Create Your Future

We are providing future professionals with the tools of the trade

Cut Above Academy has been an integral part of New Zealand’s fashion history for more than forty years and we continue to play an important role in producing future hairdressers and makeup artists. We strive to maintain our position as a pre-eminent and respected provider of training and education by our continuing commitment to excellence and progressive education.

Our aim is to produce graduates for the workforce who are qualified to national standards, who understand the industry and who are motivated towards the ongoing pursuit of excellence in their chosen vocation.

"The Cut Above graduate has the knowledge, the real-world skills and the professional and personal qualities to make a difference" - our Graduate Promise.

Why choose a career in image making?

Few other careers offer equal opportunities for

  • creative expression
  • employment in the hairdressing, barbering or cosmetics industries
  • makeup artistry for film, fashion or media production
  • special effects makeup for stage or screen
  • freelance employment as a makeup artist
  • travel as a hairdresser on a cruise ship
  • business ownership with small capital outlay

Why choose Cut Above Academy?

International standard of training

The qualifications we offer are first-class credentials in contemporary image making. We offer a unique range of full-time courses in hairdressing and makeup artistry for fashion, film, and special effects (SFX) production.

In today’s creative workplaces you need to be multi-skilled. Our wide-ranging syllabus allows you to add a range of skills to your CV across a variety of creative disciplines. As the driving force in image making training we produce more skilled graduates for these industries than any other school in New Zealand.

International teaching resources and facilities

Our reputation attracts the highest calibre of teachers and our facilities are unparalleled. Each faculty is designed to meet specific industry needs.

The lecture rooms, salons, makeup studios and SFX workshops are air conditioned and feature the latest in cutting-edge technology. A full-time student welfare officer is available to assist with personal issues and graduate job placement.

Nationally recognised qualifications

All Cut Above programmes are designed to industry standards and are accredited by NZQA.

You will learn in creative environments from inspiring teachers who are leaders in their field. As a Cut Above student you will take part in some of the most exciting fashion and arts events in New Zealand and gain workplace insight and contacts.

Career opportunities

The future continues to look promising for our trainees. Our hairdressing graduates are out there building great careers, winning awards, featuring in high profile magazines and continue to be highly sought after by salon owners.

Our makeup and SFX graduates contribute significantly to the growing numbers of successful artists working in the fashion and media fields.