Taking a global perspective this programme provides students with an introduction to the technical and design aspects of carving limestone, jade and hard stones. This course includes traditional and contemporary design.

Each student has their own workstation to use with purpose built grinding units and a wide range of diamond wheels and diamond grinding tools. The studio is complete with a separate room housing the trim saw and drill press for core drilling. Each station has an industrial handpiece and students are issued with a basic starter set of diamond burrs to use with the handpiece for programme work. Dry dust is removed from the working environment via the dust extraction unit, making the workshop a safe and pleasant place to learn to carve.

  • Level:
  • Credit Value:
  • Awards:
    Tai Poutini Polytechnic Certificate
  • Location:
  • Method of Study:
    Full time
  • Holiday Duration:
    6 weeks
  • Teaching Duration:
    34 weeks
  • Total Duration:
    40 weeks
  • Start Date:
    February 2018
  • End Date:
    November 2018
  • $3,134

  • Domestic Breakdown
  •   Tuition Fee:
  •   Student Service Fee:
  • International Fee (2017):

    One year of study NZ$18,000. Two years of study, first year NZ$19,500 and second year NZ$10,000

Core Elements

Compulsory Papers

CJC1 Carving 1

Introduction to tools, safety, reading and cutting the stone, Teardrops

CJC2 Carving 2

Hei Matau, Matau, Kuru kapu

CJC3 Carving 3

Twist, Koru, Koropepe

CJM4 Tikanga Maori

Tikanga Maori – Pounamu and Carving

CJD5 Design for Carving

Design process for carving Pounamu and hard stone

CJD6 3D Design Studies

3D drawing, 3D modelling, Limestone carving

CJD7 Personal Designs

Design and carving project based on given brief

Elective: Students must select one of the following

CJB8 Business Skills for Carvers

Specific skills in pricing, business plans, setting up a workshop, tools and maintenance

CJW9 Work Experience

Student placement and report on learning

CJB10 Academic Skills

Skills for using information retrieval, academic writing and presentation methods. Also includes introduction to TPP computer network and applications.

Further Study Paths

Diploma in Jade and Hard Stone Carving (Level 5) 

Career Opportunities

Jade carver and sculptor. Students have either gained employment in the jade carving industry or have set up their own jade studios, others often go on to Jewellery/Art and Education in other polytechnics and universities. 

Entry Criteria

  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language must have an IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5.5 or above.
  • NCEA Level 2 credits in English and Mathematics.

Special Notes:

  • Candidates must possess the physical capacity to engage in the practical carving components of the programme.
  • Diagnostic literacy testing may be conducted to identify applicants requiring support. Students identified as requiring support/assistance in coping with tertiary level study will be encouraged into the Academic Skills elective.
  • Special Entry may be granted where evidence exists that the applicant can successfully complete the programme. Please contact the Polytechnic for details.