Why study at the Cut Above Academy?

  • Employment in the hairdressing or beauty industry
  • Makeup artistry for film, fashion or media production
  • Special effects makeup for stage or screen
  • Free-lance employment as a nail technician or makeup artist
  • Travel as a hairdresser or beautician on a cruise ship

Register for our open day
April 17th 2015


"I was really pleased with my training in the special effects diploma at Cut Above.  I was lucky to have amazing tutors who believed in and supported me.  What I learnt helped me to win the coveted Weta SPFX Award. And the overall Supreme Award in the 2012 NZ Body Arts Awards – and to meet Sir Richard Taylor – who has since offered me an internship at Weta"

Sofia Pedersen

The Cut Above Academy has been giving students the edge they need to become hairstylists, beauty therapists, makeup and special effects artists of the future for over forty years.

The academy’s position as NZ’s top training provider, along with its commitment to giving students the skills for success, makes it the ideal first step along a career path in the exciting beauty, hairdressing and creative makeup and sfx industries.

Cut Above is here to make graduates industry-ready so they can step up and perform at the top of their game.