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SAE Qantm Creative Media Institute

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1976
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private for-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Art institutes
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • Level 2, 282 Gouger Street, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 5000
    • Phone:
    • +61266396000
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of SAE Qantm Creative Media Institute

SAE was established by Tom Misner in 1976 in Sydney, converting a small advertising studio into a classroom. Over the next six years, campuses in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth were established. In the mid-1980s, SAE began opening colleges outside of Australia, including locations in London, Munich, Frankfurt, Vienna, Berlin, Auckland, and Glasgow. In the 1990s, SAE opened a European head office in Amsterdam, and locations were opened in Paris, Hamburg, Zürich, Hobart, Cologne, Stockholm, and Milan. SAE also began expanding into Asia in the 1990s, opening locations in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. In the late 1990s, SAE formed the SAE Entertainment Company and launched full university degree programs with the co-operation of Southern Cross University and Middlesex University. In 1999, SAE began opening facilities in the United States, and over the following decade opened locations in Nashville, Miami, San Francisco, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Chicago. In 2000, SAE began licensing franchise schools in India, opening four that year. In the 2000s, locations were opened in Liverpool, Madrid, Brussels, Bangkok, Leipzig, Barcelona, Dubai, Amman, Cape Town, Istanbul, and Serbia. License agreements were signed for new schools in Qatar, Bogotá Colombia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. In the 2000s SAE also acquired QANTM, an Australian production, media, and training company, and relocated its head office to Littlemore Park, Oxford and its headquarters to Byron Bay, Australia.

Academic Highlights

Energy Groove Radio is a digital commercial-style radio network. It is a network of eight Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR)/Top 40 Stations playing a mix of live and pre-recorded programming. Energy Groove Radio showcases local and international shows, produced by a mix of DJs, presenters, and SAE students.Freddy El Turk launched Energy Groove Radio in 2009, broadcasting from Sydney, Australia. Since partnering with SAE in 2011, Energy Groove Radio has grown from a single digital radio service - based in Australia at the SAE Sydney campus - to a network of seven stations located across the UK, France, Italy, Germany, US, and Spain. In 2012 Energy Groove and Emirates Airlines entered a collaboration which now sees Emirates Airlines play Energy Groove Radio across its entire fleet.

Life in SAE Qantm Creative Media Institute

At SAE we know creative media industries 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 state-of-the-art facilities. We also get you out of the classroom and into the real world, with professional development opportunities at some of Australia’s premier festivals and events. SAE is committed to excellence in education, and your learning outcomes.

School Ranking


The following are the admissions requirements for all prospective students:Successfully pass the Entrance Evaluation by scoring a minimum of 14 for Diploma or Associate Degree Programs and a minimum of 18 for Bachelor Degree Programs on the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (Wonderlic SLE) Provide Government-issued photo identification. Provide Proof of Graduation in the form of a standard high school diploma, GED completion certificate, state high school equivalency certificate or high school transcript Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen; or provide proof of appropriate student visa; Be at least 17 years old; Demonstrate English language proficiency; Complete, sign and submit the Enrollment Agreement by the Friday before the start of classes; Attend a new student orientation and attend class during the first week of the first term; International students must include a statement from a guarantor that he/she is willing to provide an applicant with financial support for a minimum of one year along with: a personal bank statement of the guarantor converted to U.S. dollars, the amount of financial support the guarantor is willing to provide for one academic year, the guarantor’s name, address, signature, email address, and relationship with the student Students will not be considered enrolled until they meet all of the following requirements: Complete, sign and submit the Enrollment Agreement. Attend a new student orientation and attend class during the first week of the first semester.

Notable Alumni

Mark Paterson – Oscar and BAFTA winner for the 2012 film Les Misérables. David Donaldson – 2005 Grammy Award winner for the film Ray

Acceptance Rate

15,000 students

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