About SAE

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At SAE, we understand all ideas need a place to grow and be nurtured.

Our reputation as the leading global specialist in creative media education comes from over 45 years’ developing student creativity, delivering innovative practical skills, and coaching real-world business and industry awareness.

Not your average classroom.

A renowned Australian University College and global player in creative media, SAE provides specialist vocational and higher education courses worldwide to inspire and develop our graduates.

Located in Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth, our Australian student body consists of over 2,500 creatives who excel in programs across seven disciplines – Animation, Audio, Creative Industries, Design, Film, Games, and Music.

Responsive to the real world and embracing the digital revolution, we pride ourselves in thinking outside the square, being technically explorative, transformative, and brave.


Contemporary and inspiring, SAE courses are definitively high-tech and have their finger on the pulse of creative industries around the world. We offer courses in more than 20 countries with around 50 campuses, enabling collaboration with a world view.

With a practical focus, our courses are constantly evolving to meet the needs of students and industry demands. They are delivered on-campus and online using cutting-edge technology and offer a highly personalised, interactive, and collaborative learning environment.

As an SAE student, you will have access to our industry-leading campuses, utilise the latest equipment and software, and benefit from our extensive industry network.

We’re passionate about our students’ potential and encourage them to chase their dreams. We promise that your SAE experience – wherever you are enrolled in the world – will offer a progressive learning experience to meet your creative and professional aspirations, help you stand out from the crowd, and give you a ticket to the global stage.

Welcome to our creative world!


Established in Sydney in 1976 – originally as the world’s first dedicated school of audio engineering (SAE) – the organisation’s rapid early success and the demand for our high-tech, creative and industry-relevant training quickly led to the establishment of nationwide campuses.

Our presence in Australia and abroad grew exponentially and, in 2004, SAE Institute acquired Qantm College, a leading digital media educator with an impressive pedigree, specialising in games design and programming, 3D animation, web development, and graphic design. We created the new brand, SAE QANTM Creative Media Institute.

In 2020, SAE gained self-accrediting authority and again repositioned itself as SAE Creative Media Institute.

In December 2023, SAE proudly became a registered University College, reinforcing our position as a leader in creative media education. This places SAE in an elite group of just seven University Colleges in Australia – and the only provider delivering creative media education nationally. University College status provides recognition of SAE’s quality and excellence in education, its established track record, and the shared expertise and commitment of staff to the students and industry.

SAE has concurrently expanded strongly into the global arena as a leading digital media educator.

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SAE International

From its humble beginnings in Sydney in 1976, SAE has become a global player in creative media education.

We now boast almost 50 campuses in some of the world’s largest, most exciting cities including New York, Dubai, Jakarta, London, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Bogotá and México.

Our brand in Europe, UK, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, Canada, Mexico, the Middle East, South-East Asia, South America and at other Licenced Campuses is known as SAE Institute.


The SAE brand sits under the corporate umbrella of Navitas.

Navitas is an Australian global education leader reaching more than 80,000 students across a network of over 120 colleges and campuses in 28 countries providing:

  • University courses at Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor and Masters level
  • Creative media courses at Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor and Masters level
  • Continuing professional development
  • Career advancement programs
  • Corporate training to government and business
  • High school studies
  • University preparation
  • Migrant settlement services
  • English language training

The Navitas success formula is underpinned by our unparalleled international network, an unrivalled commitment to student experiences and outcomes, a track record of working in partnership with universities and industry, and a passion for discovering new technologies and models of teaching and learning that will improve education now and into the future.