Certificate of Makeup Design & Production

Level 4

Individual Course Components

Corrective, fashion and catwalk makeup, character and period makeup, special effects and prosthetics, hairstyling, body art, photography, drawing, airbrushing. 

Further Study Possibilities

Students have gone on to study:

  • Joe Blasco School of Makeup (Hollywood)
  • New Zealand School of Aesthetics
  • Canterbury University (Bachelor of Fine Arts)
  • Ara Institute of Canterbury (Bachelor of Design)
  • The Dick Smith Advanced Professional Makeup Course.  

Career Opportunities

Feature films, television, theatre, modeling agencies, hair and beauty salons, teaching, beauty therapy, cosmetic houses, working with photographers or as freelance makeup artists.


41 weeks (includes 5 weeks break)


7th February 2017

Entry Requirements

Portfolio and interview.  

Tuition Fees:


Course-related Costs:


Course Summary

The professional makeup artist must be ready and able to work in a multitude of environments where creating the right look is essential. From film and television to fashion, theatre and music, the makeup artist is called upon to create characters and illusions, enhance reputations and explore the imagination. The resounding success of film, television and theatre in New Zealand has created a demand for highly skilled makeup artists.

Students work in an industry-style studio environment and respond to briefs requiring specialist practical application. The theory of makeup design covers a range of topics, from professional ethics and research to the interpretation of scripts and their makeup and styling requirements.

The application of the fashion, corrective, character and period makeup, special effects, ageing, body art, airbrushing and prosthetics are the key elements taught within the programme. Hair styling, wig application, moustache knotting and the use of prosthetic materials are also integral programme elements.

Photographic skills are essential for documentation and presentation of work and are gained through an introduction to camera use, lighting and the development of a portfolio. Students need to provide their own 35mm SLR digital camera so they can keep a photographic record of their work. See the Student Handbook for camera functions needed.

A business studies component prepares the student for work as an independent contractor. In addition to formal classes, the programme encourages students to seek work experience whilst studying. This often involves experience as a makeup advisor or artist for local theatre groups, TV advertisements, music videos, short films, fashion shows and high school productions. Close liaison with industry provides many opportunities for workplace visits and experience throughout the year and for the development of students own networks with industry.

The programme includes a Fashion and Visual Show produced with fashion design students. This event gives students the opportunity to parade their work in front of key industry representatives.