Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts (Te Toi o Ngā Rangi)

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


3 years


Level 7

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Māori art is a specialised field that is highly sought nationally and internationally.  Students of Te Toi o Ngā Rangi will be taught by some of New Zealand’s premier Māori artists who have vested many years in ensuring Māori art is preserved.

Graduates of the degree will be the face, voice and vehicle to move Māori contemporary art beyond the 21st century.

Students will initially be introduced to a wide range of art disciplines, with a view to specialisation in year 2 and fine tuning their craft in year 3. Toihoukura’s wānanga based delivery provides the opportunity to link to past traditional practices whilst allowing scope to express art forms in a modern format. Leading Māori art specialists are often called upon to share their expertise providing a ‘real life’ perspective of the art world to students.

Study and Career Pathways

Career opportunites can include:

  • Practicing artist
  • Teacher
  • Gallery and exhibitions curatorRūnanga and community group positions
  • A wide range of creative industry vocations

Pathway to postgraduate studies:

  • Te Hono ki Toi (Poutiri-a-Rangi) Bachelor of Creative Practice (Honours) [Level 8]
  • Te Hono ki Toi (Poutiriao) Master of Professional Practice (Creative Practice)
  • Te Ara Pourewa/Graduate Diploma in Heritage and Museum Studies


Starts February


Te Toi o Ngā Rangi: Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts [Level 7] is is a 3-year/ 360 credit degree that can be studied on either a full or part time basis. It is taught by some of New Zealand’s premier Māori artists, and is well supported by New Zealand’s Māori arts sector, Māori communities, and a range of leading Māori art specialists across the nation. Students develop their creativity through focussing on art practice underpinned by traditional research methods. As studies primarily Gisborne based, academic research is informed by te reo Māori me ona tikanga o Te Tairāwhiti.

Courses start at level 5 in the first year of study and all subjects are fully prescribed, initially introducing students to a broad range of art disciplines. However, in subsequent years students are offered a selection of options to complement compulsory courses, and support their art specialty development.

Toihoukura has a comprehensive annual exhibition schedule and marae based wānanga programme which is embedded across all year levels to guarantee the integrity of the practice of art within a Māori paradigm.


  • Realise their full potential intellectually and creatively
  • Affirm the importance of te reo, tikanga, kawa and mōteatea as the basis of Māori artistic expression
  • Are effective and confident art professionals
  • Can contribute to the restoration, conservation and development of art and design skills and practices unique to hapū, iwi, and waka
  • Are confident and competent in all aspects of Māori culture relevant to Māori art and design
  • Are confident to contribute to projects locally, nationally and internationally



A person is eligible to apply for entry who:

  • Has attained University Entrance (UE)
  • Can satisfactorily prove that they have the potential to succeed on the programme and is over the age of 20 years by the official start date of their programme
  • Level placement, cross credit and/or recognition of prior learning as approved by approved by the Academic Committee

Standard discretionary entrance guidelines will apply.

Selection criteria and process

An offer of place on the programme will be extended to applicants who meet the entry criteria and demonstrate the potential to successfully complete the programme on the basis of:

  • A portfolio of work that represents the applicant’s level of achievement
  • An interview
  • Evidence of ability to cope with the academic demands of the programme (for those without a University Entrance qualification)
  • Curriculum vitae (optional)

Applicants who submit a formal application to enrol on the programme, and who meet the entry criteria will be required to submit a portfolio of work and attend an interview.

The interview provides an opportunity for degree staff to confirm the authenticity of the applicant’s portfolio, appraise and discuss work in considering the applicant’s suitability for admission. It will determine whether an applicant is offered a place on the programme, and if so at what level of the programme the applicant will be offered a place. The interviews will include two or more of the degree staff.

English Language Entry Requirement

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must have an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to enrolment in the programme. This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including successful study of a programme in which English was the language of instruction, completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4 Academic), approved scores on IELTS tests (6.0 Academic with no band score lower than 5.5), or completion of accepted international equivalents.

Entry with Credit

Recognition of Academic Credit

Cross credit and recognition of prior learning will be in accordance with faculty regulations and Institutional Guidelines. Level placement is a type of recognition of prior learning that has special relevance to this degree, and regulations that are particular to this degree are dealt with below.

The maximum amount of credit achievable by cross credit or recognition of prior learning is 240 credits.

Level Placement

  • Applicants to the programme may apply for level placement or it may be recommended by academic staff during the application interview.
  • Applicants for level placement will provide evidence of relevant experience and achievement through the selection process. Applicants must also demonstrate the ability to cope with the academic demands of the level at which they are being placed. If an applicant is applying for level placement, it is recommended that they submit a curriculum vitae as part of their application for admission to the programme.
  • Once an applicant’s level placement has been formally approved, they will be granted academic credit for those courses between the entry level and the level at which they have been placed, that is, those courses at Level 5 and above from which they have been exempted.