About Us

SAE Institute, with over 50 campuses in more than 25 countries, has been setting the global benchmark for creative media education since 1976. In North America, we proudly offer accredited Bachelor's Degree, Associate Degrees, and diplomas across multiple disciplines.

About SAE Institute

SAE Institute is one of the world’s leading educators in creative media industries. Established in 1976, we now span the globe with more than 50 campuses in 26 countries.

In the USA, SAE Institute provides courses to more than 1,100 students across 8 campuses in major cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, and San Jose. SAE Institute also has SAE Expression College in Emeryville, CA offering programs in digital arts.

SAE Institute offers accredited courses including Bachelor's Degree, Associate Degree, and diploma programs*. Our programs cover specialist discipline streams:

  • Audio
  • Animation & Visual Effects
  • Digital Filmmaking
  • Game Development
  • Entertainment & Music Business

At SAE Institute, we pride ourselves on delivering programs in professional-quality facilities. We ensure our students receive an education with industry-relevant skills.

*Not all programs are available at all campuses.

Our History

SAE Institute North America

SAE Institute was established in Australia as the School of Audio Engineering in 1976, making it the world’s first audio engineering institute. The early success of SAE Institute and the demand for our practical, theory-based and industry relevant training quickly led to the establishment of other campuses across the world. SAE Institute has vastly expanded its curriculum and global network, now offering a diverse array of creative media instruction at more than 50 campuses around the world, to industry and academic acclaim.

SAE Institute first came to North America in 1999, with the opening of a campus in Midtown New York City. Today, our eight United States campuses and recent acquisition of Harbourside Institute of Technology in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, make up SAE Institute North America. This region continues to uphold the proud tradition of SAE Institute, furthering our mission to provide relevant theory and practice in arts and sciences within the creative media industry for talented, creative young minds who are seeking to gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation for their craft.

SAE Institute International

Following on from the success of SAE Institute in Australia, the first foreign SAE Institute campus was opened in London in 1985. As in Australia, in the international arena SAE Institute 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 Institute established its Munich campus, which was to be the first of many foreign language SAE Institute locations worldwide.

SAE Institute was well established in Europe, Asia and New Zealand by the mid-1990s. The first of our 8 campuses opened in the United States in 1999.

From humble Sydney studio beginnings, SAE Institute today spans the globe with over 50 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, Film, Games, and Web & Mobile.

All SAE Institute courses follow the founding principles: high quality, industry-focused, practical and theoretical education options for creative and talented individuals.

About Navitas

Navitas is an Australian global education leader providing pre-university and university programs, English language courses, migrant education and settlement services, creative media education, student recruitment, professional development and corporate training services to more than 80,000 students across a network of over 100 colleges and campuses in 23 countries. Navitas is an ASX Top 200 Company.

Further details about Navitas are available at navitas.com