong in its ability to embrace customary practice from carving to weaving alongside contemporary practice from painting to moving image.

The Master of Māori Visual Arts at the College of Creative Arts offers:

  • supervision by staff who are leading Maori artists and researchers
  • flexible study options, including extramural study, from New Zealand’s longest-standing provider of university-level distance education
  • marae wananga in February and Te Putahi a Toi wananga in June
  • whanau environment: a warm, friendly, high-achieving peer learning community
  • individual studio space for internal students

Structure of the Masters programme

Option one: studio-only. This includes a written exhibition report.

  • Ngā Miro Whakaaturanga: Master of Māori Visual Arts Thesis Practicum (120 credits)

or option two: mixed studio/theory

  • Te Wahapu Matatau, advanced studio practice (90 credits)
  • One course from Māori studies and/or museum studies (30 credits)


At the Masters level, most students opt for a studio-only programme. Internal students get a studio space on campus. The exhibition is submitted together with an exhibition report that resolves research and practice, or a database that contextualises the body of work within the student's personal oeuvre (if they have over 10 years of practice). Students are encouraged to negotiate an exhibition space in the public domain, in sites relevant to their kaupapa.

Applications are open now.

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  • Key facts

    Due date: 15 November. Late applications are being accepted subject to available spaces.
    Suitable for: candidates with a Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Visual Arts with at least a B average or the equivalent. We welcome applications from indigenous artists internationally.
    Location: Manawatu, or at a distance
    Duration: one year full-time, or two years part-time
    Fees: $6,077.60 - $7,893.60 (indicative) for domestic students. Further fees information.