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Cut Above Academy has been an integral part of New Zealand’s fashion history for more than forty years and it continues 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.

Cut Above Academy complies with the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. You can download a copy here.

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

Minimum statutory requirements (may vary depending on programme)

  • Applicants must be 18 years or over and are required to attend a personal interview.
  • International students must have a minimum of IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 5. in writing (within the last two years). This may vary, please see your programme requirements. 
  • (Please note the language tests are not allowed to be any older than 2 years from date of enrolment)

Contact Us 

For more information on international enrolments, please send us an international.enquiries@up.education

Code of Practice 

Cut Above Academy has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Minister of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from this institution or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website.

Translations are available in Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Thai, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Russian and Spanish.

Visit the Immigration New Zealand website for more information.