Creative Media Education


What important considerations should I think about when choosing to study at SAE?

Our institution has been well established for over 30 years and we are the only college of our kind whose qualifications are recognised and accepted internationally. Our buying power enables us to provide you with the very best selection of equipment and our limited enrollment guarantees you will have substantial access to it. Another important advantage is the trimester structure at SAE, which enables you to complete your course and join the workforce in an accelerated time.

What kind of employment opportunities can I look forward to after completing my SAE course?

Upon completion of your course many job opportunities will be made available to you as an SAE graduate. The unique hands-on and practical approach of study at SAE ensures that you will learn the techniques and practices needed to maximise your chances of a career once your studies are complete. Past graduates have found work in their chosen specialised industry and those who have graduated from our degree programs have found employment opportunities extend even beyond these areas. Once you have completed your studies, you will also have the opportunity to join our Alumni Association, which provides graduates with a very active job placement service. In the vast and growing entertainment industries.

Which course is right for me?

The course you choose is determined by a range of factors which, in summary, include:
* Your current level of skill and experience.
* Your area of interest.
* Your intended aims including, for example, whether or not you intend to study for a career or merely to deepen your current knowledge of a subject.

The degree programs, in common with most Arts qualifications, tend to offer a broader base of education in the Humanities, thereby opening up opportunities beyond those offered by the initial vocational oriented stages.

The certificate level programs are designed to train in specific aspects of the related industry. For example, the Electronic Music Production program has been designed to cater for those students who are willing to gain knowledge in computer and software based music production only. Therefore this program will limit their career opportunities to dance music/electronic based music production.

What is the relationship between theory and practical?

Courses at SAE are taught 'hands on'. This means that the theory lectures are supported by individual and group practical time for each student, using equipment that is housed on site. Theoretical topics are dealt with in formal lectures given at prescribed times and student performance is gauged through a series of tests and final exams. Practical studio time is booked outside of, and in addition to, lecture times. Normally, students are required to complete a set of practical assignments before being able to sit the final practical exams. In the final assessment for most courses, theory and practical are given similar weightings.

When are the deadlines for registrations?

All registrations at SAE are taken on a 'first come, first served basis'. Courses do tend to fill up very quickly, often up to six months in advance so candidates are advised to register as early as possible.

For degree programmes, registrations must be completed at least one month prior to course commencement but preferably sooner to avoid disappointment.


When should I pay the registration fee?

The registration fee should be paid as soon as you decide to take a course. Places are only held on courses once this fee (and registration paperwork) has been received by the Institute.

What are the payment terms of the course?

Please visit the Cost & Dates section of the site.

Can I get funding for the course?

Please contact SAE Dubai.

Does SAE Dubai teach in English?


Can I switch to another branch of SAE during my course?

The best part about studying as part of an international institution means you have the opportunity to relocate to any one of our global colleges throughout the duration of your course. Bear in mind the courses around the world commence at different times so it is best to check with your local manager to ensure continuity of studies.

What is the SAE Store and how do I gain access to it?

You must be a current SAE student or SAE Alumni member to gain access to our discount store. The store provides a large selection of study material, software and equipment at discount prices.

Where do the lecturers come from?

All lecturers of SAE Dubai will be a mixture of local and international talent.

What is a supervisor?

Supervisors are teachers who do not conduct formal classes but who oversee and offer assistance to students working on practical assignments. There is always at least one supervisor on duty to help you during the College’s opening hours.

How many holidays are there at SAE?

SAE has Six weeks of holiday per annum, three in summer and three in winter, over the Christmas and New Year period. The college may also close for various other religious and public holidays during the year.

What is MySAE?

MySAE is essentially Facebook for SAE students and alumni. It is a web-based audio and film community portal created and supported by SAE Institute. The MySAE site is the ideal place to meet like-minded individuals and to create your own online profile for future employers and serves as an active job market.

What is the SAE Alumni Association?

The SAE Alumni Association has been set up as a way to keep graduates in touch. As an Alumni member you can search for and find other alumni or just look for special offers from various manufacturers and SAE partners around the globe. There is also an active online job terminal where you can search for job opportunities that await you and a yearly Alumni conference.

Do you offer post-graduate courses?

Once you have achieved your undergraduate qualifications there is opportunity for post-graduate study to Masters level through SAE Online. Courses are available online as part of distance education.  

For details visit the SAE Online website: http://online.sae.edu

Do you offer distance education?

Yes we do, for both post-graduate courses and short specialised courses. More information can be found at:


Does SAE provide accommodation?


Does SAE provide transportation?


Can I reserve a place on a course?

A place is reserved for you on the course once your correctly completed Registration Form, registration fee and first installment have been received.

Are there additional costs involved besides the course fees?

Students at SAE are required to their own external hard drive. All course material is provided by the college but it is advisable for students to purchase one or two good text books in order to supplement their study.

Can I defer my course?

Unfortunately we cannot offer deferals. However, if a student chooses to cancel their
course and return within one calendar year they will be permitted to do so without being
charged a new re-enrolment fee. If you have queries about this please contact reception or
your Campus Academic Coordinator.