Study Beauty Therapy and Makeup Artistry at SIT

SIT has top quality, modern facilities with purpose-built clinics which the students' run as a business, offering a wide range of treatments to the public.

With award-winning tutors and industry leading instruction, students will gain cutting edge technical skills, business capability and industry experience to ensure they are sought-after employees worldwide.

Our Beauty Therapy programmes are very popular and spaces are limited so we advise students to enrol early to secure their admission.

Real industry experience

As well as operating their own Beauty Therapy clinic, students participate in events, competitions, workshops and lectures with guest speakers.

The best way to enter the industry

Our dedicated, qualified tutors have excellent industry contacts and experience and create a supportive learning environment. Programmes cover the most up-to-date theoretical and practical Beauty Therapy techniques for treatments such as manicures, pedicures, depilatory waxing, facial treatments, make-up, electrology, facial electrics and massage. The programme also covers anatomy and physiology and includes credits in professional conduct and business awareness.

Makeup Artistry 

Are you interested in a career in Makeup Artistry? Our Christchurch campus now offers the New Zealand Certificate in Makup Artistry, allowing students to train in modern purpose built facilities. This qualification is designed for learners who are beginning their career in the industry. Students will have the opportunity to learn a wide variety of makeup applications including special effects, fashion, runway and photographic. 

Programmes in Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

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Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*


OCertificate30Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry3Christchurch


OCertificate30Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry1Invercargill
OSTAR30Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry1Invercargill


OCertificate30Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry7Queenstown

SIT2LRN Distance Learning

OSTAR30Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry4SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

* STAR/Gateway programmes are only offered to NZ Secondary Schools

Programmes & Tutor Profiles

Student Profiles

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry Courses

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One year full-time

Study the New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4) and learn to deliver a range of beauty services for nails, skin and makeup. Students will also learn business aspects of beauty therapy, customer service and sales.

Course Details

One year full-time

Graduates will be able to:

  • Implement professional standards and expectations relating to a makeup artistry workplace including all relevant health, safety and hygiene obligations.
  • Consult with clients and perform an in depth analysis for makeup artistry and product needs to create a makeup plan.
  • Apply knowledge of a broad range of makeup artistry applications, and related skills, to meet clients' needs in accordance with industry standards.
  • Apply knowledge of a broad range of complementary services, and related skills, for achieving a total look to meet clients' needs in accordance with industry standards.
  • Apply knowledge of human anatomy and physiology relevant to makeup services to ensure client comfort and safety is maintained.
  • Research a brief, produce relevant reference material and complete the brief within the designated timeframe.
  • Implement a broad range of communication and networking skills to work effectively within a makeup workplace.
  • Apply knowledge of skin and skin-related disease and disorders to identify symptoms and advise clients of possible implications in terms of proposed makeup services.
  • Apply knowledge of small business practice relevant to makeup artistry within the beauty sector.

Course Details

Study beauty therapy in a practical learning environment. Students interested in this growing industry will learn skills and techniques for makeup, eyelash tinting, facials and skincare.

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