Postgraduate Studies


Postgraduate Studies

Postgraduate Studies

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Master of Creative Performance Practice (MCCP)

The Master of Creative Performance Practice is a bold new qualification that provides learning via a practice-based research model that encourages students to explore and deepen their own and others’ creative performance practices via a decolonised world view. This programme is designed for active professionals working within the performing arts throughout Aotearoa, Te Moana Nui a Kiwa and the world, who wish to examine and strengthen their own creative practices through a critical lens.


Course Information

The structure of the programme encourages students to apply advanced research, critical and cultural skills and knowledge to a creative project to advance their area of focus. Delivery will be dynamic and interactive, and achieved through a blend of online classes, wānanga, group and one-to-one tutorial support, direct mentoring/supervision from academic staff and industry professionals and research through creative practice. The design of this programme allows flexibility for individuals who are managing work/life commitments to not have to be in Wellington on-campus full time.

This Level 9, 180 credit programme, is a Master’s Degree (primarily by thesis) and may be awarded to participants who have successfully completed the core papers over three consecutive semesters full-time, or over a maximum of six semesters part-time.

The core papers are:

•         Research Methodologies for Creative Performance [30 credits]

This course provides students with the academic skills necessary to engage with post-graduate study, familiarise themselves with the whakapapa of academic research, and investigate how research can be harnessed to explore contemporary ideas pertaining to the value and practice of creativity.

•         Decolonizing Creative Contexts [30 credits]

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore their own and others creative performance practices through a decolonised world view. Students will consider the cultural contexts of the hegemonic Western knowledge system, applying a critical lens to the selection of research methods for their creative kaupapa.

·        Thesis: Creative Project [120 credits]

This course provides students with the opportunity to apply advanced research, critical and cultural skills, and knowledge to a creative project (thesis) to advance their area of focus. Students will attend a series of wānanga where they will participate in a collaborative environment through sharing, testing and critically reflecting, towards the development of a unique creative project. Students will be encouraged and supported to utilise novel or existing kaupapa which sit outside colonised practices and that can contribute to the cultural network of practices in Aotearoa, Te Moana Nui a Kiwa and worldwide.

Toi Whakaari encourages applications from people interested in (but not limited to) the following areas:


●       Kaupapa Māori creative practice

●       Cultural practice

●       Acting Craft

●       Performance Design / scenography

●       Directing

●       Production practices

●       Writing for performance

●       Arts Management  

●       Multimedia performance

●       Collaborative practices

●       Interdisciplinary creative practice

●       New media

●       Community Arts

●       Creative Leadership

●       Creative Education

School year

Next intake March 2025


1.5 years (full-time)

NZQA Accreditation

Level 9

Domestic fees

MCPP801/802 $2250, MCPP901 $8007

International fees

MCPP801/802 $6990, MCPP901 $27,960

Application Process

Students will be admitted to this course of study via application and interview. All applicants will be considered by an approvals committee. Applicants will be considered on the basis of eligibility for the programme, sufficient evidence of creative practice, appropriate area of focus, and the kura’s capacity to provide adequate supervision for their desired study. Applicants must meet the following conditions to be considered for entry: ● A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in the creative or performing arts accompanied by relevant professional experience or postgraduate diploma. ● A Bachelor’s degree in an unrelated discipline with a minimum of three years’ applied work experience within a relevant field and can demonstrate the specific learning skills to succeed on the programme. ● Applicants without a degree will be considered where appropriate, provided they have at least five years relevant experience in a professional context and can demonstrate the specific learning skills to succeed on the programme. ● Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to prove their English language proficiency by gaining an academic score of 6.5, (with no band score lower than 6), in an IELTS test or similar. To apply for the programme, please use the 'Apply Now' button following the guidelines below.

Your application should include answers to the following personal statement questions:

·        Short paragraph on your creative / academic background.

·        CV highlights.

·        Short paragraph on future aspirations including reason for undertaking Masters study.

·        Area of creative research you are interested in exploring (bearing in mind that this may change as you progress through your first semester of learning).

·        Support material - include here any relevant examples of your work (as a pdf document, which you can email to us). You can include links within this to a personal website and/or video examples of previous work. You can also include a link to your website or other support material in the online application form.


This is an opportunity to discuss a bit further the potential focus of your creative thesis project. Some things you may want to think about before this are:

·        Creative project aims, goals and research questions

·        Knowledge of existing research / references within this field

·        Proposed methods for undertaking your practice-based research

·        Potential resources required

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