Rauangi - Visual Arts

Maunga Kura Toi - Bachelor of Māori Art

  • Level 7
  • 3 years - full-time
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

Maunga Kura Toi - Rauangi has all the elements you’d want in a Māori arts degree.

Each module has a different focus designed to give you the skills and practice to become a confident toi artist. In the first year, you’ll start by analysing the techniques, processes and practices of toi Māori in different projects. As the degree progresses you’ll deepen your understanding and knowledge, exploring different artistic styles and creative processes while building strong technical skills.

Self-reflection, journalling and critiquing are important parts of this degree and will help you to examine your own values and beliefs, and other influential artists/events while deepening your understand of learning through Kaupapa Wānanga. You’ll also be required to complete research and writing tasks as part of the projects.

And while you’re honing your artistic skill set, you’ll improve your presentation skills and learn traditional Māori values, principles, tikanga and reo to support you as you take your art to a professional standard.

Graduates of our degree have gone on to become practising artists, curators, designers in various mediums, art teachers - just to name a few of the art themed careers that are possible.

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

  • Maunga Kura Toi - Bachelor of Māori Art Level 7 (Rauangi)


You'll learn about:

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

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 (10 hours per week)
  • 1-day wānanga (10 hours)
  • 1 x noho marae (25 hours per noho)

You'll also need to complete learning activities designed to enhance your learning for:

  • approximately 22 hours per week.

Option 2 (Noho delivery)

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

You'll also need to complete learning activities designed to enhance your learning for:

  • approximately 22 hours per week.

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.

*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.

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Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

Apply to enrol into our master's programme, He Waka Hiringa - Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge or other graduate and postgraduate programmes.

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.

Fee detail:

The 2021 fees for this degree are:

Year 1: $5,008

Year 2: $4,692

Year 3: $4,908

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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