Cut Above Academy


The Cut Above Academy has been giving students the edge they need to become hairstylists, makeup and special effects artists of the future for more than 40 years.

The academy’s position as NZ’s top training provider, along with its commitment to giving students the skills for success, makes it the ideal first step along a career path in the exciting hairdressing and creative makeup and sfx industries.

Cut Above is here to make graduates industry-ready so they can step up and perform at the top of their game.

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, which is a Category 1 provider, the highest rating a School can be awarded by the Government.


Highlights/Why Us

International standard of training

The qualifications we offer are first-class credentials in contemporary image making. We offer a unique range of full-time courses in hairdressing and makeup artistry for fashion, film, and special effects (SFX) production.

In today’s creative workplaces you need to be multi-skilled. Our wide-ranging syllabus allows you to add a range of skills to your CV across a variety of creative disciplines. As the driving force in image making training we produce more skilled graduates for these industries than any other school in New Zealand.

International teaching resources and facilities

Our reputation attracts the highest calibre of teachers and our facilities are unparalleled. Each faculty is designed to meet specific industry needs.

The lecture rooms, salons, makeup studios and SFX workshops are air conditioned and feature the latest in cutting-edge technology. A full-time student welfare officer is available to assist with personal issues and graduate job placement.


Nationally recognised qualifications

All Cut Above programmes are designed to industry standards and are accredited by NZQA.

You will learn in creative environments from inspiring teachers who are leaders in their field. As a Cut Above student you will take part in some of the most exciting fashion and arts events in New Zealand and gain workplace insight and contacts.

Career opportunities

The future continues to look promising for our trainees. Our hairdressing graduates are out there building great careers, winning awards, featuring in high profile magazines and continue to be highly sought after by salon owners.

Our makeup and SFX graduates contribute significantly to the growing numbers of successful artists working in the fashion and media fields