Diploma in Special Effect and Prosthetic Makeup Artistry (Level 5)

Central Auckland - 10 February 2025

Cut Above Academy

Fees Free!
NZQA Level: 5
NZQA Credits: 120
Learning Style: In-Person Learning
32 weeks
Start Date:
End Date:
24 October 2025

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to further develop their practical and conceptual skills and knowledge specifically in special FX and prosthetic makeup. This programme will provide learners with the skills needed to excel as a freelance makeup artist for catwalk, studio, advertising, film and television settings.

If you are passionate about filmmaking, fashion, and media production, then the Diploma in Special FX and Prosthetic Makeup Artistry will give you a competitive edge in the production workplace!

Ground floor, 360 Queen Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010

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Costume Scar
Out of Kit (Intro)
Prosthetic Wound / Scar
Makeup and Hair Basics
Face Prosthetic A
Face Prosthetic B
TV/Film Makeup
Prosthetic Makeup A
Prosthetic Makeup B
Prosthetic Makeup C
Production (Live)
New Zealand Diploma in Arts & Design (Level 5)

Entry is open to beginners with an interest in art, fashion or design, or graduates of the Certificate in Makeup Artistry (Level 4).

All applicants are considered however you must be:

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


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: $9,778*

  • Student Services Levy: $350**

  • Course Related Costs: $1,000

**Also known as the CSSF or Compulsory Student Services fee. This fee covers the learning, employment, wellbeing and counselling support you might need during your time with us. This cost is paid together as part of your course fees. You can find out more information about what this covers here.

*Prices subject to change.

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.


  • Tuition Fee: $23,500 NZD

  • Course Related Costs: $1,750 NZD

Download the international fees PDF here.


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