Emeryville, CA

Reception: 510-654-2934
6601 Shellmound Street, Emeryville, CA 94608 Follow Emeryville, CA campus

About the Campus

SAE Expression College

Once warehouse and industrial districts of the Bay Area, Emeryville has evolved into a city known for artistic expression, biotech research, and software development. Emeryville is located just off Interstate 80, which is easily accessible from San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, and surrounding cities.

The SAE Expression College campus occupies over 102,000 square feet in two buildings and consists of offices, classrooms and laboratories, and faculty and student lounges. Specialized classrooms include the Meyer Sound Performance Hall, Marshall McLuhan Lab, Sound Stage, Stop Motion Room, Green Screen, Jimi Hendrix Suite, Game Audio Suites, and Avid Pro Tools Workstations.

SAE Expression College offers five Bachelor's Degree programs in digital arts including Animation & Visual Effects, Digital Filmmaking, Game Art & Design, Interactive Audio, and Sound Arts.

Programs & Tuition

Programs Offered

Animation & Visual Effects

Digital Filmmaking

Game Art & Design

Interactive Audio

Sound Arts

Tuition costs per semester based on credits being taken
12+ Credits: $11,800.00
7 - 11 Credits: $9,300.00
6 - 8 Credits: $6,340.00
1 - 5 Credits: $1,060.00
Technology Fee: $299.00


A Bachelor's of Applied Science Degree is generally 8 semesters for a student attending full-time. Total tuition costs for the program is $94,400. The estimated cost of attendance with fees is $95,297.


Music Business Associate Degree

Tuition: $30,720.00
Laptop Package: $3,700.00
Estimated Cost of Textbooks: $700.00
Technology Fee: $598.00




Music Business Diploma

Tuition: $21,200.00
Laptop Package: $3,700.00
Estimated Cost of Textbooks: $300.00
Technology Fee: $299.00



About the Area

About Emeryville

SAE Expression College is located in Emeryville, CA in the thriving Bay Area. Our campus is just across the bridge from San Francisco, and is close neighbors with Berkeley and Oakland. Emeryville is in the midst of a number of creative and innovative digital arts companies that have made the Bay Area their home like animation studios, video game publishers, special effects houses, recording studios, and social media companies.

Emeryville Map

Key Attractions

Local Services in San Francisco

Emergency Services

  • Emergency: 911 (Ambulance, Fire, Police)
  • Poisons Advice: 1.800.222.1222
  • City of San Francisco - Non-Emergency: 311

Legal Services

Accessing Money


Places of Worship


Bay Area Transportation

Several services offer transit around the Bay Area.

Housing Options

Housing Options in the Bay Area

Summary of Housing Options (PDF)

Need an Apartment?

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Prefer a Student Dorm?

Although we don’t offer on-campus dorms, there are off-campus dorms available for students all over San Francisco:

Looking for Roommates? 

Finding a roommate can help to offset some of your living expenses. Check the following websites to meet other people interested in sharing a place:


Students may need to figure in expenses for the following utilities when renting:

Cable/Internet/Phone Service:

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programs AVAILABLE IN Emeryville, CA