Entry Requirements

All applicants who wish to study at SAE will be considered on an individual basis. Whilst we do not require a minimum ATAR for any of our courses, evidence of formal educational attainment is required.

The entry requirements available to all applicant groups will depend on which course you are applying for.

 

 

Australian students

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - HIGHER EDUCATION COURSES

ASSOCIATE AND BACHELOR DEGREE COURSES

Applicants from all applicant groups who wish to study an Associate or Bachelor degree course must satisfy one of the following entry requirements:

  1. Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) or equivalent; OR
  2. Completion of a Diploma level qualification or higher issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF); OR
  3. Experience Based Entry  - for applicants who do not meet the requirements of entry criteria 1 or 2. Please read the section below on Experience Based Entry or contact an SAE Course Advisor directly for more information.

For more information on SAE's entry requirements refer to the Student Selection, Admissions, Deferral and Transfer policy.

HIGHER EDUCATION DIPLOMA COURSES

Applicants from all applicant groups who wish to study a Diploma course at any campus (except for SAE Adelaide) must satisfy one of the following entry requirements:

  1. Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) or equivalent; OR
  2. Completion of a Certificate IV qualification or higher issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF); OR
  3. Experience Based Entry  - for applicants who do not meet the requirements of entry criteria 1 or 2. Please read the section below on Experience Based Entry or contact an SAE Course Advisor directly for more information.

For more information on SAE's entry requirements refer to the Student Selection, Admissions, Deferral and Transfer policy.

POSTGRADUATE COURSES

Applicants for Postgraduate courses must satisfy one of the following entry requirements:

  1. A completed bachelor degree or higher in media production (obtained within the last 10 years); OR
  2. Experience-based entry

    At least 5 years of documented relevant work experience related to media production with evidence of artistic ability and achievement or practice comparable to that of undergraduate degree holders in relevant disciplines, combined with the successful completion of year 12 or higher.

    Please contact an SAE Course advisor on 1800 723 338 for more information on the postgraduate experience-based entry process.

Application requirements:

  1. Evidence of qualification;
  2. CV detailing skills and expertise in Media Production (with web links to online portfolio/showreel)

Click here for more information about experience-based applications.

Enquire Now or call 1800 723 338 directly for more information regarding application requirements.

POSTGRADUATE EXPERIENCE-BASED ENTRY SCHEME

SAE recognises that learning may be acquired from both formal study and professional experience. Applicants without a Bachelor degree can apply for Experience Based Entry into the Graduate Certificate and, on completion, can apply to articulate to the Graduate Diploma or Masters.

For Experience Based Entry requirements, see Section 6.4 of SAE's Student Selection, Admission and Transfer Policy.


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING COURSES

DIPLOMA COURSES (Screen & Media and Audio courses offered in Adelaide)

Applicants for VET Diploma courses must satisfy one of the following entry requirements:

  1. Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) or Equivalent; OR
  2. Completion of a Certificate IV level qualification or higher issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF); OR
  3. If options 1 and 2 cannot be met, applicants must achieve an Exit Level 3 or higher in literacy and numeracy in the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) as demonstrated in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) as well as an Experience Based Entry meeting with an SAE representative. 

For more information on Experience Based Entry for a VET Diploma Course, please read the Student Entry Procedures Vocational Education & Training (VET) Courses or contact an SAE course advisor directly for more information.

CERTIFICATE COURSES

Applicants for VET Certificate courses must satisfy one of the following entry requirements:

  1. Completion of an Australian Year 10 School Certificate or equivalent; OR
  2. Completion of a Certificate II level qualification issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF); OR
  3. Experience Based Entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements of options 1 or 2. Please read the section below on Experience Based Entry or contact an SAE Course Advisor directly for more information.

For more information on Experience Based Entry for a VET Certificate Course, please read the Student Entry Procedures Vocational Education & Training (VET) Courses or contact an SAE Course Advisor directly for more information.


HOW TO APPLY AND ENROL  

For more information on SAE’s application process, including how to apply and enrol, please click here.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students who do not meet the Direct Entry requirements for SAE Higher Education Programs are encouraged to discuss their personal circumstances. See EXPERIENCE-BASED ENTRY below for more information.

RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING & CREDIT TRANSFERS

SAE will recognise an individual’s prior learning and may grant credit towards satisfying the requirements for a VET or a higher education program. This is applied where previous learning is considered equivalent to the content and learning outcomes prescribed for modules within the program. For full details, please refer to SAE's policy on the recognition of prior learning and credit transfers.

Experience Based Entry

Whatever your age, your work and life experience count when it comes to entry at SAE.

We will consider all of your qualifications, studies, employment and professional experience when you apply to study with us.

The first (and best) thing to do is to phone our course advisors for a chat. We can’t stress this enough: contact the team on 1800 723 338 and ask them if your qualifications and experience meet the admission criteria for the specific course you want to study. You may be pleasantly surprised that they do! Even if they fall short, we will suggest what else you will need to do to get into your preferred course.

Our Experience-Based Entry Scheme allows you to be considered for entry to any course through an assessment of your ability to succeed in higher education.

SAE will review applications on a case-by-case basis if you:

  • Are at least 18 years of age (or turning 18 during your first year of studies);

  • do not have the formal qualifications required for direct entry;

  • seek admission to courses on the basis of your aptitude for higher learning and skills development through professional, work, life experience and non-accredited study.

To apply via the Experience-Based Entry pathway, students are required to undertake an interview with SAE and provide supporting evidence that may include:

  • records of any formal educational qualifications attained,
  • evidence of any informal studies undertaken,
  • references relating to work history relevant to the chosen field of study (if applicable),
  • a resume or Curriculum Vitae,
  • a Cover Letter, and/or
  • a portfolio/examples of relevant materials that may demonstrate qualities like creative aptitude, knowledge, technical skills and abilities, or experience in a particular field. 

In addition, candidates may also be asked to undertake an exam or written assignment to demonstrate their capacity to meet the course requirements.

In all cases, Experience-Based Entry into an SAE course will only be granted to students with a minimum Year 10 level of schooling.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who do not meet the Direct Entry requirements for our courses are encouraged to discuss their personal circumstances with the SAE admissions team and arrange for an interview. Free call on 1800 723 338 to speak with the team today.

In addition to the elements of experience-based entry, SAE acknowledges that other factors could demonstrate your suitability for entry to SAE courses. This could include things like community engagement, prior work history, and family commitments.

Current Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders are also encouraged to apply for our Creative Indigenous Scholarship.

International students

International students may be admitted in accordance with Government and SAE’s policies and can apply directly to SAE for admission. International students will be admitted in compliance with the ESOS Act 2000 and its Regulations 2001.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must have successfully completed Secondary Studies (High School) and meet English language requirements as outlined below.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International students have to provide additional evidence of language skills and complete one of the following:

English test scores more than two (2) years old at the time of application will not be accepted

VET CERTIFICATE COURSES

SAE does not issue an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) for certificate applications. Part-time courses can only be booked for international students if they have valid entry permission.

For comprehensive International Student Information please click here.

ENGLISH TEST / QUALFICATION 

HIGHER EDUCATION DIPLOMA COURSES

ASSOCIATE DEGREE & BACHELOR DEGREE POST GRADUATE COURSES
IELTS Academic

5.5 overall score.
No band score less than 5.0

6.0 overall score.
No band score less than 5.5

6.5 overall score.  No band score less than 6.0
PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic 46 overall score 54 overall score

58-64 overall score.
No band score less than 50

TOEFL paper based test 527 overall score 550 overall score

550-583 overall score.
Minimum 4.5 in writing 

TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test) 63 overall score 73 overall score

79-93 overall score.
Minimum 21 score in writing


Australian Year 12 studies

Successful completion of Year 12 Senior Secondary School in Australia

Non-Australian secondary studies

Successful completion of Senior Secondary school comparable to Australian Year 12 from an assessable country

Australian and other post-secondary studies

Successful completion of one year of full-time study at Certificate IV, Diploma, Associate Diploma or higher level of study in an assessable country
ASSESSABLE COUNTRIES

American Samoa

Australia

Botswana

Canada

Fiji

Ghana

Guyana

Ireland

Jamaica

Kenya

Lesotho

Liberia

New Zealand

Nigeria

Papua New Guinea

Singapore

Solomon Islands

South Africa

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

United Kingdom 
(including Northern Ireland)

United States of America

Zambia

Zimbabwe.