There was a lot of change at the academy in 2018. The most notable of these changes was the move to our new premises. Although our Queen Street location had served the academy well for many years, it was time for us to grow and expand, especially with new courses on the horizon. Our new building, residing at 8 Canada Street behind the iconic Karangahape Road was the perfect choice.
In November we expanded the academy further, by taking over the building right next door. This tied in perfectly with the commencement of our new course (New Zealand Certificate in Makeup Artistry) as we needed additional space for tanning booths, brow beds and tables for nail art.
Last year, the students were able to partake in some amazing opportunities and experiences, giving them a taste of the real-world and what they could be working on in their future careers. Some of these include:
- New Zealand Fashion Week (Miromoda, Jarrad Godman and Resene Designer Runway Show)
- Katy Perry VIP Party
- Doing hair and makeup looks for the Palace Dance Studio (including being part of the crew for Ciara’s music video for ‘Level Up’, which ReQuest Dance Crew starred in)
- Theatre productions, including Mamma Mia (for which we have been nominated ‘Best Makeup and Hair Design’ by NAPTA)
- Demos by barbering professionals and a trip to BarberCraft
- Doing the makeup for the media release of the upcoming ‘CATS the Musical’
- Melborne Cup Fashion Show
- Demos by MAC Makeup Artists
- A range of backstage television, film and photoshoot opportunities
This year will bring a new range of activities and opportunities for the students to develop their skills… watch this space!
Another venture we embarked on was becoming part of the Sustainable Salons movement. Sustainable Salons is an incredible business, whose goal is to ‘make salon waste history’ – in other words, they want salons to become environmentally conscious and reuse salon waste for good. Some examples include: sending off plastic packaging to specialists who turn it into outdoor furniture, collecting hair clippings for “Hair Booms” (which are used to soak up ocean oil spills) and donating ponytails to charitable organisations (who create wigs for those suffering from cancer or alopecia). The academy has had a handful ponytail donations since we joined Sustainable Salons, so we are excited to watch these numbers grow in 2019.
Interested in a career in hairdressing, barbering or makeup? We are currently enrolling for our upcoming intakes. Explore our range of NZQA approved courses here on our site and book yourself in for a talk and tour using our ‘Book A Tour’ feature.