SAE was established in Australia in 1976 as the world’s first audio engineering institute. The early success of SAE and the demand for our practical, theory-based, and industry-relevant training quickly led to the establishment of other campuses nationwide. By 1982, SAE had campuses in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth. The purpose-built Byron Bay campus, offering unsurpassed audio facilities, opened in 2003.
From the establishment of SAE’s first institutes and courses, government-accredited VET and Higher Education qualifications were introduced. SAE has now evolved to become a global leader in creative media education.
In 2004, SAE acquired Qantm College, a leading digital media educator specializing in 3D animation, games design and programming, web development, and graphic design.
Qantm, one of the first education providers to offer degree programs in games design, has an impressive pedigree. The college was established in 1996 with the collective support of:
- Queensland Department of State Development and Innovation
- Arts Queensland
- Northern Territory Government
- University of Queensland
- University of Southern Queensland
- James Cook University
- Griffith University
- TAFE Queensland
Following on from the success of SAE in Australia, the first foreign SAE campus was opened in London in 1985. As in Australia, in the international arena, SAE 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 established its first European institute in Munich. Munich was to be the first of many foreign language SAE Institutes worldwide.
SAE was well established in Europe, Asia, and New Zealand by the mid-90s. The first of 7 campuses opened in the USA in 1998.
From our humble Sydney studio beginnings, SAE today spans the globe with 47 campuses in 23 countries. Beginning with Audio, SAE International has evolved over the years, and now also offers qualifications in other creative media disciplines – Animation, Design, Digital Journalism, Film, Games, and Web & Mobile.
All our courses follow the founding principles of SAE – high quality, industry-focused, practical, and theoretical education options for creative and talented individuals.