SAE Institute

SAE Institute

SAE is the world’s leading educator in creative media industries. Established in 1976 as the world’s first combined practical and theoretical school of audio engineering, we now span the globe with 53 campuses in 27 countries, and have expanded our range of courses to include certificates, diplomas, and degrees in:

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

At SAE we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional programmes 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 New Zealand
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 worldwide.

In 1989 SAE Auckland was opened in 18 Heather Street, Parnell, and was accredited by the Ministry of Education, allowing the first classes to start in 1990. This was followed shortly after by a Multimedia Producer Programme.

The studio facilities to expand several programmes changed, with the introduction of the Diploma in Film Making and the Certificate in Electronic Music Production, replacing the Diploma in Multimedia and Certificate in Studio Sound.

SAE Auckland expanded again to make room for a growing number of students and was soon accredited as a degree-granting institution and introduced the Bachelor of Recording Arts programme.

SAE later became part of Navitas, a leading global education provider.

The consolidated expertise and resources of SAE 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 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.
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