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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 


32 weeks 

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.

Exclusive Opportunity

This amazing opportunity will give you your first taste of working in the thrilling world of stage and screen! Discover the excitement of being part of the makeup crew on a film set or stage production. You'll work with the director, producer and cast to bring the production to life as part of this "money can't buy" experience.  

Qualifications Awarded

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

2021/2022 Intake Dates

Auckland City Campus

  • 21 March 2022
    12 September 2022
    3 October 2022 


This course is offered at our Auckland City campus.

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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! If so, the below fees and costs will not apply to you. Refer to the website www.feesfree.govt.nz to check if you are eligible, as course fees are paid up to a maximum of $12,000.


  • Tuition Fee: $9,102
  • Course Related Costs: $1,000*


  • Tuition Fee: $9,256
  • Course Related Costs: $1,000*

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. Find out if you're eligible by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit Studylink.

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


  • Tuition Fee: $19,500 NZD
  • Course Related Costs: $1,750 NZD

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