Explore Māori art at degree level by specialising in whakairo (carving) or raranga (weaving). Create a major body of work in your final year.
This programme is being replaced with the Bachelor of Creativity in 2018, currently pending approval.

Programme Overview

Engage in the traditional Māori arts of raranga (weaving) or whakairo (carving) to advance skills and knowledge base required to create works of art within your chosen field.

Programme Outline

Students engaged in this study will explore traditional practices and techniques of raranga or whakairo, and also gain complimentary skills in business, curatorship, exhibition practices and taonga management.

Graduates from this programme will be able to:

  • demonstrate excellence in their chosen art field of weaving or carving
  • demonstrate an understanding of tikanga Māori through application of their art practice
  • contribute to the revival and survival of ancient Māori art practice
  • contribute to the evolution of Māori art through individual creative processes and artistic expression
  • apply relevant Māori language (vocabulary, terminology, whakataukī, karakia, and kīwaha) to their major discipline
  • identify appropriate relationships within the toi community, to include marae, hapū and iwi and demonstrate effective engagement
  • engage in arts entrepreneurship with confidence

Entry Requirements

Whitireia degree academic entry requirements and submission of portfolio showing ability in visual art/design.
Portfolios should be one of the following:
  • NCEA Level 3 portfolio or equivalent personal portfolio
  • Arts/Digital Media certificate programme portfolio
  • Portfolio of personal work or any other relevant practical work

The portfolio may include a selection of the following:

  • Sketchbooks/workbooks showing the development of ideas
  • Drawings, including both working drawings and finished works
  • Photographs, slides or CD-ROM files relevant to the applicant's field of study
  • Finished works in the medium in which the applicant wishes to study

Portfolios will be examined for evidence of the applicants potential to develop the following attributes:

  • Technical skills in major studio speciality areas
  • Drawing skills
  • Design processes and concept development​
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