Toi Ataata

Toi Paematua - Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Art

  • Level 5
  • 36 weeks
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

Study contemporary Māori visual arts (Toi Ataata) at an intermediate level through deeper exploration of the tikanga, and practices of artistic expression. Develop your creative processes through experimentation with media and the development of your specialist skills. Grow your confidence in ngā toi through the completion of practical projects.

Depending on your region, learn about working with paint, print, digital, clay, film or other materials.


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:

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

You'll know how to:

  • apply practical skills in the production of creative work
  • assist in the management, creation and completion of projects
  • reflect, analyse and apply insights to your work.
  • present and display your work
  • apply tikanga and kawa relating to toi
  • work with others.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

After completing your diploma, you'll be looking to enrol on our Maunga Kura Toi bachelor's degree.

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.


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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