Enrol Now
Enrol Now

Cut Above Courses

Providing future professionals with the tools of the trade

Cut Above Academy has been giving students the edge they need to become hairstylists, barbers, makeup and SFX artists of the future for more than forty years.


Why choose a career in hair & makeup?

Studying hair, makeup & special effects offers a unique opportunity to build a solid career based on creativity.

You can take your skills to the world stage, go solo as a freelance makeup artist or hairdresser, run your own salon, or even work in the exciting world of film and TV production.

Creative industries often want graduates to be multi-skilled. Hair salon owners want employees with extra skills in makeup. Stage/screen producers and art directors want makeup artists who can also style hair. Cut Above has set up all our courses so you'll focus on your chosen specialty while also learning the basics from our other courses. Or, you can choose to study a Cut Above Collection and learn a full skillset in more than one area.

Our Cut Above students are all-rounders, giving them an advantage when they graduate. They're ready to step up and perform at the top of their game. 


Get More Info

Interested in finding out more? The Cut Above team are here to help. Fill in your details and we will give you a call to chat through your options.

Loading form...

Our Courses

Hair Courses


Certificate in Salon Skills Level 2

Gain introductory skills in Hairdressing, Barbering, Special Effects and Makeup in just 16 weeks.


Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) Level 3

Jump from complete novice to technical level, capable of earning your place in a successful salon.


Hairdressing Emerging Stylist Level 4

Put all your skills to the test, practicing in our on-site salons to build your confidence and creative flair.


Certificate in Commercial Barbering Level 4

Combine the classic barbering skills of clipper, scissor, and razor cutting with street savvy taper fades, line-outs, cut-throat shaving and current colour trends.

Makeup Courses


Professional Makeup Artistry for Fashion, Film and Media Level 4

Get ready for the industry with our exciting Level 4 Certificate, which offers a money can’t buy exclusive work experience opportunity.


Diploma in Special FX & Prosthetic Makeup Artistry Level 5

Completion of this intensive training programme will provide you with the skills you need to excel as a freelance makeup artist for catwalk, studio, advertising, film and television.

Why choose Cut Above Academy?

International standard of training

The qualifications we offer are first-class credentials in contemporary image making. 

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 designed to meet specific industry needs.

The lecture rooms, salons, makeup studios and SFX workshops all 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 of the hair & makeup industry is bright. 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. 

Check out what's on at Cut Above

Cut Above Academy

Cut Above Academy is one of the trading names for the registered PTE Yoobee Colleges. Your enrolment is with Yoobee Colleges Ltd and your qualification is issued by Yoobee Colleges.