24 months
18906 USD/year
3910 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Challenge your own toi Māori practice, and learn from and be inspired by leading artists. The Master of Māori Visual Arts is offered by Massey University.


Many of New Zealand's most respected Māori artists are graduates of the Master of Māori Visual Arts. More recent graduates attract recognition as emerging talent.

The Master of Māori Visual Arts from Massey University will push you to produce your best creative work grounded in a deep understanding of Māori or indigenous visual culture. Your supervisors will challenge, guide, disrupt and support you, but -most importantly – they will help you develop your own unique creative practice.

Toioho ki Āpiti welcomes all indigenous and Pākehā artists. We encourage engagement in research and applied practices relevant to individual cultural contexts.

Studio is the centre

You will spend most of your time conceiving and making art, in a kaupapa Māori environment, mentored by practicing artists.

You’ll pursue an individually-designed programme of advanced studio practice in Māori or indigenous visual culture related to who you are (whakapapa) as well as your personal strengths and interests.

The degree structure and delivery embraces customary practices from carving to weaving to kowhaiwhai. But it fosters work that does not necessarily adhere to visual indicators of 'Māori' art. The work coming out of Toioho ki Āpiti often asks critical questions about identity and visual culture and exists at the interface of Western and indigenous art.

Flexible study

You can study on campus, with studio space provided, or by distance. There are full-time and part-time options.

Most students initially enrol in a Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Visual Arts, and transfer to the Masters programme for the second year.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Tino Rangatiratanga: Strategic Maori Development
  • Te Tau-Ihu o te Reo: Advanced Maori Literature
  • Ta Te Māori Rangahau Korero: Māori Research Methodologies
  • Taonga Tuku Iho: Heritage Aotearoa
  • Collection Management
  • Museum Management
  • Museums and the Public

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines


240 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements


This programme is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.   

Master of Māori Visual Arts 240-credit

To enter the the Master of Māori Visual Arts you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts, or equivalent, or
  • have been awarded or qualified for a relevant bachelor's degree, or equivalent, and provide evidence of professional experience of an appropriate kind and duration in an area relevant to the qualification, or
  • have practical, professional, and scholarly experience at an appropriate level, and
  • have been awarded or qualified for the Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Visual Arts having achieved at least a B grade average.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    18906 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18906 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    3910 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3910 USD per year during 24 months.

National: 6,982 NZD International: 33,760 NZD

Living costs for Palmerston North

1100 - 2100 NZD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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