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  • Bachelor of Design (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Creative Media Production
  • Bachelor of Commercial Music
  • Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts

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#1 Design School in Asia Pacific (Red Dot ranking), which means our student produce fabulous design work

Ranked in the Top 100 for art and design by World University QS rankings, which means we have some great teachers

Ranked in the Top 100 in the world for our animation programme
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A creative career takes you places – 94% of our design graduates are employed 6 months after graduation

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Design

Choose from a range of design majors including visual communication design, photography, industrial design, fashion design, textile design and spatial design.

Don't wonder what you want to be, but what problems you want to solve.
(Jaime Casap, Google)

The School of Design at Massey is the oldest (1886), largest and most comprehensive design programme in NZ, and is ranked internationally among the best. The four year honours degree aligns us with some of the best design schools in the world, and give our graduates a competitive edge.

Our teachers believe in the power of creativity to make positive changes for people and for the planet, and equip you with the skills sought by 21st century employers. We prepare our graduates for the future, not simply for employability and the development of new products, services and experiences, but for global citizenship and future leadership.

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Fine Arts

Be an inventive, creative and resilient thinker and maker. Make your mark on the world through a variety of art practices, media and careers.

Art is a way of recognizing oneself
(Louise Bourgeois)

Fine Arts students explore art media and processes that include sculpture, painting, drawing, performance, installation, moving image, photography, printmaking, site-responsive work, curatorial activities and art writing. There is an open, friendly culture that encourages diversity and a vertical structure that facilitates a dynamic interaction between year groups.

You'll be taught by some of New Zealand's finest practising artists, curators and communicators, who are well networked with cultural and artistic agencies throughout New Zealand.

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Creative Media
Production

This new degree offers four pathways: film and television; animation and VFX; game development; web and interactive production (covering VR, AR and MR), and is taught by leading academics and practitioners with international portfolios and active industry connections.

Students of Creative Media Production will shape the future of storytelling

This new degree offers four pathways: film and television; animation and VFX; game development; and web and interactive production (covering VR, AR and MR), and is taught by leading academics and practitioners with international portfolios and active industry connections.

Collaborative, cross-disciplinary projects and live briefs provided by industry partners ensure students are industry ready and have connections that facilitate career opportunities. Make a living doing what you love and contribute innovative ideas that have positive economic and cultural impact.

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Commercial Music

Explore and develop new music for the new world, study with award-winning practitioners in world-class facilities.

Established in 2016, the Bachelor of Commercial Music degree is the most progressive music programme in New Zealand. It is future-focused, technology-driven and industry-engaged, with a faculty that includes some of New Zealand’s top music industry professionals.

There are three majors:

  • Music Technology
  • Music Practice
  • Music Industry
Students can choose whether they want to design new music technology, make and perform new music, or immerse themselves in the business of music.

In today’s music industry successful practitioners need to be media-savvy entrepreneurs who are skilled in using and developing new production tools and distribution networks, as well as being in control of live performance and merchandising. Students of Commercial Music at Massey become familiar with composition and production techniques for interactive and digital platforms such as games and mobile applications, and are also be able to demonstrate an understanding of digital rights, music branding and music marketing that differs from traditional business models.

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Māori Visual Arts

Toioho ki Āpiti makes a distinctive contribution to Māori creative arts practice, teaching and research in New Zealand and beyond.

Toioho ki Āpiti is the only university level degree in Māori Visual Art in the world, and includes programmes through to doctoral level.

Its faculty are acknowledged Māori artists in a range of expertise areas, with work that speaks to the past but pushes forward into the contemporary and the experimental. Robert Jahnke ONZM established the School 23 years ago, and faculty continue to lead the way in contemporary Māori art practice and cross-indigenous exchanges.

The emphasis for students is on studio-based practice, and a connection to the local community and iwi that facilitates a culturally rich collective experience based on tikanga Māori, te reo and whakawhanaungatanga.

 

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FAQ

What programmes are available to start in February 2019?
You can start to study the Bachelor of Design (Hons), Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons), Bachelor of Creative Media Production, Bachelor of Commercial Music and Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts.
When are applications due for a 2019 start?
1st October for Design, Fine Arts, Māori Visual Arts, Music (Practice). Late applications may be accepted up to 30 November 2017, subject to available spaces.
13th January for Creative Media Production and Commercial Music (Industry and Music Technology).
When will I be advised if I have been accepted into the programme?

Find out what happens after you apply here.

International Students

Step 1
You can expect to receive an acknowledgement from us within one week after submitting your application.

Step 2
Outstanding documents will be requested.

Step 3
Once your application is complete, it will be academically assessed and if you meet entry requirements you will be issued with an admission Offer of Place, which will also include a link to apply for accommodation.

Step 4
Having accepted your admission Offer of Place, the payment of fees is required. Once fees are paid, you will be issued with an international Receipt of Payment for visa purposes. We will also send you an email with your Massey student ID number.

What is the starting date?
The programme starts in semester one on Monday 25th February 2019. Depending on your timetable, this may alter slightly.
Where is the programme based?
Design, Fine Arts, Creative Media Production and Commercial Music is on the Massey University Wellington campus. Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts is based on the Palmerston North campus.
I am not a recent school leaver but have been working / travelling. Can I still apply?
Yes, definitely!
I am currently studying at another tertiary institution. Can I switch?
Yes, you can. Simply call us at 0800 MASSEY or contact@massey.ac.nz and we will talk over your particular situation in order to make it an easy transition.
Do I need to submit a portfolio?

If you are applying for Bachelor of Design (Hons), Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) or Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts, you will need to submit a portfolio. The portfolio is one way for us to see your creative potential. Please check the portfolio requirements.

Automatic Entry

You automatically gain provisional entry, and do not need to submit a portfolio, if you have:

  • NCEA: NCEA Level 2 with Excellence, including an excellence endorsement in an approved art, design or technology subject. Entry is confirmed once you have achieved University Entrance.
  • CAMBRIDGE: Cambridge International AS grade A or B in an approved art, design or technology subject. Entry is confirmed once you have achieved university entrance.

A portfolio is not required for the Bachelor of Creative Media Production.

Why do I have to apply for an Honours (Hons) degree for Design or Fine Arts?
The Fine Arts and Design degrees take 4 years to complete. For design, you select the subject you wish to major in, in your second year. Your fourth year is considered an honours year.
I have achieved credits at a previous tertiary institution; can this count towards a Massey qualification in design, fine arts or creative media production?
Yes probably. Please discuss with our academic advisers to ascertain how your previous study may fit with a design, fine arts or creative media production qualification.
Is there accommodation available at Massey?

Yes, you will need to apply to be granted accommodation.

Domestic students apply here.

International students apply here.

How much does the programme cost?

The first-year fees are free. Please check your eligibility at feesfree.govt.nz.

Tuition Fees:
*Important note: This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Non-tuition fees and other programme related fees may be payable according to your specific programme enrolment circumstances. After your enrolment is confirmed the University will invoice you for the exact fees due. The actual fees you pay are calculated by adding up the tuition fees for each of your approved papers, together with the non-tuition fees (such as admission, examination and enrolment fees) that are relevant to your situation.

Please check tuition fees here.

  • Domestic undergraduate fees – Full year (120 credits) – $6,632.20*
  • International undergraduate fees – Full year (120 credits) – $32,050*

Non-tuition fees – please check here.

When do I need to choose my major?

The Bachelor of Design (Hons) offers majors in industrial design, visual communication design, fashion design, textile design, spatial design and photography. You will need to choose your major when you enrol.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) and Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts does not offer separate majors.

The Bachelor of Creative Media Production does not offer separate majors but does offer four pathways: film and television; animation and VFX; game development; web and interactive production (covering VR, AR and MR).

The Bachelor of Commercial Music has majors in Practice, Industry and Technology which you need to choose when you enrol.

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