Whakairo - Carving

Toi Paematua - Diploma in Māori Art

  • Level 5
  • 36 weeks
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

Begin a dedicated journey in carving through deeper exploration of the skills, tikanga and practices of whakairo.

You'll learn about:

  • media practices
  • creative processes - ways to make work
  • individual projects
  • collective projects
  • values and beliefs
  • traditional knowledge and practice.

You'll know how to:

  • explain the origins and traditions of carving
  • design and create work using wood or other media
  • maintain your carving tools
  • practice workshop safety
  • plan and carry out a project
  • record and report on the creative process
  • reflect on your practice.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You may be eligible to enrol in our bachelor's degree, Maunga Kura Toi.

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 programme uses a blended delivery method that includes:

  • face-to-face learning
  • tutorials
  • self-directed and/or directed learning
  • noho.

Entry criteria:

You need one of the following to enrol:

  • Kāwai Raupapa - Certificate in Māori Visual Arts Level 4
  • a level 4 Toi Māori qualification of at least 120 credits
  • a portfolio showing evidence of level 4 equivalent experience.

All applicants will need to attend an interview.

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