Professional Makeup Artistry for Fashion, Film and Media (Level 4)

Central Auckland - 14 July 2025

Cut Above Academy

Fees Free!
NZQA Level: 4
NZQA Credits: 120
Learning Style: In-Person Learning
32 weeks
Start Date:
End Date:
10 April 2026

This qualification is designed for learners who want to learn the full range of skills in makeup and beauty for cosmetics consultancy, editorial and photographic work as well as progress to advanced techniques in corrective, character and period makeup, body art and stage FX. This programme will enable learners to build their business skills so they can start their own or assist with the running of a small business.

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.

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

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Professional makeup services
Editorial photographic
Character research and styling
Stage FX
High Fashion
Business Methods
Industry experience
New Zealand Certificate in Makeup Artistry (Level 4)

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.


You may be eligible for fees free study! If so, the below fees and costs will not apply to you. Refer to the website to check if you are eligible, as course fees are paid up to a maximum of $12,000.

  • Tuition Fee: $9,772*

  • 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.

If you are aged between 16 and 24 years, you may qualify for one of our Youth Guarantee fee-free spots.


  • Tuition Fee: $23,500 NZD

  • Course Related Costs: $1,750 NZD

Download the international fees PDF here.


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