The College of Creative Arts has a number of research and teaching related awards and also encourages staff to apply to the wide range of University awards, which are available in recognition of contribution and excellence.

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  • L’affare Photography Scholarship


    Established in Wellington in 1990, L’affare is a pioneer of New Zealand’s celebrated café and coffee culture. Creativity is a vital part of exploration; discovering new things from afar and threading them back into the fabric that is L’affare. The role Massey University’s College of Creative Arts plays is one L’affare relates to, as it is a place where nurturing this creativity is a priority.

    L’affare want to support young creatives at Massey University. They appreciate the challenges and opportunities that a career in the creative arts can bring, and are keen to help foster the curiosity, determination and passion that a creative career demands. Two L’affare scholarships in photography will be awarded to first year students who meet the criteria below:


    • L’affare Photography Scholarship is open to applicants enrolling in the first year of the Bachelor of Design (Hons) degree, intending to major in photography
    • Applicants must be New Zealand domestic students

    Applications must include

    • Your name, address and cell phone number
    • Brief statement (up to 500 words about you, your photography, your inspirations and motivations)
    • PDF Portfolio (5 to 10 photographic works)
    • NCEA results (or equivalent)


    Tenure and Value

    • Two L’affare Photography Scholarships shall be awarded annually
    • The value of the Scholarship is $5000, of which $4000 contributes towards fees and $1000 towards course related photography costs (receipts required for the purchase of equipment).


    Conditions of the Award

    • The recipient will be acknowledged on the L’affare Photography Scholarship page of the College of Creative Arts website with a photo and a statement
    • Should the scholarship recipient defer or withdraw from their studies, they may apply in writing to the Programme Leader Photography for the scholarship to be carried forward for a specified period of no more than 12 months.
    • The selection panel may refrain from making an award in the event of there being no suitable applicants.
    • All applicants should continue to apply in the usual manner to Study Link for fee loans. Successful applicants will have their fees refunded to the value of $4,000. 


    Selection Process and Criteria

    • The purpose of the award is to identify and support new voices in contemporary photography.
    • Applications will be considered by a selection panel comprised of three faculty members from Massey University’s College of Creative Arts.
    • The panel is looking for applications that demonstrate innovation, skill and enquiring minds. All types of photographic work will be considered.



    Successful applicants will be supported to stage a small exhibition of their photographic work at L’affare (Wellington) at the completion of the first year of study.


    Contracted Work

    There may also be the opportunity for contracted work at L’affare, which will be explored as the student progresses through their studies.


    Closing Date

    Applications must be submitted electronically by 1 October each year to, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wellington. Any enquiries can also be made to David Cook, Programme Leader Photography 

    Please download more information and the application form here.

  • Toioho ki Āpiti (BMVA) Undergraduate Scholarship

    Whiti o Rehua School of Art wishes to encourage a wider knowledge of Maori contemporary art in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

    Ten scholarships of $5000 each will be awarded to students entering their first year of the BMVA degree programme in 2017. This award will be distributed throughout the four years of study, and will be available for students to use as needed – art materials, living expenses or tuition fees. 

    All applicants must be eligible, and intending, to enrol:
    •for full-time (minimum of 105 credits) study;
    •in the first year (i.e. 100 level) of the Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts (BMVA) programme;
    •in the year following this award.
    The Award is open to domestic and international students.

    Application requirements
    •A brief statement describing what interests you about contemporary Maori arts, and what you hope to gain from taking the degree (no more than 300 words).
    •A brief statement outlining what your future goals are in relation to your study (no more than 150 words).
    •School Leaver applicants: a copy of official interim NZQA Level 2 NCEA results (issued in January) (or exam equivalent – e.g.Cambridge exams etc) Note: if you have completed Level 3 NCEA please supply both Level 2 and Level 3 results.
    •Non School leaver applicants: a verified copy of your secondary school results or other post-secondary academic achievements.
    •10-15 images of your work in an appropriate digital or hardcopy format according to the medium eg. links to websites, flashdrives, link to dropbox, JPEG files or printed photographs.
    •A brief (no more than one page) curriculum vitae highlighting your academic achievements

    A supporting letter from an appropriately qualified person and/or organisation (e.g. art teacher, Te Reo teacher, dean, principal, gallery director, community leader, Kaumatua of your iwi/hapu/marae) will assist in the success of your application, although this is not compulsory.

    Applicants must disclose other awards they hold or have applied for. The Selection Committee is not obligated to consider other grants but might choose to take these into account.

    Responsibility for the Award
    The scholarships shall be awarded on the recommendation of a specified Selection Committee, consisting of the Head of School Whiti o Rehua School of Art, the programme leader of the Maori Visual Arts programme, and the Toioho ki Apiti Postgraduate Coordinator.


    This $5000 award will be distributed throughout the four years of study, and will be available for students to use as needed – art materials, living expenses or tuition fees.

    Conditions to the award
    Successful admission to Massey and the BMVA programme. 

    Closing date
    30 November each year for the following year.

    College of Creative Arts
    Whiti o Rehua School of Art
    Wallace Street, Mount Cook
    Wellington 6121

    Application cannot be accepted before 01/09/2016.

    Download an application form here.

  • Peter Turner Scholarship in Documentary Photography

    The Peter Turner Scholarship in Documentary Photography, worth $5,000, is awarded annually to an exceptional candidate wishing to advance their photographic work through a period of postgraduate study.

    New Zealand and Australian citizens enrolling for full-time study leading to the degree of Master of Fine Arts in photography are eligible to apply.

    Application deadline: 15 December.

    Click here for more information and an application form.

    For previous scholarship winners click here.

  • Excellence Awards for Latin America

    The purpose of this award is to reward students from Latin America and provide financial assistance to study at Massey University.

    Category of awards

    1. Students who meet all academic and English language entry requirements into an academic programme will receive a one-off $5,000 award towards their tuition fees.
    2. Students who receive a conditional offer of place subject to meeting the English language entry requirements are eligible for the following tuition fees discounts:
             i.     For the Intensive English programme, students will receive a 50% tuition fees discount for the first three months of English study.
            ii.     For the Direct Entry English Pathway (DEEP) programme, students will receive a 25% tuition fees discount for the DEEP programme.

    Terms and conditions

    • This promotion is valid for any successful applications received until 31st October 2016, for commencement of academic study by 2018
    • The award is applicable only for students wishing to study a programme within the College of Creative Arts and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University
    • The 50% and 25% tuition fees discount on English language programmes will be applied only once a student successfully enrols and commences an academic programme in the College of Creative Arts or College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Awards are to be applied as a credit toward the tuition fees of the academic programme
    • The award is valid for study in the Intensive English and DEEP programmes on the Palmerston North and Wellington Campuses only
    • Students are eligible for one Massey University Excellence Award only
    • Students are eligible to receive other home government scholarships (eg. COLFUTURO) in addition to the Massey University Excellence Award
    • The Awards are for Bachelors, Graduate Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters programmes at Massey University for programmes in the College of Creative Arts and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Download the flyer here.

    For more information contact

    Tim Croft
    College of Creative Arts
    Phone: +64 21 886 949                                                     

    Djhoanna Lambert
    College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    P: +64 21 433 036

  • Hinemoa Hilliard Memorial Scholarship

    E aku nui, e aku rahi, tena koutou katoa.
    Ahakoa kua ngaro i te tirohanga kanohi, ka ora tonu i a tatou nei mahi.
    The Hinemoa Hilliard Memorial Scholarship has been established in memory of Hinemoa Hilliard's influence as an inspirational writer and teacher whose warmth and knowledge touched students and staff during the 15 years she worked at Massey University Whiti o Rehua the School of Art (1999-2013).
    The Scholarship celebrates strong writing about Māori art and design, engagement with kaupapa Māori and manaakitanga, and will support a first year College of Creative Arts student to continue their studies through a one year full domestic fee waiver for their second year of full time study.
    For more information please see the Hinemoa Hilliard Memorial Scholarship Guidelines here.
    Applications must be submitted electronically by 9 December to


  • Helen Hitchings Fine Art Scholarship

    Helen Hitchings (1920—2002) was a visionary art dealer and lifetime supporter of innovative New Zealand artists and designers. In her will, she established an annual scholarship to support a postgraduate Fine Arts student specializing in painting or sculpture, who shows exceptional artistic promise. The award will be made in association with the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, where Helen Hitchings’ archives and collection are now based.


    Tenure and value
    The value of the scholarship is $2,500 per annum. The scholarship is renewable for up to three consecutive years of a full-time postgraduate degree, or up to six years (on a pro-rata basis) for part-time study. The renewal of the award is conditional on satisfactory progress as advised by the student’s Head of School.

    The award will also cover travel expenses up to $500 for one professional development trip to Wellington, where the student is invited to meet with Te Papa art curators for feedback and discussion of their work. This part of the award is non-renewable, and can be granted only once during the tenure of the scholarship.


    Applicants must be enrolled in a postgraduate fine arts programme (MFA, PhD, or equivalent) at a New Zealand university, with a specialisation in painting or sculpture.


    Two nominees of exceptional promise will be sought from each Head of the Schools of Fine Art at the University of Auckland, AUT University, Massey University and the University of Canterbury. The shortlisted nominees will be selected on the basis of their programme submission portfolio.

    The final awardee will be chosen from the shortlist by the art curatorial team at Te Papa and former scholarship trustee Patricia Lawrey. The Scholarship will be awarded to the candidate who, in their opinion, demonstrates the most artistic promise, innovation and originality in the disciplines of painting or sculpture.


    Conditions of the award
    The award may be held concurrently with other bursaries or scholarships.