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International Students - Professional Makeup Artistry for Fashion, Film and Media Level 4

A professional makeup artist needs a broad range of capabilities in all aspects of makeup artistry, combined with proficiency in hairstyling, beauty, and marketing. Our one-year certificate covers the skills needed for freelance or contract employment in cosmetics and fashion for the stage, screen, and all forms of media production.

Course Content

Makeup artistry is an acquired skill that requires a firm foundation of tools, techniques, and application. You will gain a broad base of all makeup skills from experienced tutors.

Some of the skills covered include personal preparation, pre-production, production and continuity skills (film, TV, stage and media), workplace skills, and makeup and hair for catwalk and photography. 

Modules include:

  • Beautician services
  • Cosmetic consultancy
  • Fashion makeup and hairstyling
  • Wig and hairpiece styling
  • Photographic makeup
  • Corrective and glamour makeup
  • Catwalk and promotions makeup
  • Makeup for performing arts
  • Film and television makeup
  • Character and period makeup
  • Introduction to Special Effects (SFX) and Body Art 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • IELTS 5.5 in Academic module with no band score lower than 5 or equivalent.
  • Completion of New Zealand Certificate in Skin Care and Makeup (Level 3) or equivalent and an Interview.

Qualifications Awarded

  • New Zealand Certificate in Makeup Artistry - Level 4
  • NZQA credits on the National Qualifications Framework  

2021 Intake Dates

Auckland City Campus

  • 15 March 2021
    12 April 2021
    16 August 2021 

Auckland South Campus

  • 16 August 2021 


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Career Opportunities

Once you have graduated you can seek employment as a makeup artist in the following industries: 

  • Film
  • Television
  • Advertising
  • Theatre
  • Fashion
  • Freelance
  • Photographic studios

You will also be able to work in the cosmetics industry as a sales representative or technical consultant.  


34 weeks 


This course is offered at our Auckland City and Auckland South campuses. 

2021 Course Costs

  • Tuition fees: $19,500.00
  • Course fee: $1,750.00

Cut Above Academy is one of the trading names for the registered PTE New Zealand School of Tourism. Your enrolment is with New Zealand School of Tourism Ltd and your qualification is issued by the New Zealand School of Tourism