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College of Creative Arts , Toi Rauwhārangi

Diverse. Dynamic. Daring. The College of Creative Arts — Toi Rauwhārangi explores what the future of creativity looks like in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Overview

The college fosters research, hands-on practice and scholarship across fine arts, design, music and media production. 

Our staff and students believe in the power of creativity to drive positive change. We are committed to growing Māori and Pacific arts and artists and supporting indigenous creative practice.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi at Massey

We are deeply committed to being a Tiriti-led college, demonstrating authentic leadership in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand as we uphold te Tiriti o Waitangi, the founding document of our nation, and its principles through our practice. We embrace this not just as an obligation but as a real opportunity for the nation and its people.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi ki Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa – The Treaty of Waitangi at Massey

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Study with us

From design to fine arts, screen arts to music and Māori visual arts, the College of Creative Arts offers a rich variety of learning options.

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Our research

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About us

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Who we are

Our staff are diverse, collaborative, caring and celebrated. Meet leaders in the College of Creative Arts.

Professor Ngatai Taepa

Professor Ngatai Taepa

Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori, College of Creative Arts

Ngatai is one of Aotearoa's most significant and innovative contemporary Māori artists. He has produced an impressive body of work that combines Mātauranga Māori with contemporary expression.

He has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, and was a leading member of Te Kāhui Toi: the artistic team behind the award-winning Te Rau Karamu Marae.

Professor Kingsley Baird

Professor Kingsley Baird

Acting Head of School, School of Art

Kingsley Baird is a visual artist, writer, and professor of fine arts at the Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts. His research is an investigation of memory, memorialisation, and remembrance, primarily in relation to war, culture, national identity, mythology, place, and new conceptual, aesthetic, and material ways of creating memory forms.

Dr Bridget Johnson

Dr Bridget Johnson

Head of School, School of Music and Creative Media Production

Bridget has worked in Te Rewa o Puanga from its inception and was heavily involved in the development phases for all programmes within the school.

She comes from a background of design and development of new technology for music and media projects. Her unique approach blends creative arts with technology development and engineering techniques.

Associate Professor Sven Mehzoud

Associate Professor Sven Mehzoud

Head of School, Wellington School of Design

Sven Mehzoud has directed design programmes at New Zealand and Australian universities for over 20 years and is originally from Switzerland where he practiced architecture. Sven’s creative practice encompasses exhibition design, scenography and interior architectural design, and currently focuses on narrative constructions in museums and exhibition design.

Schools

Our college is home to three schools.

School of Art

The School of Art – Whiti o Rehua expands and challenges people's perceptions of the world.

School of Music and Creative Media Production

Responding to Aotearoa New Zealand’s reputation for innovation and creativity in both music and media production.

Wellington School of Design

Wellington School of Design – Ngā Pae Mahutonga has a global reputation for innovative problem-solving through design.

Creative arts news

Discover news from the College of Creative Arts.

Eco-friendly postpartum underwear takes out Grand Ideas competition

Friday 17 May 2024

Postpartum underwear aimed at promoting healing after childbirth, whilst also being eco-friendly and comfortable, has been crowned the winner of Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa 鶹Ƶ’s Grand Ideas competition .

Screen Arts student wins funding for animated series Bloke of the Apocalypse

Tuesday 14 May 2024

Bachelor of Screen Arts student Charlie Faulks will be producing a zombie apocalypse-themed YouTube series thanks to funding from NZ On Air.

Māori creatives shine at 60th Venice Biennale

Tuesday 23 April 2024

The prestigious art exhibition La Bienale Di Venezia opened its doors last week to showcase a range of works from global artists, with an installation from our Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts cohort receiving the highest accolade from the event - the Golden Lion.

Designing a legacy with a nine-year Red Dot Awards success streak

Tuesday 12 December 2023

Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts (CoCA) has taken second place in the 2023 Red Dot Design Awards for the Asia and Pacific regions, making it the ninth consecutive year of being in the top three universities.

Contact the College of Creative Arts

College of Creative Arts – Wellington campus

Location

Physical address
Block 1
Te Whare Pukākā
Mount Cook
Wellington 6021

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