Rauangi - Visual Arts

Maunga Kura Toi - Bachelor of Māori Art

  • Level 7
  • 3 years
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

A degree in Toi Māori opens doors. Our graduates work as practising artists and in art-related careers all around the world. Want to work in galleries? Want to teach visual arts? Want to simply explore and refine your own artistic abilities and processes? Want to do some personal growth while you're at it?

Maunga Kura Toi - Rauangi has all the elements you'd want in a visual arts degree with the added wealth of cultural knowledge embodied in Māori art. Learn Māori values, principles, tikanga and reo while you take your art to a professional standard.


Are you eligible for fees-free study?

First time tertiary students studying for fee paying programmes at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa will be fees-free from 2018.

We’ve been providing fees-free study for the majority of our programmes for more than 30 years and are committed to tauira success.

To find out whether you are eligible for fees-free study for our fee paying programmes visit the Fees Free Website.


You'll learn about:

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

You'll know how to:

  • apply the principles of rauangi design and production
  • recognise and use traditional Māori forms and patterns
  • explain your creative processes
  • articulate the meanings behind your work
  • use academic conventions to discuss your work
  • research
  • reflect critically on your work and the work of others.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

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

I want to use my qualification

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

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

How you'll study:

This is a 3-year, full-time programme. You need to be committed to (on average):

Noho-based

Face to face


That'll be made up of:

  • noho marae and wānanga
  • online activities
  • tutorials
  • extra study and activities that you decide will help your learning. (These may differ from class-to-class.)

Entry criteria

You'll need to 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 experience.

All applications will need to attend an interview.

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