SAE COVID-19 Updates

SAE Institute Australia continues to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19, which is presenting unprecedented challenges for our teaching and learning communities.

Information for Students

Attention international students in Melbourne - Tuesday May 19 2020

The City of Melbourne is offering additional support for international students through the provision of food vouchers. International students in Melbourne can apply for vouchers on the City of Melbourne website from Wednesday 20 May.

Welcoming staff and students back on campus - Thursday 14 May 2020

SAE Australia is looking forward to gradually welcoming staff and students back to campus - starting with optional practical classes - from June 15, 2020. Our phased return to campus will continue to be guided by the advice of health authorities and governments - and we’ll have strict protocols in place to protect the health and wellbeing of our teaching and learning community. For more information please check your student email or contact your Student Services team.

Assistance Measures for International Students - Thursday 30 April 2020

SAE Creative Media Institute Australia recognises that many international students have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and may require special assistance. In response, we have developed a number of measures aimed at supporting our international students during this challenging time. 

Any international student experiencing hardship and/or struggling with their studies is encouraged to contact their Students Services Advisor to explore all available options.

We have put a range of assistance measures in place which includes:

  • Tailored study plans
  • Payment deferral plans
  • Counselling Support
  • One-off assistance payments

Further to this, the Australian Federal and State Governments have announced a number of measures to help support international students during this time. We encourage international visitors to explore all available financial support measures and/or reach out to their local education group for more information.

A summary of state-based support measures can be found here.

Important changes to the Academic Calendar - Wednesday 8 April 2020

In addition to the implementation of remote learning and teaching for the remainder of Trimester 1, we are also moving the commencement date for Trimester 2 to Monday 15 June 2020. By adjusting our academic calendar for the remainder of 2020, we are giving staff and students some valuable time and space to adapt to unforeseen challenges arising from COVID-19. During this time, SAE will be focused on fine-tuning our programs and remote delivery to ensure the best possible student experiences.

What are the changes to the academic calendar?

  • Remote learning will continue until the end of Trimester 1, Friday 1 May 2020.
  • An extended 5-week intra-trimester break will now occur between Trimester 1 and 2, from Monday 4 May to Friday 5 June 2020.
  • Campuses will be closed from Saturday 16 May to Sunday 7 June.
  • Trimester 2 and 3 dates will move out by 3 weeks, and all changes to the Academic Calendars are now available.

We are currently developing a range of additional short-course and masterclass options for the extended intra-trimester break. These will be freely available to any enrolled student and will provide opportunities for further professional development and engagement with your learning community.

Notice for SAE Students - Wednesday 1 April 2020

Over the last five days, SAE has loaned nearly 350 computers to its students, nationwide. The deadline to request equipment is approaching. Students still wishing to hire a computer must submit an application by 5:00 pm, Thursday 2 April, and all computer collections must be made by 5:00 pm, Friday 3 April. Any equipment not collected by this time will be no longer available. Apply here before 5:00 pm Thursday.

Notice for SAE Students - Thursday 26 March 2020

From Thursday 26 March, SAE is inviting students who are in genuine need of computer hardware (iMac, PC, Wacom tablet), to apply via this form. We cannot guarantee all needs will be met, and we ask for patience while we process applications. As long as the campus remains open, and we have sufficient inventory, we will do whatever we can to meet these requests. Please note, we cannot do the same with cameras, microphones, etc. as those are high contact, short term loan items.

Notice for SAE Students - Wednesday 25 March 2020

This week we transitioned to our flexible, blended learning model; a necessary and important change to the way we operate. The impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our community is significant, complex and changing daily. We have moved quickly to this new delivery mode to allow our students to continue their studies.

SAE continues to follow all advice provided by government and health authorities - the health and wellbeing of students and staff is our top priority and remains at the forefront of every decision we make.

Changing the way we attend class and work together will continue to be an adjustment for students and academic staff alike. In addition to the delivery of blended learning, SAE is providing students with access to software for remote use, and opportunities to connect with academic and support staff online.

Students are asked to take the necessary steps in preparing for this new mode of learning. SAE understands students may be feeling anxious and concerned about their projects, classes and work placements this trimester, and are putting measures in place to ensure no student will be disadvantaged.

At this stage, campuses remain open and students are still permitted to access facilities, though are required to adhere to strict social distancing and hygiene protocols at all times. Government advice on this is likely to change in the coming days, so we ask that students work with us in preparation for mandated, temporary campus closures, at which point all classes will transition fully online, until further notice.

To help students navigate this challenging time, SAE will continue to communicate via student email, though everything you need to know will be located on Campus Online to ensure ease of access to information at any time.

Confidential, free counselling is available for all SAE students. Currently, we are offering all appointments remotely, via Zoom or telephone. If you would like more information, or to book a counselling session, please contact your campus Student Counsellor.

Things you need to know

We will continue to monitor the situation daily and will provide updates via student email and SMS as the situation evolves.

Thank you for collaborating with us as we prepare for further changes. 

Notice for SAE Students - Sunday 22 March 2020

Due to new social distancing guidelines introduced by the government on Friday, 20 March 2020, off-campus production work should not go ahead under any circumstances, regardless of whether or not teams can source their own equipment.

No equipment will be available for off-campus production work, effective immediately. This is to comply with strict social distancing rules for non-essential gatherings, as implemented by the Federal Government. SAE has a duty of care to all its staff and students for their health and wellbeing, and like all other universities, we are following advice from the government and medical professionals in a bid to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our community.

As a result, all SAE production equipment will be unavailable for use off-campus until further notice. We ask all students who currently have equipment out on hire, to return it by 5:00 pm local time Monday 23 March. 

Please refer to our FAQs for more information. 

Flexible, blended learning - from Monday, March 23

SAE will commence delivery of its flexible, blended learning environment from Monday 23 March. Students can attend class on campus, or at home. Whilst this is a challenging shift for many to adapt to; gaining experience in remote practice is widely used within the creative industries, and this will be a valuable skill to master.

With strong industry links, SAE has been able to implement a range of tools that will enable students to continue their studies next week, wherever they are.

For all the details, students are urged to continue monitoring their emails or click here for more information. 

Statement from SAE Australia

In light of recent government advice about mass gatherings and social distancing, we have reviewed our response and today announce further proactive steps to help slow the spread of the virus.

While there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases at our campuses, SAE Australia is preparing to offer flexible, blended learning in its teaching so that SAE students can access their studies from any location. Beginning Monday 23 March, all modules will be delivered on campus and online until further notice. This will give students the flexibility to continue their studies remotely while still having the option to access studios, computer labs and specialist equipment on campus in small groups with social distancing measures in place. SAE students are advised to refer to their student email for more information. 

All classes will be held on the same days and at the same times as currently scheduled. At this point in time, campuses will remain open, with staff onsite to support students and we will continue to review this in light of evolving government guidelines.

Further to this, all non-essential events such as graduation ceremonies, public lectures, campus tours and Info Nights will be postponed or delivered in an online setting until further notice.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, SAE has put the health and wellbeing of students and staff first. We have increased cleaning services on campus, provided additional hand sanitisation at our campuses and widely promoted good hygiene to minimise the risk of infection in our SAE community. Staff and students have been encouraged to stay home if they feel unwell and to seek medical advice. We have a global reporting system to record all suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our students and staff, and have continuity plans in place which focus on supporting students to continue their studies with minimal disruption.

We understand this is a stressful time for staff, students and their families. We will continue working hard to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community, support students to continue their studies, look after our staff and protect the future of our Institute.

Last updated on May 14, 2020, at 21:10 (AEST).

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