SAE Creative Media Institute

SAE Creative Media Institute

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SAE Brisbane
Cnr Jane Street and Riverside Drive
WEST END QLD 4101 Australia

About SAE

SAE is the leading global specialist in creative media education with courses in animation, audio, design, film, games, and web and mobile. Established in 1976, SAE now spans the globe with 51 campuses in 25 countries.

In Australia, SAE provides courses to more than 3,000 students across six campuses in Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. SAE offers government accredited courses including certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, bachelor degrees and masters.

With SAE, from day one, you’ll start creating in world-class facilities, on the latest software and equipment, under the guidance of expert lecturers.

SAE students can fast track their learning to be degree qualified in two years. The extensive knowledge of teachers who are experts in their fields and the rigorous curriculum gives graduates a competitive edge.

Small class sizes, one-on-one learning, and interdisciplinary collaboration enable students to gain a range of skills and expertise in creative media. On completion, students are well equipped to enter the creative industries. SAE’s specialised courses are responsive to the dynamic and evolving nature of these industries. During their studies, students can undertake professional placements, internships and work experience relevant to their chosen fields, and showcase their work to industry and the general public at various exhibitions.


Located in Brisbane’s creative hub in West End, campus facilities include:

  • seven large digital and analog recording studios
  • four live recording rooms
  • premium industry consoles including the Neve Custom Series 75
  • industry standard Cyclorama film studio
  • large multi-purpose film studio
  • post-production editing suite with attached vocal booth
  • after-hours computer labs with the latest creative media software
  • film theatrette with cinema seating
  • oculus Rift and HTC Vive virtual reality headsets
  • professional standard premium camera equipment and accessories
  • library with attached study spaces
  • professional standard animation and design equipment including Wacom graphics tablets
  • student common area with games consoles.

Find more information SAE's Brisbane facilities.

Student support services

SAE has a range of services to support students during their studies. The Student Services team assists with learning support, administration support, student wellbeing, as well as supporting students with disabilities.

The Strong Foundations Program is a learning support program for any Stage 1 student who has support needs. (Stage 1 is the first two trimesters of the first year.) This program is run concurrently with, and in addition to, studies at no additional charge to students. 

Find out more about student support programs.


FEE-HELP is available for higher education courses, and VET Student Loans are available for VET diploma courses.

More information

Visit the SAE website to investigate SAE course offerings, view videos and photos of the campuses, explore the outstanding facilities and student services, and meet the creative staff and students.

For information on SAE admission criteria, contact SAE.

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students to SAE. It provides data on students who commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date for semester 1, 2018, including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses and international students studying in Australia.

Student profile
Applicant background Semester 1, 2018
Number of students % of all students
(a) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
109 8.46%
(b) Vocational education and training (VET) study 228 17.7%

(c) Recent secondary education:

Admitted solely on the basis of OP/selection rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points





Admitted where both OP/selection rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum OP/selection rank) N/A N/A
Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/selection rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, school recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/selection rank requirement, VET qualification completed during school) 611 47.44%
(d) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
271 21.04%
International students 69 5.36%
All students 1288 100%
Notes:        <5 – The numbers of students is less than five.
                    N/A – Students not accepted in this category.
                    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than five students.



Course admission information

For course admission information, refer to the individual course entry in Course Search.


Page last updated: 31 Jul 2018