Te Hono ki Toi (Poutiriao) Master of Professional Creative Practice

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


18 months full-time or 4 years part-time

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Te Hono ki Toi (Poutiriao)/Master of Professional Creative Practice programme is collaboratively offered by EIT’s two iconic creative practice schools: ideaschool and Toihoukura. It offers a unique perspective from both the European and Māori creative culture allowing a wide selection of media to be advanced. The programme enables the student to further their creative practice through guided reflection, research and professional practice.


Delivery of the programme is “blended” – That is, it is a combination of on-line study, wananga and research by creative practice. Students may be “based” at either Toihoukura or ideaschool but will have opportunities to engage with staff and students based at both schools and students who may be practicing throughout Aoteroa and indeed the world.

Master of Professional Creative Practice is a 180 credit programme, full time study at level 8 and 9, consisting of four compulsory courses that provides the students the opportunity to create a body of creative work to a standard that develops, extends and refines prior professional practices, processes and knowledge. This will be done through research and critical evaluation to strengthen their creative practice while contextualizing their practice in relation to relevant communities, contemporary concepts, models theory, technologies and professional practice management techniques.


There is currently one entry point per year – February



A person is eligible to apply for entry who:

  • An undergraduate degree in a creative practice with a B average or better; or,
  • B average in a postgraduate qualification (level 8) in a creative practice field.
  • Where the applicant does not meet the entry criteria above, the applicant may be admitted to Te Hono ki Toi (Poutiri-ā-rangi)/Bachelor of Creative Practice (Honours), and upon successful completion of two courses (B average) from the schedule to the Reguations of Te Hono ki Toi (Poutiri-ā-rangi)/Bachelor of Creative Practice (Honours), gain admission to Te Hono ki Toi(Poutiriao)/Master of Professional Practice (Creative Practice).

English Language Entry Requirement

Any applicant, whose first language is not English, may be required to undertake an IELTS test to demonstrate they have attained an acceptable level of English language fluency to succeed on the programme. If required, the minimum IELTS score specified for entry is 6.5 in all academic bands.

Transfers/Cross Credit

Applicants may be admitted with credit transfer or recognition of prior learning.

The Postgraduate Programmes Cluster Committee shall have discretion in the granting of academic credit.

Academic credit may be awarded as:

    • Recognition of prior learning (RPL) at level 8 and/ or cross credit of course(s) (specified credit) at NZQA level 8 which are relevant to Te Hono ki Toi (Poutiri-ā-rangi)/Bachelor of Professional Creative Practice (Honours) and Te Hono ki Toi (Poutiriao)/Masters in Professional Creative Practice.
    • The Postgraduate Programmes Cluster Committee may grant credit, however, credit granted shall not be for courses completed as part of an undergraduate degree.
    • Persons with a relevant postgraduate qualification, equivalent to NZQA level 8 may be admitted to the Te Hono ki Toi (poutiriao)/Masters in Professional Creative Practice, (MPCP) programme. Credit towards the MPCP up to a maximum of 120 credits may be granted.
    • No credits at level 9 may be awarded on the basis of previous study.
    • Where the applicant did not previously meet the MPCP (Creative Practice) entry criteria and has successfully completed the EIT Te Hono ki Toi (Poutiri-ā-rangi)/Bachelor of Professional Creative Practice (Honours) up to 120 credits towards the MPCP may be approved. Normally such credit will be granted where the applicant has achieved not less than a B in the course(s) for which credit is applied.