SAE Institute USA


SAE Institute is one of the world’s leading educators in creative media industries. Established in 1976, we now span the globe with 53 campuses in 27 countries.

In the USA, SAE provides courses to more than 1100 students across 7 campuses in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, San Francisco.

SAE offers accredited courses including diplomas and associates degrees*. Our programs cover specialist discipline streams:

  • Audio Technology
  • Music Business

At SAE, we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional programs in professional-quality facilities. We ensure our students receive an outstanding education with industry-relevant skills.

Our graduates really do have the competitive edge.

Our History


SAE was established in Australia as the School of Audio Engineering in 1976, making it 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 across the world. SAE Institute has vastly expanded its curriculum and global network, now offering a diverse array of creative media instruction at more than 50 campuses around the world, to industry and academic acclaim.

SAE Institute first came to the U.S. in 1998, with the opening of a campus in Midtown New York City. Soon after, campuses were opened in six other U.S. locations. Today, our seven USA campuses continue to uphold the proud tradition of SAE Institute, furthering our mission to provide relevant theory and practice in arts and sciences within the creative media industry for talented, creative young minds who are seeking to gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation for their craft.

SAE International

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 our 7 campuses opened in the USA in 1998.

From humble Sydney studio beginnings, SAE today spans the globe with 53 campuses in 27 countries. Beginning with Audio, SAE International has evolved over the years, and now also offers qualifications in other creative media disciplines – Animation, Design, Film, Games, and Web & Mobile.

All SAE courses follow the founding principles of SAE – high quality, industry-focused, practical and theoretical education options for creative and talented individuals.

The SAE Difference

SAE has been delivering outstanding industry-focused education since 1976. We have set the bar for qualifications in creative media because we know these industries and we know how to train industry-ready graduates. We love what we do and we are committed to the provision of education options that challenge, develop and inspire.

Creative Media Education Specialists

We are one of the world’s leading educators in creative media industries because we work closely with our industry partners, we employ specialist teachers with real-world experience, and we deliver personalized education in industry standard facilities.

Our specialized courses in creative media are responsive to the dynamic and evolving nature of these industries. We keep our finger on the pulse and think outside the box to help you reach your potential and realize your dreams.

Global Perspective

SAE has 53 campuses in 27 countries. Our students and teachers are a unique, diverse and creative community who come together for a collective purpose – outstanding education opportunities. Our expertise is truly global.

Fast-track learning

SAE offers accredited fast-track learning pathways so you can be industry-ready and on your way to that dream job faster. If you are willing to put in the hard work, then our intensive fast-track options mean you can receive your diploma in as few as 9 months and Associates Degree in as few as 12 months.

Practical and personalized study

At SAE we know creative media industry graduates need individual practical training. We recognized this back in 1976 – that’s why we pioneered our hands-on, industry focused, and personalized curriculum, delivered to you in pro-quality facilities.

We also get you out of the classroom and into the real world, with regular industry networking events, alumni festivals, and job fairs.

SAE is committed to excellence in education and your learning outcomes.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


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