New Zealand Certificate in Makeup Artistry (Level 4)

Learn corrective techniques, fashion makeup and hairstyling for runway, editorial and private clients. Study special effects, including character design, facial manipulation, ageing, wig styling, trauma effects and body art. Gain valuable business and creative collaboration skills. Develop your skills during events like the World of WearableArt.

Career options

Work as a makeup artist or counter salesperson at cosmetic companies and department stores. Enter the creative industries and work in film and TV, stage production or on photo shoots.

  • Makeup artist
  • Makeup counter salesperson
  • Fashion makeup artist
  • Film makeup artist
  • Stage makeup artist

What you will learn

  • Day makeup, fashion makeup, runway makeup and accompanying hair-styling techniques
  • Editorial/photographic makeup and styling
  • Character/period makeup and styling
  • Special effects makeup and body painting
  • Character and aging makeup and hair applications
  • Male makeup
  • Wig and prosthetic application, facial hair trimming and application
  • Portfolio development
  • Business skills, practice professionalism and customer service

Check out the Te Auaha Makeup Instagram for examples of student work.

Entry requirements

Under 20 

NCEA level 2, or above


If you’re 20 years or over, you may qualify for special admission on this programme. Contact us if you don’t meet the entry criteria as provided on the Under 20 information.

All students will be required to have a makeup kit and digital camera for photographic work. 

International students

Minimum IELTS (academic) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.

Find your country's equivalent academic entry requirements here

Go to International Students main page

* International fees shown here do not include insurance and administration (currently approximately $780 per year of study)

Course related costs

  • WelTec specialist makeup, hair kit (SFX and fashion products and tools) and study material/ textbook. Price approx $1000
  • Digital camera
  • Craft and stationary equipment
  • Suitable clothing complying with programme dress code
  • Students will have to organise/provide suitable models, as instructed by tutor, for all practical work.

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