SAE Institute

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SAE Institute
SAE Institute Black Logo.jpg
Type Private
Established 1976
CEO Scott Jones (SAE Global)
Campus Multiple campuses (54)
Colors Black and Silver          

The SAE Institute (SAE, 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 and facilities, including licensed franchise operations, in 54 cities in 30 countries.


SAE was established by Tom Misner in 1976 in Sydney, Australia, converting a small advertising studio into a classroom. Over the next six years, campuses in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth were established. In the mid-1980s, SAE began opening colleges outside of Australia, including locations in London, Munich, Frankfurt, Vienna, Berlin, Auckland, and Glasgow. In the 1990s, SAE opened a European head office in Amsterdam, and locations were opened in Paris, Hamburg, Zürich, Hobart, Cologne, Stockholm, and Milan. SAE also began expanding into Asia in the 1990s, opening locations in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. In the late 1990s, SAE formed the SAE Entertainment Company and launched full university degree programs with the co-operation of Southern Cross University and Middlesex University. In 1999, SAE began opening facilities in the United States, and over the following decade opened locations in Nashville, Miami, San Francisco, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Chicago. In 2000, SAE began licensing franchise schools in India, opening four that year. In 2000s, locations were opened in Liverpool, Madrid, Brussels, Bangkok, Leipzig, Barcelona, Dubai, Amman, Cape Town, Istanbul, and Serbia. Licence agreements were signed for new schools in Qatar, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. In the 2000s SAE also acquired QANTM, an Australian production, media and training company, and relocated its head office to Littlemore Park, Oxford and its headquarters to Byron Bay, Australia.

In 2010, the SAE Institute was sold to Navitas, a publicly traded educational services company. Over the next few years, new locations were opened in Romania, Jakarta, and Moskhato. Navitas began taking over the licensed branches in the US in 2011, and laid off over 40 US employees in 2014.[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.

Energy Groove Radio[edit]

Freddy El Turk launched Energy Groove Radio in 2009 from its hometown, Sydney and is currently hosted by Brad Duence. In 2011 SAE Institute and Energy Groove formed a successful partnership allowing students studying at SAE to become directly involved in the day-to-day running of a live broadcasting radio station. 2012 Energy Groove and Emirates Airlines collaborated on an exciting music venture. Emirates Airlines now plays Energy Groove radio across its entire fleet of over 220 planes. As of early early 2016 on Thrusdays nights Energy Groove Sydney film reviewer, Matthew St Vincent, reviews the latest films that have hit cinemas.

The station now has a presence in 5 countries across three continents, broadcasting live from SAE Institute located in Sydney, Oxford, Munich, Paris, and Milan.[2]

Partnerships with other institutions[edit]

SAE offers degrees through its partnerships with Middlesex University and Southern Cross University. Since 2013, SAE Germany 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.

SAE Institute is accredited by Middlesex University in London. Students enrolled in a validated programme will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion of their studies. All BA and BSc programmes are validated by Middlesex University.[3] The relationship with Middlesex University has evolved and strengthened over the last 18 years, with Accredited Status being granted by Middlesex University in 2010 and the completion of a “Special Associate College” Agreement in 2011.[citation needed]

SAE Institute has undergone a review for educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).[4]

SAE Institute became an associate member of GuildHE in July 2013,[5] one of the two recognised representative bodies for higher education in the UK.


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.[6]

Notable guest lecturers[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable work[edit]


  1. ^ SAE Employee Discussion Thread, "SAE Institute Layoffs",, Retrieved on 22 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Energy Groove Radio - Pure Hit Music Radio Station 24/7". Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  3. ^ "Current collaboration partners | Middlesex University London". Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  4. ^ "SAE Education Ltd". 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  5. ^ "Members". Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Fixed". Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  8. ^ "Here's your Tropfest 2014 finalists | Movie News | SBS Movies". 2015-12-14. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 

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