Explore Māori art at degree level by specialising in whakairo (carving) or raranga (weaving). Create a major body of work in your final year.

The Toi Poutama major of the Bachelor of Creativity is a three year programme that develops students' knowledge of the traditional practices and techniques of raranga or whakairo. The first two years of the Bachelor of Creativity (Toi Poutama) provide students with a strong base in raranga or whakairo. In the third year, students create a major body of work for exhibition.

Programme Outline

This Toi Poutama major of the Bachelor of Creativity combines core courses with specialist raranga and whakairo courses. Students 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

In addition to specialised topics, the Bachelor of Creativity includes both core courses and the option to enrol in electives.


Entry Requirements

University entry or equivalent study/work experience, and evidence of suitability based on portfolio

International students

Proven equivalence to domestic entry requirements and IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5)

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