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Master of Fine Arts

Key facts

  • Available at Wellington
  • Application due date - 30 November 2019 for February 2020 (Semester One) start.
  • Two years full-time, or three to four years part-time
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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Entry requirements

    1. Admission to Massey University;
    2. Attainment of a Bachelor of Design (Honours) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) or Postgraduate Diploma in Design or Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts or equivalent with a grade average of B;
    3. Selection into the programme through an interview and the assessment of a portfolio of submitted art and design work; and
    4. Required English language proficiency of an academic IELTS of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0), for applicants whose first language is not English

An “equivalent” qualification may include a Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Fine Arts along with relevant industry/professional experience.

Application due date

  • 30 November 2019 for February 2020 (Semester One) start.

Late applications may be accepted, subject to available spaces.

International applicants should allow at least three months for processing.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Master of Fine Arts structure

The programme consists of 240 credits delivered internally on the Wellington campus over a period of 2 years full-time study, or part-time options are available.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates


Part One

197.821 Postgraduate Studio and Seminar
197.822 Thesis Project Preparation

Part Two

197.811 Thesis I20 Credit Part 1
197.812 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2

Progression to Part Two will be conditional upon achievement of a B Grade Average over Part One.

For more information or planning advice please discuss with an Academic Advisor.

Majors or endorsements

The Master of Fine Arts may be awarded with or without a subject in either Fine Arts or Design. The subject will be specified following the successful completion of Part One.

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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