Art and Literature New Zealand

Course code 74109

Looking at ways in which visual art and literature represent and explore aspects of identity in Aotearoa/New Zealand, this course provides an introduction to studying New Zealand’s multicultural heritage of visual art and literature.

Based on the idea of culture as the expression of people’s creative and interpretative responses to their environments, it introduces ways of interpreting and analysing art and literature.

The course focuses on a selection of work by New Zealand writers and artists, including Māori and Pasifika. You will learn how to compare a variety of texts (poems, paintings) from different times (for example, contemporary, colonial, pre-European contact). The course considers points of intersection between literature and art, for example Ralph Hotere and Hone Tuwhare; Colin McCahon and James K Baxter; Robyn Kahukiwa and Patricia Grace. You will develop the skills to interpret and analyse literature and art, as well as understand how art and literature are used to explore and communicate our various ideas about being New Zealanders.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 5  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 12 Feb 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 2019 Print only
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $2,254 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

To study this course you will require access to a computer, the Internet and email.


This course is 100% internally assessed


There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.

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