Maunga Kura Toi

Bachelor of Māori Art (Raranga)

  • Level 7
  • 3 years
  • Fees apply

Programme overview

The ability to provide a bachelor's degree in raranga is still something we're particularly proud of, even though we've been doing it for over 10 years.

Imagine being able to hold your head high and present your CV with a degree in hand, knowing that it's a modern acknowledgement of traditional cultural wealth and strength - mastery of a rich and valued body of knowledge. Imagine the satisfaction of knowing you're a kaitiaki of the traditions and tikanga handed down by our tūpuna.

Follow in the footsteps of the generations, and learn how raranga can enrich your life and the life of your whānau.

When you pass this degree, you'll get this qualification:

  • Bachelor of Māori Art Level 7

You'll learn about:

  • mātauranga Māori relating to raranga
  • Māori language and tikanga
  • creative processes
  • rangahau, writing and presentation skills along with academic conventions
  • reflective practice, how to analyse, critique and synthesise.

Where will this take me

I want to keep studying

You may be eligible to enrol in our master's programme He Waka Hiringa - Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge or other graduate and postgraduate programmes.

I want to use my qualification

You'll be well equipped to be a practising artist or to work in:

  • gallery and exhibition work - exhibition design, curatorial work, front of house
  • teaching and arts facilitation
  • community-based practitioner - work with whānau, hapū, iwi and hapori.

How you'll study:

This is a full-time programme that consists of 120 credits per year, for 3 years. Throughout the programme you will be required to attend:

Year 1*

Option 1 (face to face delivery)

  • kura whakaako - compulsory tutorials (10 hours per week)
  • 9 x 1-day wānanga (10 hours each)

You'll also need to complete learning activities designed to enhance your learning for approximately 22 hours per week.

Option 2 (noho delivery)

  • kura whakaako - compulsory tutorials (4 hours total per week)
  • 10 x noho marae (25 hours per noho)
  • 1 x 1-day wānanga (10 hours)

You'll also need to complete learning activities designed to enhance your learning for approximately 22 hours per week.

*Year 2 and 3 commitment requirements will be discussed towards the completion of each year.


Entry criteria:

To be eligible for entry into the first year of this degree, potential students must:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • be a New Zealand citizen (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) or permanent resident
  • attend an interview
  • provide evidence of your readiness to study at a degree level. This might be through:
    • successful completion of Kāwai Raupapa - Certificate in Māori Visual Arts Level 4
    • NCEA Level 2
    • a Level 4 arts qualification of 120 credits
    • a creative portfolio and CV detailing your experience.

Fee detail

The 2020 fees for this degree are:

Year 1: $4,076.10

Year 2: $4,051.69

Year 3: $3,795.94

GST inclusive.

Are you eligible for fees-free study?

First time tertiary students studying fee paying programmes may be able to study fee free in their first year. To find out whether you are eligible for fees-free study for our fee paying programmes visit: feesfree.govt.nz.

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