Explore Māori art at degree level. Create a major body of work in your final year. For returning students in 2019 (or those who have studied previously or elsewhere).

A new degree is planned for 2020. Complete the New Zealand Diploma in Ngā Toi in 2019 (equivalent to the first year of the degree) and you can go straight into the second year.

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.

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 criteria

Completion of the Nga Toi programme or equivalent at Level 5. There is the opportunity for any prior learning to be recognised.

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 for the weaving specialisation might include a selection of woven objects and art forms related to works like kete (baskets), kakahu (cloaks, garments) and tukutuku (lattice wall panels).

The carving portfolio might include sketchbooks/workbooks or a selection of carved objects and forms.

Portfolios will be examined for evidence of the applicant's potential to develop the following attributes:

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

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