Certificate in Indigenous Narrative

Study Discipline: Arts & Humanities
Study Programme Details
Country: New Zealand
Admission Sessions: Autumn Session, Spring Session
Study Format: Full Time, Part Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type



12 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Indigenous storytelling with the Certificate in Indigenous Narrative (CertIndigNarr). This dynamic program goes beyond traditional narratives, delving into the digital media industry where stories come alive through films, video games, and more.

Discover how to craft narratives that resonate with audiences across cultures while staying ahead of current trends and future possibilities. Through a blend of practical courses and immersive experiences, you’ll gain the awareness and skills needed to incorporate Māori, Pasifika, and other Indigenous cultures into your creative works.


Embark on a transformative journey of storytelling with our Certificate in Indigenous Narrative. Dive into practical courses designed to equip you with the tools to build compelling stories, characters, and worlds that are not only meaningful and ethical but also culturally inclusive. As you explore the vibrant landscape of Indigenous narratives, you’ll have the opportunity to join the prestigious Te Whare Pūrākau Academy, connecting with Indigenous creators who are shaping the future of storytelling.

This flexible program can be completed in just one year full-time or spread out over five years for those balancing work commitments. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out, our program offers a pathway to unleash your creativity and make a lasting impact in the digital media industry.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to UC with University Entrance (or equivalent) is required to enrol.
  • CAE or CPE: Minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • IELTS Academic: Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listeningNZAPA: English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 3
  • NZCEL: Level 4 – Academic endorsement.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening
  • TITO101 Māori Storytelling
  • TITO201 Indigilit: Indigenous Literature in Aotearoa and Beyond
  • TITO202 Kiriata: Māori Film and Media
  • Plus choose one of:
    • DISC101 Storytelling for the Digital Screen
    • DISC212 Screenwriting: Research and Story Development
    • MAOR107 Te Ara o Tāwhaki: Māori Thought, Beliefs and Practices
    • ENGL118 Creative Writing: Skills, Techniques, and Practice
  • TITO301 Indigenous Stories, Digital Realms
  • Domestic — $3,374
  • International — $15,800

Future Career Outcomes

Unlock a world of possibilities with the Certificate in Indigenous Narrative. Alumni of our program have gone on to excel in diverse fields, from producing award-winning films to shaping the narratives of blockbuster video games. As the demand for culturally inclusive content continues to grow, our graduates are at the forefront of this movement, driving meaningful change in the digital media landscape.

Visa Requirements:

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