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 47 campuses in 23 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.

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.

Information nights

Brisbane: Thursday, 30 April

Get a behind-the-scenes look inside SAE Institute at our Info Night! This is your opportunity to see how SAE Institute can help launch your creative career.

Important dates

Visit the SAE website for information on enrolment, teaching, semester start and end, and other important academic dates.

Visit key dates and fees for information on important QTAC dates.

Admission criteria

General admission criteria

To be offered a place in a course you must meet the course entrance requirements and be selected in competition with other eligible applicants. SAE admission criteria vary depending on the course chosen. Check the course description for entry requirements relevant to that program and visit the SAE website

Applicants with higher education study

SAE offers opportunities for prospective students with considerable industry experience and/or previous academic qualifications to apply for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning. For details read ‘Advanced standing’ below.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study 

Applicants with previous VET studies must satisfy one of the following minimum entry criteria:

  • For bachelor courses, completion of a diploma-level qualification issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
  • For diploma courses, completion of a Certificate IV-level or above qualification issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Applicants with work and life experience

SAE recognises that preparation for study is not restricted to formal educational attainment and that valuable cognitive and skills development can be gained through experience.
SAE will review applications on a case-by-case basis if the applicant:

  • is at least 18 years of age
  • does not have formal qualifications for entry
  • seeks admission to courses on the basis of aptitude for higher learning and skills development through professional, work, life experience and non-accredited study.

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

  • records of any formal qualifications attained
  • evidence of any informal studies undertaken
  • employment references relevant to the chosen field of study
  • a curriculum vitae.

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

In all cases, Experienced Based Entry into a higher education course will only be granted to students with at least a Year 10 level of schooling.

To set up an Experienced Based Entry meeting, contact SAE on 1800 723 338.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

Applicants must prove completion of Year 12 by providing a copy of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education that has been awarded by an agency or authority of the correspondent state of territory.

Australian Year 12 students

Applicants who are 2019 Australian Year 12 students, or have previously undertaken Year 12, are assessed on the basis of successful completion of Year 12 and a phone-based or campus interview. 

We hold interviews with all prospective students to ensure we can meet their expectations and education goals. The interview is informal and helps us to understand personal motivations, previous study, relevant experience and expected course outcomes. For further information, visit the SAE website.

Applicants with overseas Year 12 study

Visit the SAE website for information on overseas secondary qualifications.

OP/ Selection Rank Related Adjustments – Current Year 12 Applicants

SAE courses do not have an OP requirement.

OP/ Selection Rank Related Adjustments – Non- Year 12 Applicants

SAE courses do not have an OP requirement.

Other admission options

Refer to institution.

Additional information

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Creative Indigenous Scholarship

Indigenous scholarships are awarded to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students who have shown high academic achievement, strong leadership skills and a creative passion during secondary school. The aim of this scholarship is to assist Indigenous Australians and provide them with an opportunity to develop skills and achieve their goals within the creative media industry. For terms and conditions, visit the SAE website.

Domestic students with overseas qualifications

Visit the SAE website for information on overseas secondary qualifications.

English language proficency

Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia with overseas qualifications from countries where English is not the standard language of instruction must provide evidence of English language proficiency. Visit the SAE website for more information.

How to apply

Acceptance of an offer

Applicants who meet the entry requirements will receive a letter of offer, which details important information such as course, campus, indicative cost, and acceptance and enrolment procedures. For more information visit


Deferment is available to all applicants, for up to one year only.

Credit transfer

Prospective students with considerable industry experience and/or previous academic qualifications can apply for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning. The precise nature of credit will vary according to individual circumstances and depends on the course you are applying for.

Applicants who hold a qualification from another accredited institution, or have formally completed components of another qualification, should submit certified evidence of those achievements to SAE.

Applications for advanced standing must be made at enrolment and will be reviewed by the relevant Campus Academic Coordinator who will make an appropriate determination about the amount and kind of work that will have to be undertaken in order to complete the qualification sought.

Fees and charges

For fee information, visit the SAE website.

Tuition fees are paid in instalments at the beginning of each trimester, with the first payment due on the course commencement date. Alternatively, students may apply for FEE-HELP.

Australian or New Zealand citizens or holders of a humanitarian visa may be eligible to pay tuition fees via FEE-HELP for higher education courses offered at SAE Creative Media Institute.

Contact SAE on 1800 723 338 to request the Fee Schedule or visit the SAE website.

Youth and student allowances

For details of Youth Allowance, Austudy and ABSTUDY, visit the Department of Human Services website


FEE-HELP is available for higher education courses offered at SAE. Australian or New Zealand citizens or holders of a humanitarian visa may be eligible to pay tuition fees via FEE-HELP. For further information, visit Study Assist.


SAE offers scholarships to outstanding creative media applicants. SAE scholarships are awarded to recognise creative talent coupled with academic excellence and outstanding leadership. For more details, visit the SAE website


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, 2019, including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses and international students studying in Australia.
Student profile
Applicant background Semester 1 intake 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
71 6.8%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 140 13.4%
(C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
288 27.5%

(D) Recent secondary education:

Admitted solely on the basis of OP/selection rank (regardless of whether this includes the consideration 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) 0 0%
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) 471 44.9%
(E) International students 78 7.4%
All students 1048 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: 09 Mar 2020