Toi Rauwhārangi

College of Creative Arts

Ranked third in Asia-Pacific in 2020 by Red Dot—the only Australasian university in the top ten.


Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts is what the future of creativity feels like.

We provide a thriving, well-resourced and inspiring learning environment that fosters research, scholarship and creative practice.

Our students flourish in the creative industries, win awards, represent New Zealand and hold key positions that define creative thinking in businesses around the world.

Study fine arts, Māori visual art, design, commercial music and creative media production at Toi Rauwhārangi.

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Creative arts research - Wayne Barrar


Toi Rauwhārangi's research explores the intersection of the creative arts and humanity, and our researchers are world class in their fields. 

We excel across many disciplines and have the highest number of top-ranked researchers in design, visual art and craft in New Zealand following the 2018 PBRF round.  

Our researchers work with industry, professional groups, government and the cultural sector in New Zealand and internationally, offering a rich context and transformative experience for our postgraduate students.

Creative arts research

Meet our staff

Professor Claire Robinson

Pro Vice-Chancellor

Professor Claire Robinson’s research interest is the visual communication of political messages in the context of election campaigning and political leadership. Her research has been disseminated through international peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, international conferences and designs. Robinson is a frequent media commentator on New Zealand politics. She is available to supervise postgraduate students up to PhD level.

Professor Brian Lucid

Head of School (Ngā Pae Māhutonga Wellington School of Design)

Dr Huhana Smith

Head of School (Whiti o Rehua School of Art)

Associate Professor Andre Ktori

Head of School (Te Rewa o Puanga School of Music and Creative Media Production)

Professor Tony Parker

Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor

Associate Professor Anna Brown

Director of Toi Āria: Design for Public Good

Distinguished Professor Anne Noble ONZM

Distinguished Professor of Fine Art (Photography)

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Awards and accreditation

Meet our graduates


    3D Workshop

    Students can access a number of workshops on campus, alongside technical staff who will introduce them to the equipment and assist them if required. The 3D Workshop has specialty spaces to explore materials, prototyping and manufacturing processes. This includes wood, plastics, engineering, resins/ casting, welding, sanding and spray booths, CNC (water jet cutter, laser cutters, mill, routers) through to wood and metal working machinery and hand tools.


    Students can access a number of workshops on campus, alongside technical staff who will introduce them to the equipment and assist them if required. Equipment in the fine arts workshop includes a range of wood and metal working machinery, hand tools, a spray booth and casting area.

    Dye, digital print and screen print

    Students have access to the synthetic colouration and natural dye laboratory, which includes a dye vat and colour testing winch. There is also a digital sublimation printer for polyester fabrics and materials, and screen printing facility with 7m print tables.

    Rehearsal rooms

    Students can access five acoustically treated rehearsal rooms with backline and vocal PA systems suitable for modern music. The production rehearsal room, which also doubles as a live venue, is equipped with PA and full professional lighting rig.

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    Recording studios

    Designed by Munro Acoustics (London) and Athfield Architects (WGTN), Massey University has recently constructed world-class recording facilities at the Wellington Campus. The flagship studio features 300m2 of live-rooms controlled by two of the world’s most sought-after desks; a 72ch Neve, and a 48ch SSL Duality analogue console. Both control rooms have an impressive selection of outboard and monitoring is with Dynaudio Acoustics soffit mounted speakers in 5.1.

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    Electronics technology laboratory

    Students can access a dedicated Technology Lab, that has specialist equipment for hardware development, software development, electronics, prototyping and 3D printing.

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    Printmaking studio

    The print and type studio includes: A laser cutter; vinyl cutter; metal and wooden type; cylinder and platen presses; and screen printing equipment.

    Textiles construction studio

    Our spacious textile weave and knit design and construction studio includes domestic single bed knitting machines, 8 shaft table looms, 16 and 32 shaft AVL floor looms, and a needle felting machine for felt and non-woven production.

    Fashion workrooms

    Students have access to extensive workrooms that include plain sewers, overlockers, industrial presses, buttonholers, bar tackers, knit and leather machinery. The expansive studios have large tables for pattern-making and cutting, and computer labs for digital pattern-making using CAD software, pattern digitising and plotting. There is space for students to set up their own working stations as they prepare final collections or presentations.

    Gear checkout

    Our combined gear library has top-of-the-line equipment for students and researchers, including 5K cameras, lighting and audio kits, 360 cameras and VR/AR/MR kits.

    VFX studio

    Massey University’s Wellington campus houses cutting edge digital production and post-production tools. Students can use high-end digital cameras with the 300m2 green screen and lighting gear to create the perfect shot in post-production. Our range of camera equipment will help get your shot moving, or keep it perfectly still, or post-production artists can record motion-capture takes using our 24 camera Vicon motion capture array.

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