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

Study Options



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 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.  

Study Pathways

  • Postgraduate study
  • Diploma in Teaching (Secondary)




Taught by some of New Zealand’s premier Mâori artists, this three-year programme is designed to impart practical skills and inspire creativity. It is a broad based programme introducing a range of disciplines with a view to specialisation. Toihoukura’s continuing exhibition and marae based wananga programme guarantees valuable exposure and a constant goal to work toward.

  • Application of Māori philosophy to practical knowledge and techniques of art and design
  • Practical disciplines which may include Whakairo (carving), Raranga (fibre arts), Waituhi (painting), Uku (clay), Tā Moko (traditional skin marking), Multimedia Studies
  • Understanding of Māori culture, including te reo, tikanga and a variety of kawa and moteatea
  • Māori values (tikanga) as they apply to studio practice and the use of different media
  • Historical development of Māori art and its place in society
  • Introduction to intellectual property issues
  • Research and critical analysis practices
  • Communication & presentation skills
  • Effective work and project management practices
  • Exhibition and curatorial skills



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.