Toi Set & Props is a new two year practical course leading to The New Zealand Diploma in Scenic Construction & Properties. The course sits alongside Toi Whakaari’s other specialist programmes, enabling students to experience the interdisciplinary collaboration required to be a successful maker in the industry.

Toi’s close links to industry professionals ensures that the skills taught are relevant and current and that students get a chance to see how professionals approach their work.

… Get in and get your hands dirty.

Sir Richard TaylorCo-founder and co-director of Weta Workshop

Graduates will leave with a wide range of construction and finishing skills. They’ll be able to organise and manage a construction process, have strong team working skills and meet deadlines. They’ll be ready to work as independent contractors, flexible in their approach and motivated to achieve to a high standard.

The diploma is an intensive, full-time two year course with an intake of up to eight students per year. This vocational and highly practical programme covers all aspects of set and props work.

Students will collaborate with designers, costumiers, actors, filmmakers, directors and performing arts managers to create major productions for stage and screen.


Last year I was a student at Toi. Now I’m doing what I love – making and painting weapons for a big-budget international film.

Jasmine ShadboltToi Graduate, 2015

Francis Gallop

Head of Course – Set & Props

Your Journey at Toi Whakaari

The Set & Props course encourages high standards of craft skill, originality and experimentation. The course offers experiential learning that develops skills through practical enquiry. Students will explore, experiment, adapt and investigate. Learning is project based and involves working across disciplines to develop each student’s capacity to collaborate.

The course also broadens students’ perspectives as creative artists working in the context of New Zealand and the South Pacific.

The second year students undertake industry secondments with professionals in their particular areas of interest as well as further exploring specialist skills through independent research projects.