Te Toi o Ngā Rangi | Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


3 years


Level 7

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Toihouora! Toihoutangata! Toihoukura!

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.

You will initially be introduced to a wide range of art disciplines, with a view to specialisation in year 2 and fine tuning your 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 curator
  • Rūnanga 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 Creative Practice
  • Te Ara Pourewa | Graduate Diploma in Heritage and Museum Studies


Te Toi o Ngā Rangi | Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts 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.

You will develop your creativity through focusing on art practice underpinned by traditional research methods. As studies are 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 you to a broad range of art disciplines. However, in subsequent years you will be offered a selection of options to complement compulsory courses, and support your 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 your full potential intellectually and creatively
  • Affirm the importance of te reo, tikanga, kawa and mōteatea as the basis of Māori artistic expression
  • Are an effective and confident art professional
  • 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


There is one entry date per year:

  • February


Entry requirements

Selection Criteria and Process


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact scholarships@eit.ac.nz or call in for a chat.