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All SAE degree and diploma courses are government accredited. This means that the qualifications you receive upon graduation are recognised all around New Zealand and internationally.

SAE Auckland runs occasional weekend workshops covering a variety of topics.  Keep an eye on our events page for upcoming workshops. All other programmes run on weekdays during the day, with studios and computer labs available in the evenings and on Saturdays (SAE Auckland is closed on Sundays and public holidays).

All SAE courses have a focus on practical, hands-on delivery. The amount of practical time you experience during your studies does vary, depending on your course. You will also have opportunities to access campus resources and facilities outside of class time, during campus opening hours.

We carefully design and deliver all our units to help you develop the knowledge you need to be successful in your chosen field of study. Courses and course units at SAE follow best practice teaching and learning. If you have specific questions, feel free to email [email protected] or call +64 9 394 7990 during office hours.

Diplomas

A diploma is niche skills focussed. By undertaking an SAE diploma in music, audio, and film you will develop foundation skills in these specific discipline areas. Students can use the SAE diploma as a pathway to degree level study at SAE and at other Australian tertiary institutions. Diplomas are a great option for people who haven’t studied before and/or those looking for an alternative pathway to degree level studies.

Bachelor Degree

A bachelor degree offers a rigorous combination of niche skills combined with a greater depth and breadth of theoretical knowledge and analytical skills. This knowledge is applicable to both your creative media discipline and the professional world more broadly. A bachelor degree offers you an entry point to professional work, builds portable skills, and develops sustainable, lifelong learning. Key high learning skills are a requisite of the bachelor degree and graduate study options are available upon completion. Bachelor degrees are suitable for people looking to develop professional skills and knowledge and to build long-term, successful careers in their industry of choice.

Successful creative media graduates need both practical skills and theoretical knowledge. It is important to know the “how” and the “why” of your industry. SAE courses are specifically designed to give you practical expertise and a solid theoretical foundation through our project-based learning approach.

Upcoming Open Day details can be found on our Events page.

 

My Application

Entry requirements for SAE courses can be found in the course pages.

You can apply for SAE courses quickly and easily online. Go to our Apply now page for further information.

You can enquire about SAE courses online and we’ll get in touch with all the relevant info.

Certified copies of your supporting documents are required for accreditation and auditing requirements.

For SAE documents, see the campus from which the documents were originally issued. For all other documents, these can be certified by people employed in particular professions including: Justices of the Peace (JP), Legal Practitioners, Magistrates, Notary Public, Police Officers, Dentists, Veterinarians, Pharmacists, Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA), Members of Parliament (MP), Ministers of Religion, and Medical Practitioners.

The person verifying the documents must state “I certify that I have sighted the original document and this is a true copy of it” and should sign and print the following details:

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Daytime phone number
  • Profession or occupation
  • Organisation and registration number (where applicable)
  • Stamp (where applicable)
  • Date verified

Applying for a student visa can be a complicated process. Please visit the Immigration NZ website for more information and assistance.

So long as you meet the entry requirements for the course that you want to study, the Admissions team can assist you in changing your enrolment over. This needs to be done no later than your first census date.

My enrolment

If you wish to defer, you will be required to contact Student Services in writing to request to defer or cancel your studies.

You must withdraw prior to census date in order to be eligible for a refund of tuition fees. If you have not paid your fees and withdraw after the census date, you will incur a debt. Non-completion of studies does not normally entitle a student to any refund.

The census date is the last day you can withdraw from a unit without incurring any financial or academic penalty for that course. The census date is set at eight calendar days from the commencement date (domestic students), or ten working days from the commencement date (international students).

The maximum time you are able to defer study is 12 months.

No refund of programme fees will apply to students who leave their courses after the allocated census date.

Fees & payments

Your tuition fees are due prior to the course commencement date. If you are applying for a Student Loan, you must submit the required application form and supporting documents prior to the course start date.

For information on tuition fees visit the Fees Overview section of the website.

Student services

SAE is committed to providing equal opportunities for students with disabilities or special learning needs. For more information visit Student Services.

Student life

This can vary depending on the programme due to physical space and booking availability of studios and computer labs.  Classes often have 15 – 25 students.

Full time students who are well organised may be able to accommodate casual or part-time work.

Classes run 4-5 days per week for several hours at a time.  Studios are available to book outside class time for work on projects.  Some work may be able to be done off site.  All students receive a full timetable prior to the commencement of each programme

All SAE degree and diploma courses are government accredited. This means that the qualifications you receive upon graduation are recognised all around New Zealand and internationally.

Students can access campus facilities during opening hours. Please contact your campus for timings.

The conditions of a New Zealand Study Visa permits you to work up to 20 hours under certain conditions. Please see the Immigration NZ website for more information.

 

If you need to provide a medical certificate for any reason, please ensure that you provide this to your Course Coordinator.

Upcoming Open Day details can be found on our Events page.

 

Your tuition fees are due prior to the course commencement date. If you are applying for a Student Loan, you must submit the required application form and supporting documents prior to the course start date.

My studies

Students can access campus facilities during opening hours. Please contact your campus for timings.

SAE Alumni is a network of SAE graduates. When you successfully complete a programme of study at SAE Auckland, you qualify to join the Alumni and are signed up to the associated services.  If you do not wish to receive the benefits of being part of the Alumni network, there is an opportunity to opt out during the enrolment process, or you can request to unsubscribe at any time.

If you need to provide a medical certificate for any reason, please ensure that you provide this to your Course Coordinator.

A full time study load is defined as 40 hours per week. Of this 40 hours you can expect 15-18 hours of face-to-face teaching time. The additional hours of study include collaborative work (i.e. recording sessions) and individual study time.

 

Please see the Immigration NZ website for more information.

Facilities & Equipment

No, this is not required. Students have access to our campus computer labs for assessment work.

Studios and Computer labs facilities are open 8am – 10pm daily (excluding public holidays).

Some parking facilities are situated within close proximity to the campus, however car parking in the CBD is not ideal as it is very limited and can be expensive. Street parking may be available at night, however students should be aware of clearway regulations in peak hour times.

Yes – all SAE programs use a learning management system to help you prepare for your classes, reflect upon your learning, submit assessments and collaborate and communicate with your peers. For this reason, we recommend that you have access to internet while you are studying.

Yes! We consult with industry on a regular basis and update our resources as required.

Classes run 4-5 days per week for several hours at a time.  Studios are available to book outside class time for work on projects.  Some work may be able to be done off site.  All students receive a full timetable prior to the commencement of each programme

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