Bachelor of Māori Art - Maunga Kura Toi Raranga (weaving), Rauangi (visual arts), Whakairo (carving)

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START YOUR JOURNEY NorthTec’s Maunga Kura Toi (Bachelor of Māori Arts) is a unique opportunity to learn Whakairo (Carving), Rāranga (Weaving) or Rauangi (Visual arts), with ākonga (students) gaining a deeper understanding of Ngā Toi (Māori Arts). The degree equips students to contribute significantly to Toi Māori, Te Ao Māori, communities and industries. Our ākonga are taught by Kaiako (tutors) who are passionate and skilled in their fields of expertise, and willing to impart knowledge to the next generation of artists. With Tikanga, Mātauranga Māori and customary knowledge being the foundation of the degree, ākonga are supported and enabled to be culturally aware, critically analytical, reflective and responsive about Toi Māori, its challenges and potential. Learning takes place through weekly tutorials, either in person or online. Monthly wānanga held at Te Puna o Te Mātauranga marae enable ākonga to study off-campus for much of the programme. What you will learn Maunga Kura Toi - Bachelor of Māori Art aims to produce graduates who have an advanced portfolio of skills, knowledge and aptitudes. This includes conceptual and theoretical competencies as well as technical and procedural abilities appropriate to Toi Māori. This programme embraces Māori philosophies, Māori principles and Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge). It is further distinguished from other degrees in New Zealand because of its strong emphasis on rangahau and project management. Graduates will be culturally aware, responsive and reflective and demonstrate an ability to work honourably and collaboratively with whānau, hapū, iwi and hapori. This is not an immersion Māori programme however Māori language and culture are woven through all aspects of the study programme. The programme has a focus on

  • Mātauranga Māori

  • Principled practice and praxis

  • Research and reflective practice

  • Creating work

You will learn to analyse, select and apply techniques, processes and practices according to a kaupapa Māori context for the production of creative work. You will become skilled in your chosen kaupapa toi and be able to work confidently as an individual and in collaborative projects. You will be able to

  • Explain your creative processes

  • Articulate the meanings behind your work

  • Research

  • Use academic conventions to discuss your work

  • Reflect critically on your work and the work of others.

Courses in this programme The degree has three kaupapa toi, Raranga, Whakairo and Rauangi. You will enrol in your specific kaupapa toi.

  • Taumata Atakura are papers that will integrate principle approaches to a kaupapa toi practice.

  • Kaupapa toi are papers that concentrate or specialize in practical components.

  • Electives allow you to select additional courses which currently cover either teaching or busness skills.

Year 1 - CompulsoryLevelCredits7736.509 - Te Au Mahora – Papa Tikanga5307736.510 - Te Au Kōmiro – Traditional Knowledge and Practice 15307736.511 - Te Au I Tuia – Creative Development5307736.512 - Te Au I Kura – Toi Appreciation and Practice53

0Year 2 - CompulsoryLevelCredits7736.608 - Kura: Te kare i Whakaara – Creative Analysis and Creative Process 26307736.609 - Te Kare i Arohi i – Toi Appreciation and Practice 26307736.610 - Te Kare i Rokohina – Traditional Knowledge and Practice 26307736.611 - Kura: Te Kare I Ngaka / Toi Advancement (Individual Project)63

0Year 3 - CompulsoryLevelCredits7736.711 - Te Tuki a Kiko – Creative Excellence7457736.708 - Te Tuki a Paremata – Curatorial7157736.712 - Te Tuki a Whakaamorangi – Toi Māori Excellence74

5Year 3 – Electives – Choose ONE of the following:LevelCredits7736.709 - Te Tuki a Ohaoha – Business7157736.710 - Te Tuki a Whakaahorangi – Teaching715 Career opportunities and pathways There are a number of institutions that offer master’s programmes and graduates can pathway into these for further study, provided all admission criteria are met. Skills gained in this programme will prepare you for:

  • Teacher training in secondary, Kura Kaupapa, tertiary level art and Māori art education

  • Developing the potential of Māori design to support business developments in tā moko, computer graphic design, art galleries, fashion, film and television

  • Curatorial positions, conservation, exhibitions in public museums and art galleries

  • Preparation of portfolios for workshops (wānanga) on marae or for private, corporate and government commissioned work

  • Operation of an art studio or exhibition space to generate an income

  • Production and organisation of artistic work required for stage, Māori theatre and performance, television, and work in freelance advertising

  • Work in tourism.

Entry requirements All applicants must attend an interview, and show a portfolio of art work. Kaiako will determine relevance. To be eligible for entry into the first year of this programme, applicants must:

  • Be a New Zealand citizen (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) or permanent resident; and

  • Be at least 16 years of age or over (unless an exemption has been granted) at the commencement of the programme; and

Level 5 (Year 1) applicants must have:

  • Successfully completed Kāwai Raupapa - Certificate in Māori Art or an equivalent toi qualification (120 credits at Level 4), or

  • NCEA Level 2; or

  • Proof of relevant experience equivalent to that provided in the Kāwai Raupapa Level 4 programme graduate profile.

All applicants are required to attend an interview prior to being enrolled. Level 6 (Year 2) applicants must have:

  • Successfully completed Toi Paematua – Diploma of Māori Art (Level 5) or Toi Paematua – Diploma of Māori and Indigenous Art (Level 5) (leading to the NZ Diploma in Ngā Toi (Level 5) or Year 1 of Maunga​ Kura Toi; or

  • Been granted recognition of prior learning

All applicants are required to attend an interview prior to being enrolled into Year 2 of this degree Qualifications gained Maunga Kura Toi - Bachelor of Māori Art Tutorial Staff Lorraine King Rauangi Tutor for Maunga Kura Toi Ngāti Kahu, Whakatohea "As a painter I often express the personal and social complexities of connections that reflect whānau, hapū and iwi. My recent works use kowhaiwhai as a vehicle to express connections that evoke cultural narratives." Lorraine King has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Auckland University of Technology and is currently completing her Post Graduate studies through Massey University in Māori Visual Arts. Her work is in public and private collections throughout New Zealand, and he has exhibited in New Zealand and the U.S.A. Michael Looker Whakairo Tutor Ngāpuhi, Pākehā, Ngāitu, Ngāti Whārara "He toki te tangata He taonga te tangata" "Whakairo has taught me that just as the chisel has the ability to influence the form of whatever it touches, so too do we as people have the influential ability to directly affect our environment, be it good or bad. I believe that understanding and trusting process is key in our pursuit of knowledge and practice." Michael Looker completed a Bachelor of Māori Art through TWoA and has continued in his practice for buyers here and overseas. He has been involved in various projects including marae and public demonstrations. He is currently engaged in Postgraduate studies, in pursuit of his Masters in Māori Visual Arts. Te Hemo Ata Henare Raranga Tutor for Maunga Kura Toi Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Hine, Te Whakatohea “Tēnei au he tauira nā ōku tüpuna. Tēnei au he tauira ma ngā whakatupuranga. He tauira! He tauira! E ara e” Te Hemo Ata is a contemporary Māori weaver, learning and practising traditional techniques. A practitioner for 34 years, she first learnt to weave at the age of 12 and went on to teach. After 25 years teaching in the Tertiary sector, Te Hemo Ata has achieved Bachelors in Māori Visual Arts and has recently been awarded a Masters Māori Visual Arts through Massey University. Te Hemo Ata has participated in group exhibitions and numerous marae projects throughout New Zealand. Her focus for many years has been to ensure continued practice of weaving to pass on to future generations.

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