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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.

Direct your own photoshoot

You’ll develop and direct your own photoshoot, giving you invaluable experience as well as more material for your portfolio to wow prospective clients and employers.

Work on theatre and fashion shows

Hands-on experience is everything! You’ll get the opportunity to work on a range of theatre productions and fashion shows, practicing all the different looks you’ll be mastering.

More than makeup

You’ll not only explore the magic of makeup, you’ll also learn workplace and small business practice skills. Plus you’ll gain extra skills in hairstyling, beauty and how to market yourself as an all-rounder.

Course Content

Immerse yourself in learning the full range of skills in makeup and beauty for cosmetics consultancy, editorial and photographic work from tutors with years of professional experience.

Delve into the glamour of the 50’s, the mystery of the Geisha and the terror of the vampire underworld as you design different looks across the ages.

Progress to advanced techniques in stage and screen including corrective, character and period makeup, body art and stage FX.

Transport yourself to the runways of Europe as you progress to makeup for high fashion editorial runway.

Build your business skills so you can be your own boss or assist with the running of a small business.

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

Entry is open to beginners and all applicants are considered however you must be: 

  • Able to demonstrate a basic understanding of spoken and written English. 

Details of entry criteria and recognised prior learning are set out in the Guide to Enrolment.

Qualifications Awarded

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

2021 Intake Dates

Auckland City Campus

  • 8 February 2021
    15 March 2021
    19 April 2021
    23 August 2021 

Auckland South Campus

  • 23 August 2021 


32 weeks


This course is offered at our Auckland City and Auckland South Campuses

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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.  

Course Costs

You may be eligible for fees free study as part of the changes made by the Government! If so, the below fees and costs will not apply to you. Refer to the website www.feesfree.govt.nz to check and see if you are eligible.

Tuition Fee: $9,102

Course Related Costs: $1,000.00

If you're eligible for fees free study you still need to apply for a Student Loan if you want to borrow course-related costs or living costs. You can apply through Studylink. Find out if you're eligible by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit Studylink qualify to have your 2018/2019 course fees paid up to a maximum of $12,000 by the government.

If you are aged between 16 and 19 years, you may qualify for one of our Youth Guarantee fee-free spots.


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