Course details

Te Toi o Ngā Rangi | Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts
NZQF Level 7

About the course

Toihouora! Toihoutangata! Toihoukura!

Māori art is a specialised field that is highly sought nationally and internationally. As a learner of Te Toi o Ngā Rangi you will be taught by some of New Zealand’s premier Māori artists who have vested many years in ensuring Māori art endures for future generations.

As a graduate of the degree you will be the face, voice and vehicle to move Māori contemporary art beyond the 21st century.

You will initially be introduced to a wide range of art disciplines, with a view to specialisation in Year Two and fine tuning your craft in Year Three. Toihoukura’s wānanga based delivery provides the opportunity to link to past traditional practices whilst allowing scope for expression in a modern context.

Nau mai e hika ma…

Your future career and study opportunities

Career opportunities can include:

  • Practicing artist
  • Teacher
  • Gallery and exhibitions curator
  • Rūnanga and community group positions
  • A wide range of creative industry vocations

Pathway to postgraduate studies:

  • Te Hono ki Toi (Poutiri-a-Rangi) | Bachelor of Professional Creative Practice (Honours) (Level 8)
  • Te Hono ki Toi (Poutiriao) | Master of Professional Creative Practice
  • Te Ara Pourewa | Graduate Diploma in Heritage and Museum Studies


Te Toi o Ngā Rangi | Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts is a full-time, 360 credit degree, studied over three years. It is taught by some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s premier Māori artists and is well supported by Aotearoa New Zealand’s Māori arts sector, Māori communities and a range of leading Māori art specialists across the nation.

You will develop your creativity through focusing on art practice underpinned by traditional research methods. As studies are primarily Tairāwhiti based, academic research is informed by te reo Māori me ona tikanga o Te Tairāwhiti.

Courses start at level 5 in the first year and all subjects are fully prescribed, initially introducing you to a broad range of art disciplines. However, in subsequent years you will be offered a selection of options to complement compulsory courses and support your art specialty development.

Toihoukura has a comprehensive annual exhibition schedule and marae based wānanga programme which is embedded across all year levels to guarantee the integrity of the practice of art within a Māori paradigm.


  • Realise their full potential intellectually and creatively.
  • Understand the importance of te reo Māori.
  • Affirm the importance of te reo, tikanga, kawa and mōteatea as the basis of Māori artistic expression.
  • Are effective and confident art professionals.
  • Can contribute to the restoration, conservation and development of art and design skills and practices unique to hapū, iwi and waka.
  • Are confident and competent in all aspects of Māori culture relevant to Māori art and design.
  • Are confident to contribute to projects locally, nationally and internationally.

Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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Tairāwhiti Campus

About the provider

The Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) offers you over 160 qualifications from certificate and diploma, to degree and postgraduate level at campuses in Hawke's Bay, Tairāwhiti (Gisborne) and Auckland. Or learn at one of our Regional Learning Centres situated in Hastings, Maraenui, Ruatoria, Waipukurau and Wairoa. EIT Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's most attractive campuses with superb architecture and shaded outdoor areas for study on warm days. EIT Tairāwhiti two campuses are located in the heart of Gisborne, near the Taruheru River, and you can get more central than EIT Auckland location on Queen Street! When you choose to study at EIT you'll get the kind of experiences that will help you gain the knowledge and skills to get ahead, whether you want to break into your chosen career or change direction in life.