Undertake an exploration of the Māori art forms of raranga or whaikairo, underpinned by te reo, tikanga and mātauranga toi

Programme Overview

This programme aims to create the environment of Te Whare Toi: a sharing, thriving, mana-enhancing,  highly interactive learning place for the research and application of Ngā Toi (Māori art) practices, underpinned by te reo, tikanga and mātauranga toi.

Programme Outline

With option to specialise in either weaving (raranga) or carving (whakairo), this programme covers mātauranga toi (Māori art knowledge) through a range of topics: 

  • Tikanga-a-toi (art form protocols)
  • Planning and management of an artwork
  • Practical application to create an artwork
  • Te reo-a-toi (art-form terminology)
  • Research of art form history, traditions
  • Exploration of the new
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi and marae protocols

Graduates will be able to apply mātauranga toi to plan, design, manage and create an art form of their specialty. They will have a deeper understanding of art form traditions, including tikanga, reo  and related knowledge to enable informed decision making  for future art development. 

Entry Requirements

NCEA level 2 or equivalent skills and/or knowledge and evidence of ability based on a portfolio and interview. The portfolio is to include examples of visual material (art, design, craft)

International students

Proven equivalence to domestic entry requirements and IELTS 5.5 (no band below 5.0)


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