SAE Institute

SAE Institute


INSTITUTION TYPE: VET (Vocational Education and Training)

About the institution

SAE Institute is a higher education provider that offers students high-quality courses of learning in the creative industries. Potential future students who want a career in the technical side of the creative world, from audio engineering to film production, will be right at home on one of SAE’s many campuses. In total, there are over 50 different SAE campuses in over 20 countries, from its main block of locations in Australia to its satellite sites in London and New York.


At SAE, every learner gets an interactive and practical education from talented tutors and lecturers (who are experts in their fields). The typical university experience of hours spent sitting in the lecture theatre listening in silence isn’t the SAE experience. Instead, SAE is very focused on hands-on teaching with the help of modern, professional-standard equipment and resources.


The teaching at SAE is high quality and of good value. Tutors have a lot of current industry experience, so the education is always kept current and relevant. Class sizes are small across all courses of study, so learners can connect with their peers and tutors and get all the academic support and attention they need. No student is ignored or left behind by their teacher.


All degree programmes offered through SAE are fully accredited and quality checked by the institution itself or a partner university. Every programme is designed to give graduates all the skills they’ll need when they enter the working world in their industry of choice, including the ability to work with the facilities and equipment that are important and often used in their industry.


Beyond the academic guidance of industry experts in the classroom, there’s a lot of other student support available, including career services that students can continue to access years after graduation. In the list of SAE alumni, there are Oscar winners, Grammy winners and BAFTA winners, and any future applicant could one day join this list. Students will struggle to find a better education in the creative industries than the one available to them at any branch of SAE.


Explore more about studying at SAE:


Teaching quality

Entry requirements

Scholarships & funding

University structure


Student support

Graduate outcomes


Teaching Quality

SAE delivers high-quality teaching to students across all of its courses. It’s a specialist university that trains students to enter creative fields, and the degrees that are available to study have all been accredited. Students can be confident their course has been carefully checked to make sure the teaching quality is high and the content is appropriate, whether they’re studying at one of SAE’s Australian sites or studying on the other side of the world at the United Kingdom SAE Institute.


SAE puts a lot of investment into its learning facilities and sites so that students can work with modern, industry-standard equipment in class and for their own projects. These facilities are created with the guidance of experienced lecturers and tutors who know their industries very well, and they perfectly match up to the theoretical knowledge delivered to create a well-rounded teaching experience.


Every SAE applicant should know that this institution doesn’t offer typical university courses filled with long lectures and silent seminars. The high-quality teaching at SAE is so highly rated because it is so hands-on and practical. Students are creating and learning, developing important new skills from day one of their degree programmes.


If potential future students need any more evidence of the teaching quality at SAE, they don’t have to look much further than its amazing alumni network. SAE graduates have won coveted awards, including Oscars and Grammys, and many have gone on to become famous figures in media, building on the foundation of learning they received at their SAE Institute.


Entry Requirements

Since there are so many SAE sites, there’s no single set of university requirements for the whole institution. Potential applicants should always make sure they’re doing their research and meeting the specific entry requirements for the country they want to study in and the course they want to study on.


Most courses at SAE are offered at the undergraduate level. In terms of general university entry requirements, international undergraduate applicants to SAE will need to have been educated to the high school level/the equivalent in their home country. They will also need to be able to show a minimum level of language understanding (often English, but might be a different language depending on the SAE site and the country in which it’s located).


Some undergraduate programmes also ask for qualifications in certain subjects. For example, anyone applying for a bachelor’s degree in audio production or a bachelor’s degree in games programming needs to have passed mathematics at the high school level.


For postgraduate international applicants, standards are very similar, but applicants must have previous university qualifications as well as a high school education/their equivalent. Usually, postgraduates must have at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject from a recognised university.


Applicants who don’t meet course-specific SAE entry requirements can go through SAE’s experience-based entry process to show their non-academic skills and talents. Applicants who choose this path should know they will have to attend an interview and give evidence of their education, work experience and existing skills (usually in the form of a CV or a portfolio). Applicants who choose this path will all still need to meet language requirements and be educated to the secondary level at a minimum.


English Score Required

All SAE courses in Australia are delivered in English, and many of the SAE sites across the rest of the world are also delivered in English. Some sites may only offer instruction in the local language, however, so potential future students should be sure to check the SAE page for the country they want to study in/the institute they want to study at before applying. Understanding the language of instruction is a very important part of any good university learning experience.


For English-taught and English-assessed SAE courses, an understanding of the language is essential. If applicants can’t prove their proficiency in another way (with fluency or previous education delivered in English, for example), they will need to take an English test and get a minimum English score.


SAE accepts a range of English proficiency testing methods, though some campuses might accept different methods from others, so again, research is recommended. One commonly accepted method is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and students who want to study a degree-level SAE course will usually need to show a minimum overall IELTS band score of 6, with no individual band scores below 5.5.



The university admission process can be confusing, especially for international students. Thankfully, SAE gives applicants a lot of guidance during the admission journey. There is even specific guidance offered for each SAE site in each country through dedicated student admission teams who can answer all applicant questions and queries.


The admission process will change from country to country, and some sites will have different requirements. If a student is applying to SAE in Australia, though, they will make their application directly to SAE. They will complete their application form before submitting it via email to the university, along with all the requested supporting documents (these will usually include academic transcripts, proof of English proficiency and proof of identity).


Applicants will then wait for the SAE admission team to look at their application, and in the weeks that follow, they will receive a rejection or an offer of admission via email. If they’re given an offer, the applicant can then pay a deposit and accept the offer to enrol and become an SAE student.


Examples of different processes for different countries include the fact that SAE UK applicants will also need to be interviewed by an admissions offer. Plus, all SAE applicants can choose to apply through the experience-based admission route (briefly explained in the entry requirements section, with more information easy to find on the SAE website).


Scholarships & Funding

SAE tuition fees will be different depending on a student’s chosen country and course of study. To give Australian SAE courses as an example (figures from 2022), domestic students will pay undergraduate fees between AUD 2,474 and AUD 7,422 per semester and postgraduate fees between AUD 1,218 and AUD 9,744 per semester. For international students, the undergraduate fees will be between AUD 2,925 and AUD 8,775 per semester, while the postgraduate fees will be between AUD 1,445 and AUD 11,560 per semester.


Though the costs at SAE are very reasonable, especially in the world of creative industries education, there are still lots of funding support and assistance options for struggling students, including university scholarships, grants, loans, and hardship funds.


The awards and aid choices available will change between SAE sites and countries of study, and some scholarships will even be available through the government in a student’s chosen study country. For example, if a student wants to learn at an SAE Institute in the Netherlands, they might be able to benefit from the Dutch government’s exciting and respected Holland Scholarship.


University Structure

SAE has a unique structure compared to other higher education providers. There are many small SAE campuses around the world in 20 different countries, including several in the exciting country of Australia, and each campus has its own organisational structure and list of available programmes and courses in the following subject areas:


  • Animation
  • Audio
  • Creative industries
  • Creative technologies
  • Design
  • Film
  • Games
  • Music


Students can expect to be taught by a handful of lecturers that they get to know really well, with programme coordinators managing the whole course and keeping things on track and well organised. In most countries, SAE sites are partnered with degree-awarding universities that regularly check SAE courses for quality control reasons, so standards never have a chance to fall. In Australia, South Africa and the US, SAE sites can award their own degrees, having received the right accreditation.



The facilities on offer for SAE students are different at every campus, but wherever a student is learning, they can feel confident that they’ll have access to the kind of high-quality equipment being used in their professional industry. These include RED cameras, full mixing consoles and more, as well as access to well-designed specialist learning rooms, from lecture theatres and seminar rooms to studios and editing suites. Usually, an SAE campus’s specialist options will include:


  • A games programming studio
  • An animation studio
  • A production studio
  • A film studio
  • A live audio room
  • An edit suite


There will also always be a library, the perfect student activity centre for comfortable study with easy access to a lot of useful resources (print and digital). Students will always be able to access the knowledge they need to succeed in their SAE degree, and the university will continue to update facilities and equipment regularly to keep up with the constantly evolving creative industries.


Since SAE sites tend to be small and filled with learning facilities, there aren’t as many on-campus student recreation centres and student life centres. Most of the campuses, however, are located in amazing cities like London and New York, so learners can explore and enjoy themselves easily when class is done for the day. Whatever university experience a student is looking for, they can find it at SAE while getting an extremely high-quality creative arts education.



Though some SAE campuses offer their own on-site university accommodation, most students will have to find student accommodation on their own. SAE campuses are usually in large cities, and these cities often have a large existing student population from other education providers, so there are lots of private rental options, from studio apartments to shared student houses.


SAE offers a lot of accommodation guidance to new students and applicants to help them understand the options available locally. One convenient option available to international students in multiple SAE countries/across multiple SAE sites is private student halls. Private student halls are common in popular student cities. Rooms come fully furnished, and there are different levels of luxury for students with different budgets. Some halls have private gyms, cinema rooms and well-decorated communal lounges.


As mentioned, there are also smaller private rental options like houses and apartments. These will usually be more affordable but will take a while longer to find and won’t come with all the built-in amenities.


Students searching for private accommodation at SAE should begin looking well in advance of their course start date and should remember to pay a lot of attention to important factors like the location and current state of the housing. If a viewing can be arranged before moving in/signing a contract, this is always recommended, though SAE knows it isn’t always possible for overseas applicants.


Student Support

Moving to university and starting a higher education journey isn’t always easy for students, especially for international students who experience a lot of change in a short space of time. There’s a lot of stress and worry connected to being in a new place and handling assessments and grades while adjusting to SAE student life. Thankfully, SAE is a very caring institution that puts the focus on student support and wants to make sure all students can feel happy during their studies.


There are a lot of student support services in SAE’s full student support programme. For academic support, the first person to speak to will usually be a lecturer. Lecturers at SAE are experts in their fields and professions, able to help with a lot of different academic questions and concerns.


For more administrative issues or complaints, there are student support officers and student guides on every campus to look through student work, create learning plans and honour accessibility/disability needs. For emotional student services, there are usually a number of free mental health counselling services available in-person and online. Exact options will change between SAE campuses, but overall, students can be sure that their needs will be met and they’ll always have somewhere to turn.


Graduate Outcomes

Everything at SAE is offered to prepare students for a future career, as well as to make sure they can achieve academic success. This is a university that’s all about creating a path for students to enter the creative industries confidently and fully equipped with useful skills and a knowledge base that’s connected to current standards in their subject area.


Graduates receive expert teaching and enjoy many opportunities to get hands-on experience for years during their studies, working with professional equipment in professional facilities and settings. Tutors put the focus on building in-demand skills, and this pays off after graduation since SAE alumni job prospects are amazing. Most SAE final projects are even designed to show students’ skills to their potential future employers, so the university really does all it can to connect students with careers.


Whatever course they are enrolled on, a person attending SAE can feel sure they are being prepared for a great career in the creative industries. And this preparation isn’t limited to the classroom, either. There are also lots of amazing career services included in SAE’s full student support programme.


These services are usually available to current students and recent graduates, and they can help a person to explore their career options, plan their professional future and find the right work. Employment services that are easy for all SAE students on all SAE sites to access include:


  • One-to-one coaching appointments with a career guide
  • Employability workshops for things like CV writing and interview technique
  • Internship, work experience and work placement opportunities
  • Employer networking events
  • Alumni networking events
  • Job fairs
  • An online portal of digital resources
  • An online portal of relevant job listings and postings
  • A wide range of extracurriculars and skills courses perfect for resume-boosting


Whatever students imagine when they picture their future careers is possible after a strong start at SAE. SAE staff can help students turn professional dreams into working realities, preparing them in and out of the classroom for what comes next.


For any hard-working, creative person who wants to become an industry professional, getting a great education while always staying on top of the standards they’ll be held to after graduation, there are not many options as ideal as SAE. Plus, SAE comes with the benefit of study options in over 20 different countries. The possibilities are endless and the graduate outcomes are strong.



SAE Institute
Byron Bay Campus
373-391 Ewingsdale Road
North Coast New South Wales 2481