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Master of Creative Industries


Master of Creative Industries

Create fresh career options, deepen your industry knowledge, and develop your influence and authority with the SAE Master of Creative Industries.

This is the qualification you need to move your career forward and enhance your employment prospects. It presents the perfect platform to refine and test your big ideas and existing projects with peers at the same level, before launching to industry.

The Master of Creative Industries is ideal if you:

  • need to upskill an existing degree qualification to keep up with the digital revolution, contemporary issues and current practice;
  • work in the creative industries and want to gain a promotion in your current role;
  • are returning to work after a short break and want to reignite your career;
  • would benefit from creating or defining your professional identity;
  • need to develop your skills in remote practice;
  • want to graduate with a sense of personal confidence and conviction. 

*SAE has a range of approaches to learning and teaching that can be activated to provide flexibility in the face of changing circumstances as required, to support student progression regardless of external factors.

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Throughout this course, you'll learn from industry thought-leaders, collaborate with peers, extend your network through our global reach, and solidify your own reputation within the creative media industry.

The Master of Creative Industries offers a progressive learning experience. We'll guide you to select modules that meet both your creative and professional aspirations and provide the appropriate foundation and support to enable successful completion of your final Capstone Project.

Choose to deepen your knowledge and skills within your existing discipline or complement this experience with cross-discipline electives. Your tailored course will consist of:

  • Core modules significant to all creative practitioners
  • Electives focusing on Creative Practice, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Marketing
  • Discipline-specific electives across AnimationAudio & Music, Design, Film and Games.

Driving you to explore and further your ideas, our practice-based learning framework consists of interactive online modules, collaborative peer learning projects and occasional intensive on-campus workshops, leading you to test your ideas in a series of creative media projects.

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

All ideas need a place to grow and people to nurture them, and our reputation as the leading global specialist in creative media education comes from 40 years of pioneering creative minds like yours.

Graduate Outcomes

As a Master of Creative Industries graduate, you will be prepared to take on strategic and leadership roles within the creative industries sector. You will be at the forefront of new developments and be able to identify and quickly move on trends and opportunities.

You will also have the entrepreneurial and communication skills to take your personal vision to the next stage. The contemporary media environment is complex and exciting. It looks for leaders who are willing and able to explore, test ideas, troubleshoot issues and respond to new possibilities. Your training with SAE will have made you a conscious innovator.


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Course Structure

SAE's Master of Creative Industries is structured as a 160-credit-point program, which you can choose to study on a full-time or part-time basis.

If studying full-time the course is delivered over a minimum four, 40-credit-point trimesters (approximately 15 months). Talk to us to discuss what your part-time study load will look like.

The course has been designed to meet both your creative and professional aspirations with the choice of discipline-specific and non-discipline-specific electives and core modules to provide the appropriate foundation for your Capstone Project.

Stages of Masters Program

Core Modules:

Core modules are taken by all students regardless of their discipline specialisation. This allows you to not only extend or deepen your specialised knowledge and/or skills but engage with students from other disciplines to broaden them. Practical based modules underpin the core graduate Masters’ program (Graduate Studio 1, Graduate Studio 2, Graduate Project A and Graduate Project B). This is supported by parallel research and critical perspective modules (Critical Inquiry, Research in Creative Industry Practice and Creative Industry Perspectives).

Master of Creative Industries



Choose to deepen your knowledge and skills within your existing discipline or complement this experience with cross-discipline electives. Of your 10 electives, one is mandated (The Creative Practitioner) and another is from a selection of entrepreneurial and marketing electives (Specialised Elective). The other eight electives may be drawn from a wide selection of non-discipline specific and discipline-specific electives across AnimationAudio, DesignFilm and Games.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for postgraduate courses must satisfy at least one of the following requirements: 

  1. A completed Bachelor degree or higher in media production or a related creative industries field  (obtained within the last 10 years)
  2. Experience-based entry

At least five years of documented relevant work experience related to media production or a related creative industries field 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

Evidence of qualification

A curriculum vitae (CV) detailing skills and expertise in media production or a related creative industries field (with web links to online portfolio/showreel if appropriate).

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


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Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning

SAE may recognise your prior learning and may grant credit towards satisfying the requirements for a VET or a higher-level 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 recognition of prior learning and credit transfers.

Find more information on how to apply and the enrolment process here, or call 1800 723 338 to speak with a course advisor.

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Entry requirements

Applicants for Postgraduate courses must satisfy three of the following minimum entry criteria:

  1. Australian Bachelor degree or higher in Media Production;
  2. Australian Bachelor degree or higher in a non-related field, as well as demonstrated skills and expertise in Media Production.

Application Requirements:

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

Experience Based Entry

Experience Based Entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements above. 'Enquire Now' or call 1800 723 338 directly for more information.

Fees and Payments

Fees: view our current Fee Schedule for information on SAE course fees.


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