If you’ve always wanted to learn about whakairo (Māori carving), this programme is a great place to start. You’ll complete practical projects and learn the hands-on processes for carving.
Our kaiako (tutors) are experienced carvers who’ll teach you the techniques, history and tikanga associated with the ancient art form of whakairo.
When you pass this programme, you'll get this qualification:
This qualification is intended for people seeking to develop broad operational and theoretical knowledge consistent with tikanga and reo in Whakairo.
Graduates of this qualification will contribute to New Zealand as practitioners; by applying a broad range of skills and knowledge relevant to one of the Ngā Toi art forms. Graduates will have a further developed set of fundamental knowledge and skills, and be able to operate under broad guidance.
This is a full-time programme that consists of 120 credits delivered over 38 weeks. Some of our locations offer different delivery modes. These will be confirmed by your local campus and might include:
Option 1 Face-to-face delivery
You'll need to also complete learning activities designed to enhance your learning for:
Option 2 Noho delivery
Activity directed learning will also need to be completed outside of class time, amounting to:
Some of the learning activities will need to be completed online. You'll need to have access to an internet-connected device for this programme.
To enrol in this programme, a potential student must:
I want to keep studying
You'll be able to apply for our Level 5 programme, Toi Paematua - Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Art (Whakairo).
I want to use my qualification
Use your carving skills to contribute to your marae and community.
Fees are payable for this programme. We will confirm the fees for this programme on our website in approximately November 2022.
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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