SAE Institute offers a diverse array of creative media instruction in courses such as audio engineering, digital journalism and music business. SAE has been well established internationally for over 30 years and as the technology has changed, so has SAE. Our buying power enables us to provide you with a selection of industry standard equipment and our limited enrollment guarantees you will have substantial access to it. SAE Institute's accelerated programs enable students to quickly learn the skills necessary to begin a career in various media industries. SAE's global Alumni network also gives our graduates access to a worldwide community of working professionals.
SAE stands for the School of Audio Engineering.
SAE Institute is a private, for profit school.
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Certain campuses operate on a semester schedule, while the majority of SAE campuses operate on a "lockstep" schedule. Because of this, start dates for our programs will differ across the country depending on the campus. Please see the Key Facts section in the program you are interested in and select your desired campus for the next available program start.
Currently, the only campus offering part-time courses is New York. Contact the campus directly if you require further information.
SAE USA does not currently offer online distance education course options. All classes are held on-campus.
All SAE courses have a focus on practical, hands-on delivery. The amount of practical time you experience during your studies does vary, depending on your course. You will also have opportunities to access campus resources and facilities outside of class time, during campus opening hours.
No prior experience is required as the fundamentals are taught as part of our programs. We carefully design and deliver all our units to help you develop the knowledge you need to be successful in your chosen field of study. Programs and course units at SAE follow best practice teaching and learning.
The degree program is a more intensive course of study that includes a wider range of courses. This better prepares the graduate for success in the field and enhanced employment opportunities.
Successful creative media graduates need both practical skills and theoretical knowledge. It is important to know the "how" and the "why" of your industry. SAE courses are specifically designed to give you practical expertise and a solid theoretical foundation.
Yes, SAE students can transfer between SAE schools, provided the program you are taking is offered at both schools.
Diploma programs can be completed in as few as 9 to 12 months depending on your campus, while degree programs can take as few as 12 to 16 months and the duration is also dependent on your campus.
Students who formerly attended a post-secondary institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education, may be granted transfer credit for equivalent courses taken at the previous institution. Students are responsible for having an official transcript(s) from the previous institution forwarded to the Student Service Coordinator's office at SAE Institute. The official transcript(s) needs to be received as soon as possible after the student has enrolled so the student can receive a correct schedule. Awarding of transfer credit is at the sole discretion of SAE Institute. SAE Institute will determine if the course(s) completed at the previous institution are sufficiently equivalent to the course(s) in the student’s program of student. Only passing grades of “C” or better will be taken into consideration. Factors that will be used to determine transfer of credit include, but are not limited to, the number of course credits earned, objectives and description of previous course, length of time passed since the course was completed, and the level of the previous course. Students may be required to provide a course catalog or syllabus so SAE Institute can provide a fair assessment. Courses that are approved to be awarded transfer of credit will show on the student’s transcript as “TC.”
Students who receive transfer credit will have the program tuition charge prorated based upon the remaining number of credits the student must earn in order to graduate. Students must complete 50% of their coursework at SAE Institute.
At all of our US locations we offer Diploma programs and in select locations we offer Associate Degree programs as well. At this point in time we do not offer Bachelor or Masters Degrees.
Please see admissions requirements for this information.
You can apply for SAE courses online. Visit How to Apply to get started.
Applications will be assessed for eligibility up to the advertised commencement date of the course. Places in the course are capped and filled according to date-received priority. The earlier your application is made, the more likely you are to receive a placement. If you are unable to commence the course on the scheduled date, you may postpone commencement by contacting Student Services at your campus.
Applying for a student visa can be a complicated process. While you are able to do this yourself, an approved SAE Agent can help you with the process. Agents are trained to assist applicants with their university and visa applications.
There is a non-refundable visa charge when you apply for your visa. For more information on visa fees and charges please visit the DIAC website.
Currently, international students can study at SAE in the United States under an M-1 visa. These students may engage in practical training only after they have completed their studies. Additionally, any off-campus employment must be related to their area of study and must be authorized prior to starting any work by the Designated School Official (the person authorized to maintain the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)) and USCIS. For more information please visit ice.gov.
The purpose of the entrance exam is to provide quantitative insight into how easily individuals can be trained, how well they can adjust to and solve problems in a training program, and how well-satisfied they are likely to be with the demands of a particular program.
The exam consists of a questionnaire that assesses an individual's "risk" factors and a 12 minute test that gauges the student's cognitive ability on questions regarding basic language and math skills as well as word problem solving.
Please see How to Apply for this information.
Please visit the Veteran's Benefits section for more information on applying as a veteran.
There are no strict deadlines for registration. Depending on the program and campus, SAE has between 3 and 5 intakes per year. All registrations are considered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. As there are a limited number of places available for each intake, it is advisable for you to enroll as soon as you have made the decision to join us.
Please see How to Apply for this information.
If you wish to defer or withdraw, you must see the Student Services Coordinator at your campus.
You must withdraw prior to census date in order to be eligible for a refund of tuition fees. If you have not paid your fees and withdraw after the census date, you will incur a debt. Non-completion of studies does not normally entitle a student to any refund.
Drop/Add is usually the first week of classes.
The maximum time you are able to defer study is 12 months.
Financial penalties will apply to students who leave their courses after the allocated census date.
We do not recommend you take multiple courses at the same time due to the demands of the accelerated programs. We advise to take one course at a time.
Fees and Payments
Withdrawal from the program must be done through the campus Student Services Coordinator. If a student wishes to withdraw from a program, then he or she is requested to officially withdraw in writing. As stated in the Refund Policy, the Refund Calculation will be completed using the student’s last day of physical attendance.
Your tuition fees are due prior to the first day of class. If you are applying for Financial Aid, you must submit the required application form and supporting documents prior to the start date.
Please visit the program page you are interested, navigate to the Key Facts section and select the campus you are interested in as each program varies by campus.
We offer Financial Aid and Scholarship opportunities to those students who qualify. We also accept the GI Bill/Veteran Benefits/Post-9-11 GI Bill/Military Educational Benefits/VA benefits. For more information visit our Admissions section.
You may elect to pay tuition fees using one of the following methods:
- Check or Money Order
- Amex, Discover, Mastercard or Visa
- Electronic Bank Transfer
Our school codes are listed below:
LOS ANGELES: 042058
NEW YORK: 039883
SAN FRANCISCO: 042058
Please note: Los Angeles and San Francisco have the same school code. When you register, you will be able to choose between the two schools. However, there is no such option for Chicago/Nashville even though they also share the same code.
Yes, we do. For more information, please visit this page.
Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover.
Yes, see the Student Accounts Representative.
School of Audio Engineering
Yes we do, but each campus offers a different type of plan. Please contact the campus directly for specifics on the plans available.
SAE is committed to providing equal opportunities for students with disabilities or special learning needs. For more information visit Student Services.
Yes, Lab hours vary from campus to campus. Please contact your Student Services Coordinator or teacher for more information.
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SAE Alumni is a network of SAE graduates. When you graduate, you will have the opportunity to join the global Alumni Association as well as the USA Alumni Association.
Students carrying a full time course load should expect to devote at least 25-34 hours per week to their program of study. In addition to workshops and regular classes, students are expected to complete 2 hours of outside class preparation per class per week. All program core curriculum courses require 3 hours of supervised project/lab work per class per week in addition to the 2 hours of outside class preparation per class per week.
At our US locations: we offer Certificate, Diploma, and Associate Degree programs. At this time, we do not offer a Bachelor Degree or Masters.
Job placement assistance is offered to all graduates of our Diploma programs. As a graduate in the USA, you become part of the SAE USA Alumni Associationl, where all of our campuses post new job openings regularly. During the program you meet with the career development manager so that you can begin focusing your employment goals. Certain workshops during the program also help you develop resume writing and interviewing skills for your desired field. Once you graduate, the career development manager will give you applicable job opening leads, and continue to do so through the SAE USA Alumni Association.
The SAE Alumni Association has been set up as a way to keep graduates in touch. As an Alumni member you can search for and find other alumni or just look for special offers from various manufacturers and SAE partners around the globe. There is also an active online job terminal where you can search for job opportunities that await you and a yearly Alumni conference.
This can vary depending on the campus and course. In most cases, class sizes average 15 - 30 students.
Students who are well organized find casual or part-time work most manageable.
Facilities and Equipment
All students enrolling in diploma and degree programs will receive a studio gear kit (included in the course fees) a few weeks into the program. The contents of the bundle may differ depending on campus and program and are subject to change without notice.
We currently do not provide on campus housing. For information on all other accommodation options visit your campus page.
Yes! We consult with industry on a regular basis and update our resources as required.
Administrative offices are generally open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Studio and lab hours vary from campus to campus but studios and labs are open in the evenings and on weekends. For more information contact your campus.
For information regarding parking at your campus, click the Transport tab on your campus page.
You will use a variety of industry standard and specialized software applications relevant to your study.
Studio operating hours are different for each campus. Please contact your campus directly for more information on operating hours and studio availability.
Books are included in the "materials fee" payment. The school provides you with all necessary books.