Whakairo - Carving

Toi Paematua - Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Art

  • Level 5
  • 38 weeks
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

Continue your artistic path with whakairo. At the diploma level you'll explore in more depth the skills, tikanga and practices of carving.

You'll learn about the origins, meaning and symbolism of patterns, the technical skills of whakairo, and complete different projects throughout the year.

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

  • New Zealand Diploma in Ngā Toi Level 5 (Whakairo)

You'll learn about:

  • media practices
  • creative processes - ways to make work
  • time and project management
  • other toi practitioners
  • rangahau (research)
  • history, tikanga and cultural practices relating to toi.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You’ll be able to apply to enrol on our whakairo degree programme Maunga Kura Toi - Bachelor of Māori Art Level 7.

I want to use my qualification

With skills at this level you can be a practising artist, work in community arts or take on entry-level roles at art galleries.


How you'll study:

This is a full-time programme that consists of 120 credits delivered over 38 weeks. Throughout the programme you will be required to attend:

Option 1 (Face to face):

  • 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):

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

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


Entry criteria:

To enrol in this programme, a potential student must:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • be a New Zealand citizen (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) or permanent resident
  • have successfully completed the Level 4 Kāwai Raupapa certificate or an equivalent Toi Maori qualification consisting of 120 Level 4 credits, or can provide evidence of equivalent experience which could include an art portfolio
  • attend an interview and selection process to demonstrate suitability to the programme.

Fee detail:

The 2020 fees for this diploma are:

Year 1: $1,648.44 

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 visit: feesfree.govt.nz.

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