The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at Massey University has a strong collective philosophy. By bringing together students from design and fine arts, the MFA fosters intense conversations and exploration.
For designers and artists
Choose whether you want to graduate with an MFA in design, in fine arts or without endorsement if you believe your work cannot be framed in terms of either discipline.
We have had students join the programme whose undergraduate training is in fashion design, photography, textile design, industrial design, graphic design, fine arts and even music.
Internationally-recognised and unique in New Zealand
We have the largest number of internationally ranked researchers in visual art and design of any New Zealand university. All academic staff teaching into postgraduate programmes have significant research profiles.
The Massey MFA has been awarded ‘substantial equivalency’ status by the US National Association of Schools of Art and Design, putting it on a par with similar degrees from many leading US universities.
Rare in Australasia, the Massey MFA takes place over two years, offering you time to explore creatively, interrogate the fundamentals of your practice, and push your work in new directions. By the second year you will have a critically informed sense of who you are as a creative practitioner and carry that into your final thesis project.
Some of the things we value: lively debate, criticality, technical virtuosity; social engagement, challenge, metamorphosis and great kai.
- Advanced Studio Praxis
- 24 months
- 72 months
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DisciplinesVisual Arts Fine Arts View 43 other Masters in Visual Arts in New Zealand
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
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This programme is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.
To enter the Master of Fine Arts you will:
- have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Design with Honours or Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (or equivalent) with a minimum B average, or
Have been awarded or qualified for a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts or Postgraduate Diploma in Design (or equivalent) with a minimum B average, or
- have been awarded a relevant Bachelor’s degree with a minimum B average and demonstrated relevant industry or professional experience.
You will also need to:
- take part in an interview
- provide a portfolio of design work
- provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
International18396 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18396 USD per year during 24 months.
National3901 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 3901 USD per year during 24 months.
National: 6,982 NZD International: 32,910 NZD
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