The Diploma in Jade and Hard Stone Carving allows for personal design, creative exploration, work experience or business skills for carvers.

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:
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  • Awards:
    Tai Poutini Polytechnic Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full time
  • Holiday Duration:
    6 weeks
  • Teaching Duration:
    34 weeks
  • Total Duration:
    40 weeks
  • Start Date:
    12 February 2018
  • End Date:
    16 November 2018
  • $3,646

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Core Elements

Compulsory Papers

DJC1 Carving 1

Design and carving project based on given brief

DJC2 Carving 2

Design and carving project based on given brief

DJC3 Carving 3

Design and carving project based on given brief

DJD4 Design for Carving

Tikanga Maori, design process, 3D drawing, 3D modelling, Pounamu carving

DJD5 Contextual Studies

Historical and contemporary study of Maori, Asian and European Pounamu/jade carvers

DJC6 Carving Presentation

Presentation project, photography and portfolio

Elective: Students must select one of the following:

DJP7 Business skills for Carvers

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

DJB8 Work experience

Student placement and report on learning

DJW9 Academic Skills

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

Career Opportunities

Jade carver and sculptor. Many students have either gained employment in the jade carving industry or have set up their own jade studios and others often go on to further 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) score of 5.5.
  • NCEA Level 2 credits in English and Maths
  • Completion of the Certificate in Jade and Hard Stone Carving (Level 4) (or equivalent).
  • Some courses have prerequisites – see Course Descriptors in Section K for details.

Selection Criteria apply. Special entry may be granted where evidence exists that the applicant can successfully complete the programme. Please contact the Polytechnic for details.

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. Students identified as requiring support /assistance in coping with tertiary level study. Such applicants 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.