SAE Institute

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SAE Institute
SAE Institute Logo.png
Established 1976
Type Private
President Scott Jones (CEO SAE Global)
Campus multiple campuses (54)
Colors Blue and White          

The SAE Institute (SAE in short, formerly also known as the School of Audio Engineering and the SAE Technology College) is a private college founded in 1976 by Sound Engineer, Record Producer and businessman Tom Misner. The first school was opened 1977 in Sydney, (Australia). SAE Institute offers courses in Audio engineering, 3D Animation, Multimedia, Graphic Design, Game Design, Digital Filmmaking, and Music Production. It currently has campuses / facilities in 54 cities in 30 countries.


  • 1976 SAE was established by Tom Misner in Sydney Australia by converting a small advertising studio into a classroom.
  • 1978 SAE Melbourne is established.
  • 1980 SAE Brisbane is established and SAE's first commercial studio is opened in Sydney.
  • 1982 SAE Adelaide and SAE Perth are established.
  • 1985 Tom Misner establishs SAE London, the first overseas college.
  • 1986 SAE Munich, the first foreign language SAE school, opens in Germany. SAE Frankfurt follows.
  • 1987 SAE Vienna the first college in Austria is opened.
  • 1988 SAE Berlin is opened with special assistance from the German government.
  • 1990 SAE Auckland is established and granted full government approval. SAE Glasgow commences operation.
  • 1991 SAE Amsterdam, the new European operational head office is opened. SAE Singapore commences as the first audio college in Asia.
  • 1992 SAE Kuala Lumpur opens.
  • 1993 SAE Paris opens. Partial government approval and funding for students is granted. SAE Hamburg opens, the first SAE college to teach extensive digital practice.[clarification needed]
  • 1995 SAE Stockholm (Sweden) commences. SAE Zürich is established. SAE Hobart opens. SAE Cologne opens. SAE Singapore receives government approval.
  • 1996 The first full university degree programme is launched by SAE Sydney with the co-operation of the Southern Cross University. SAE Milano opens in Italy.
  • 1997 SAE forms the SAE Entertainment Company.
  • 1998 SAE New York City is licensed. SAE Athens, Greece opens. SAE enters into an arrangement with Middlesex University, England and the first BA (Hons) degree programmes are run.
  • 1999 SAE Nashville starts operation.
  • 2000 Four franchise schools are established in India.
  • 2001 sees the opening of SAE Miami, Liverpool and Madrid.
  • 2002 SAE Thiruvananthapuram, India, commences operation. SAE Berlin and SAE Athens are approved as Degree Centres by Middlesex University. SAE Bangkok starts operation.
  • 2003 The SAE Alumni Association is founded. SAE Brussels, Belgium and SAE Institute Bangkok are opened. The new headquarters in Byron Bay, Australia opens.
  • 2004 SAE Leipzig opens. SAE Barcelona opens. SAE acquires QANTM, an Australian production, media and training company.
  • 2005 SAE Dubai, first college in the Middle East, opens. SAE Los Angeles opens.
  • 2007 SAE opens a new school in Amman, Jordan. SAE Atlanta opens in the USA.
  • 2008 SAE relocates its head office to Littlemore Park, Oxford. New schools in Cape Town and Istanbul are constructed.
  • 2009 SAE opens its campus in San Francisco, California USA. SAEOnLine Launches.
  • 2009 SAE opens in Istanbul.
  • 2010 SAE opens in Belgrade, Serbia. University status gained in Australia. SAE international signs license agreements for new schools in Qatar, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. SAE Institute is sold to Navitas, a public education listed (NVT) company.
  • 2011 SAE opens in Romania.
  • 2011 SAE opens in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2012 SAE opens in Chicago, USA
  • 2012 SAE Athens relocated to its new building at Moskhato, Greece
  • 2013 SAE Institute Bangkok relocated to its new city campus in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2013 SAE relocated to its new Campus in Liverpool
  • 2014 SAE Institute Jakarta relocated to its new city campus in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • 2014 SAE Institute, U.S. Division unexpectedly laid off over 40 employees due to disproportionate staffing growth. [1]

SAE Online[edit]

Main article: SAE Online

SAE Online, formerly SAE Graduate college, is an unaccredited, distance learning, proprietary, for-profit European school that offers post graduate courses from Masters degrees to PhDs in Creative Media Industries, as well as several other professional skills courses (short courses). The university has no campus or professors.

Partnerships with other institutions[edit]

Since 1998 SAE, which is unaccredited in the United Kingdom, is additionally offering degrees through its global partnership with Middlesex University, and in Australia already since 1996 through its co-operation with Southern Cross University. Since 2013 SAE Germany, which is not accredited in Germany either, also offers a Master of Arts in Professional Media Creation through a partnership with the Institut für Computermusik und Elektronische Medien (Institute for computer music and electronic media) of Folkwang University of the Arts.

In July of 2014, Navitas, the primary guardian of SAE Institute lost one of its major contracts, Macquarie University, which led to a 32% loss in revenue and stock value.[2]


SAE sponsors the national unsigned music competition Top of the Ox recently won by singer-songwriter Ian Edwards in association with Oxford based record label Crash Records and other organisations. [1]

Notable Lecturers[edit]

Notable Alumnus[edit]

Notable Work[edit]


  1. ^ SAE Employee Discussion Thread, "SAE Institute Layoffs",, Retrieved on 22 December 2014.
  2. ^ Desloires, Vanessa (2014-07-09). "Navitas shares plunge 32 per cent after Macquarie University contract loss". Sydney Morning Herald. 
  3. ^ Tropfest, Fixed; by Tropfest 7-12-14. Retrieved 26-3-15.
  4. ^ SBS, Here's your Tropfest 2014 finalists; by SBS Movies 12-11-14. Retrieved 26-3-15.

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