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.

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

  • Bachelor of Māori Art Level 7 (Rauangi)

You'll learn about:

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

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You may be eligible to enrol in our master's programme He Waka Hiringa - Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge or other graduate and postgraduate programmes with other providers.

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
  • work with whānau, hapū, iwi and hapori.

How you'll study:

This is a full-time programme that consists of 120 credits per year, for 3 years. Some of our locations offer different delivery modes. These will be confirmed by your local campus and might include:

Year 1*

Option 1 (face to face delivery)

  • kura whakaako - compulsory tutorials (11 hours per week)
  • 9 x 1-day wānanga (10 hours per wānanga)

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

Option 2 (noho delivery)

  • kura whakaako - compulsory tutorials (6.5 hours per week)
  • 10 x noho marae (25 hours per noho)
  • 1-day wānanga (12 hours)

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

*Year 2 and 3 commitment requirements will be discussed towards the completion of each year.


Entry criteria:

To be eligible for entry into the first year of this degree, potential students must:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • be a New Zealand citizen (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) or permanent resident
  • attend an interview
  • 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 your experience.

Fee detail:

The 2020 fees for this degree are:

Year 1: $4,954.78

Year 2: $4,643.85

Year 3: $4,857.15

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 for fees-free study for our fee paying programmes visit: feesfree.govt.nz.

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