About Us

SAE, with 53 campuses in 27 countries, has been setting the global benchmark for creative media education since 1976. In Australia, we proudly offer government accredited certificates, diplomas, and bachelor degrees across 6 disciplines – Animation, Audio, Design, Film, Games, and Web & Mobile.

About Us

SAE Byron Bay Reception

SAE is the world’s leading educator in creative media industries. Established in 1976, we now span the globe with 53 campuses in 27 countries.

In Australia, SAE provides courses to more than 2500 students across 6 campuses in Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

SAE offers government accredited courses including certificates, diplomas, and bachelor degrees. Our programs cover 6 specialist discipline streams:

  • Animation
  • Audio
  • Design
  • Film
  • Games
  • Web & Mobile

At SAE we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional programs in world-class facilities. We ensure our students receive an outstanding education, internationally recognised qualifications, and industry-relevant skills.

Our graduates really do have the competitive edge.

Our History

SAE Australia

SAE was established in Australia in 1976 as the world’s first audio engineering institute. The early success of SAE and the demand for our practical, theory-based and industry relevant training quickly led to the establishment of other campuses nationwide. By 1982, SAE had campuses in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. The purpose-built Byron Bay campus, offering unsurpassed audio facilities, opened in 2003.

From the establishment of SAE’s first institutes and courses, government accredited VET and Higher Education qualifications were introduced. SAE has now evolved to become a global leader in creative media education.

In 2004, SAE acquired Qantm College, a leading digital media educator specialising in 3D animation, games design and programming, web development and graphic design.

Qantm, one of the first education providers to offer degree programs in games design, has an impressive pedigree. The college was established in 1996 with the collective support of:

  • Queensland Department of State Development and Innovation
  • Arts Queensland
  • Northern Territory Government
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • James Cook University
  • Griffith University 
  • TAFE Queensland

With SAE, Qantm has since expanded into the global arena as a preeminent digital media educator.

In February 2011, SAE Institute and Qantm College became part of Navitas, a leading global education provider.

The consolidated expertise and resources of SAE, Qantm and Navitas ensures our students have the skills and industry knowledge they need for a rewarding career in the entertainment and creative media industries.

SAE Institute and Qantm College, as part of Navitas, are now known as SAE Australia.

SAE International

Following on from the success of SAE in Australia, the first foreign SAE campus was opened in London in 1985. As in Australia, in the international arena SAE proved to be highly successful in providing a quality, practical and theoretical curriculum to aspiring professionals in the music industry.

Not long after the London campus was opened, SAE established its first European institute in Munich. Munich was to be the first of many foreign language SAE Institutes worldwide.

SAE was well established in Europe, Asia and New Zealand by the mid-90s. The first of 7 campuses opened in the USA in 1998.

From our humble Sydney studio beginnings, SAE today spans the globe with 53 campuses in 27 countries. Beginning with Audio, SAE International has evolved over the years, and now also offers qualifications in other creative media disciplines – Animation, Design, Digital Journalism, Film, Games, and Web & Mobile.

All our courses follow the founding principles of SAE – high quality, industry-focused, practical and theoretical education options for creative and talented individuals.

About Navitas

Navitas is an Australian global education leader providing pre-university and university programs, English language courses, migrant education and settlement services, creative media education, student recruitment, professional development and corporate training services to more than 80,000 students across a network of over 100 colleges and campuses in 23 countries. Navitas is an ASX Top 200 Company.

Further details about Navitas are available at navitas.com