Certificate in Ngā Toi: Ka Tipu te Whaihanga [Level 4]

Study Options



1 year


Level 4


subject to approval and accreditation

If you want to grow your art knowledge, and artistic ability while gaining these skills in a creative environment, this is for YOU! You will be taught by some of the Māori art world’s most respected tutors across a range of art disciplines. Successfully completing this one year, full-time programme will give you the option to pursue Te Toi o Ngā Rangi: Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts.


February intake



An interview with the Principal Tutors is required for all applicants.  A basic art portfolio of drawings, or samples of area of interest will be required.

Academic: Applicants will require a minimum of 10 credits NCEA Level 1 from any literacy sub field or domain.  These skills can be assessed in English and Te Reo Māori.

For applicants without these NCEA credits or equivalent: a pass in School Certificate English and/or Te Reo Māori meets the academic entry requirements, as do NQF qualifications of an equivalent or higher level which demonstrate achievement in these discipline areas.

Students over 20 are classified as mature students. Mature students with life skills and/or work experience who do not meet the stated entry requirements but have the equivalent ability and experience are encouraged to apply.

English Language Entry Requirement

Students are required to have attained an acceptable level of English language fluency. This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including successful study in English or an IELTS score of 5.5 or above in all bands, completion of accepted international equivalents or completion of an EIT assessment.

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme students;

  • will be eligible for entry into Year 1 of the degree Te Toi o Ngā Rangi, Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts.
  • can contribute to whānau, hapū, iwi projects.
  • can be involved in community events.
  • can work as independent artists.
  • can staircase to other art industry careers.


Certificate graduates will have the skills and knowledge to be able to:

  • ƒProduce Māori art works using a basic understanding of tikanga, te reo Māori, and traditional narratives (mōteatea, karakia and waiata).
  • ƒCreate Māori artworks using safe and effective processes;
  • ƒHave a basic understanding of the contextual aspects of the forms of contemporary Māori art expression;
  • ƒDemonstrate competence in Māori art professional practice at a foundation level;
  • Have a sound academic base to enable them to proceed to degree level study