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About SAE


SAE Institute was founded by Tom Misner in Sydney, Australia. Offering the first practical audio education in 1976, it now spans over 50 locations around the world offering a wide range of courses & qualifications.


What makes SAE unique?


Advantages of SAE


Today, more than ever before, solid training, careful practise and creative thinking will give you the edge in the competitive media industry. These qualities are the hallmarks of our programmes, and the main reason why students choose to study at SAE Institute. We offer innovative teaching techniques, state-of-the-art equipment and a complete package of courses. Above all, our graduates have the large international network to support them in finding employment and making contacts within the industry. Our qualifications enjoy world-wide recognition and acceptance. All SAE Institutes are equipped with the best technology which is only available for use by our students.


  - SAE Institute is the only media Institute with a network of over 50 campuses world-wide
    - SAE Institute guarantees you individual “hands-on” practical time
    - SAE Institute has a unique practical way of teaching with over 30 years experience
    - SAE Institute offers recognised university degrees
    - SAE Institute offers accelerated learning format programmes, earn your degree in 2 years
    - SAE Institute has an impressive track record with highly successful graduates
    - SAE Institute guest lecturers are leading industry professionals
    - SAE Institute limits the enrolment to guarantee individual equipment access
    - SAE Institute maintains an international job placement programme for our graduates
    - SAE Institute has an active alumni association to further help our graduates
    - Graduates have been nominated and received many international awards


UK Locations


SAE Institute London

SAE Institute Oxford

SAE Institute Liverpool
SAE Institute Glasgow



Degree Courses (24 months)


Audio Production
Music Business
Digital Film Making
Interactive Animation
Web Development
Games Programming


Pathway Programmes


Diploma of Higher Education

SAE Institute offers 2 year degree programmes which have an exit point after 16 months. Upon successful completion of this 16 month programme, students are awarded a Diploma of Higher Education which earns 240 credit points. The Diploma of Higher Education is also an approved entry point, so students can choose to enrol on just the 16 month programme.
On completing the DipHE programme students may study towards a BA/BSc (Hons) in their chosen field by completing the final 8 months of the 2 year programme. The Diploma of Higher Education is particularly suited for media graduates who are seeking to learn the practical skills they need to compliment their existing qualifications.


Certificate of Higher Education

The SAE Glasgow campus also offers a Certificate of Higher Education. It provides an alternative pathway allowing students who successfully complete the programme to progress onto the final 8 months of the Diploma of Higher Education.


Master Level Study

Post graduate study is also available through our online education service, SAE Online.

The MA/MSc in Professional Practice (Creative Media Industries) is a work-based learning programme designed to provide flexible opportunities for continued development and high-level academic recognition in the Creative Media Sector.


There are two distinct pathways offered which provide the opportunity for both graduates and industry professionals who, while not holding an academic qualification have sufficient professional experience to obtain access to this programme. The MA/MSc programmes are validated by Middlesex University.


SAE Institute is accredited by Middlesex University, London UK. SAE Institute UK is a partner in Middlesex University Skillset Academy, a member of Study UK and a listed body on the register of the Department for Business Innovation & Skills.

For Application from students aged 21 years and above, we also consider work and life experience. In such cases, SAE Institute requires applicants to provide satisfactory evidence of their ability to successfully complete the programme.

As a creative school, SAE Institute is always looking for people who are excited about the creative media industries and therefore welcomes applicants without formal qualifications. In such cases, we will interview the student and may look at a portfolio of their work.

Entry Requirements

BA/BSc (Hons) Audio Production
UCAS tariff points 180 - 240
GCSE Maths and English Grade C or above


BA/BSc (Hons) Music Business
UCAS tariff points 180 - 240
GCSE Maths and English Grade C or above


BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Film Making
UCAS tariff points 180 - 240
GCSE English Grade C or above


BA/BSc (Hons) Interactive Animation
UCAS tariff points 180 - 240

GCSE English Grade C or above


BSc (Hons) Games Programming
UCAS tariff points 180 - 240
GCSE Maths and English Grade C or above


BA/BSc (Hons) Web Development
UCAS tariff points 180 - 240
GCSE Maths and English Grade C or above


English Language Requirements


Students whose first language is not English will need a qualification that demonstrates competence in English.


For Non EU/EEA applicants, approved English Language Tests include:

English Language Requirements


IELTS (Academic and General) band score 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 within each component)
Pearson Test of English (PTE) academic, with a minimum of 51 in each component.
Cambridge ESOL Proficiency Test in English (CPE), at no lower than grade C.
Cambridge ESOL Advanced Test in English (CAE), at no lower than grade C.


Dates and Fees

Start Dates


BA/BSc (Hons) Audio Production - Degree
London: Jan 2015
Oxford, Liverpool, Glasgow : May  and  September

BA/BSc (Hons) Music Business - Degree
London, Oxford, Liverpool, Glasgow : September

BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Film Making - Degree
London: May
Oxford, Liverpool, Glasgow : September

BA/BSc (Hons) Interactive Animation - Degree
London, Oxford, Liverpool, Glasgow : September

BA/BSc (Hons) Web Development - Degree
London, Oxford, Liverpool, Glasgow : September

BSc (Hons) Games Programming - Degree
London, Oxford, Liverpool, Glasgow : September




Tuition Fees vary according to campus and whether you are a UK/EU student or an International student.


For the London and Oxford campuses, fees are £9,000 per year for UK Students and £12,000 per year for International students.


For Liverpool, the fees are £9,000 (UK/EU) and £12,000(International students) per year from Sept 2015.


Fees at our Glasgow campus are £7,000 per year (UK/EU) and £10,000 (international students) per year from Sep 2015.


2 Year Degree: As our degrees are only 2 years, you save a considerable amount on both tuition fees and living expenses when compared to a traditional 3 year degree.




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