SAE continues to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19, which is presenting unprecedented challenges for our teaching and learning communities.


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SAE Creative Media Institute is monitoring the coronavirus (COVID 19) situation and will continue to act on the advice given by the New Zealand government and health authorities. Our top priority remains the health and well-being of our community. Please find a list of frequently asked questions regarding studying at SAE and the impacts of COVID-19.

LAST UPDATED: 31st August, 2020



SAE Auckland is pleased to announce 2 funds that have been established to assist students facing technology access issues and/or general hardship due to COVID-19. Any current SAE Auckland student can apply to either or both of these funds. These funds will remain open for the remainder of 2020.

Technology Access Fund

This fund has been set up to provide financial assistance specifically for data in order to help students access online classes. Students will be provided money to pay their Internet Service Provider to ensure they have sufficient data to learn from home whenever we have online classes. The Technology Access fund will include payment of data or other associated costs to the value of $60 per month for a maximum of 3 months. 

Application to the Technology Access Fund

Student Hardship Fund

This fund has been set up to provide temporary financial assistance for students experiencing hardship from the impacts of COVID-19. Students can use the money to cover basic living costs they are unable to meet including food, utilities, rent or other unexpected expenses. The Hardship Fund will include lump sum grants to the value of either $250 or $500 depending on the student’s circumstances.

Application to the Hardship Fund


Once an application has been submitted, we will be in touch to talk through your particular circumstances and how we might be able to help. If you are facing financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19, please make the most of this opportunity. 

If you have any queries regarding either of these funds, please contact Student Support on 




 Kia ora koutou

 Today, the government reviewed the COVID-19 Alert Levels and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the current Alert Levels will remain in place for at least one more week. That means, Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) will remain at Alert Level 2.5 and the rest of New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 2. The government will re-consider Alert Levels again next Monday 21 Sept. Should a shift in Alert Level be announced, the earliest that this would occur would be midnight, Wednesday 23 Sept. 

That means, for the meantime, we will continue as we are at SAE Auckland with a mix of online and on-campus classes. Keeping some classes online, means those on campus are able to spread out and ensure we are maintaining physical distancing. But we also want to ensure you have access to our studios, equipment and labs as much as possible. So, as a reminder, the key principles of Alert Level ‘2.5’ include:

  • Stay home if you are sick and seek medical advice if required

  • Sign in each day through scanning the COVID-19 app upon entry or via our manual contact tracing register

  • Maintain physical distancing of 1 metre 

  • Maintain good hand hygiene 

  • All staff and students are encouraged to wear masks whilst on campus, and in particular when in areas of close proximity such as our studios

  • All staff and students at high risk of COVID-19 should stay at home

  • Classes are held both on campus and online, ensuring that all students have at least one class on campus per week 

  • Studios are fully open, 8am-10pm Monday to Sunday

  • Film equipment can be booked and taken off campus as per normal.


As always, keep a close eye on your Slack channel, as well as your Axis timetable, where the latest information will be posted.

 Should the government move Alert Levels next week, we will review our protocols and, if needed, update accordingly. Our aim is, of course, to get all students back on campus as much and as soon as possible. However, we need to await a full return to Alert Level 1 before that can happen. 

 I’ve been so impressed with the commitment and attitude you’ve all taken through this tough year and encourage you to ‘stay the course’ as we move through Trimester 3. Keep being safe, kind and mindful of yourself and others. And please, reach out for support at any time through our fabulous Student Support team. You are also welcome to contact me directly.


Keep safe everyone. He waka eke noa – we are all in this together! 

Ngā mihi nui,


Campus Director


You may view previous announcements here.



Ministry of Education: Tertiary Student Support Package - 16 April 2020

Ministry of Education: Tertiary Bulletin update - 6th April 2020

Ministry of Education: International Student update - 2nd April 2020

Ministry of Education: Tertiary Bulletin update - 2nd April 2020

Ministry of Education: Tertiary Bulletin update - 30th March 2020



New Zealand Government COVID-19 site

Ministry of Health

World Health Organisation – COVID-19 Q&As




Protecting yourself and others

What is social distancing?

Health and wellness advice

Hand hygiene