SAE Institute

A training ground for future professionals

SAE Institute has been located in Parnell since the early 1990s, and is part of a successful global network of campuses.
We offer a number of qualifications in filmmaking and audio engineering.

Our Diploma and Degree courses are approved by NZQA.

At SAE we offer:

  • Electronic Music producer certificate (6 months part time) an ideal for anyone who might be interested in a basic understanding of electronic music, such as musicians or DJs
  • Diploma in Audio Engineering (12 months full-time), the diploma is the foundation of any future training at SAE. With a focus on aspects of audio work for sound recording studios, post-production studios, radio-television broadcasting stations, live sound and mastering the diploma combines theory and practice in a full time course
  • Diploma in Film Making (12 months full-time), the film diploma provides students with essential knowledge they will need in film industry. Film concepts are developed throughout the program. Students use individual computer workstations to develop their creative and technical skills in conjunction with a wide variety of location film equipment
  • Bachelor of Recording Arts (3 years full time), this degree incorporates the Diploma in Audio Engineering but places strong focus on technology, creativity and the development of academic, practical, creative and business skills

Industry involvement & training

Because the creative media industry is constantly evolving, so are we! At SAE we are passionate about teaching using the latest technology and the expertise of lecturers that have all spent years in the music and audio business.

As a degree granting institution, our staff are continuously developing and researching in their respective fields. SAE also utilizes industry professionals and representatives on a regular basis by engaging them as guest lecturers, or through enabling students to produce real work for professional clients.

When you learn you can be assured of access to:

  • Top quality equipment
  • Personal studio time
  • Lecturer interaction and assistance.

At SAE we combine theory and practice with assignment criteria that recreate work place scenarios, where students are responsible for managing projects within specific criteria and deadlines, with the help and assistance of our staff.

Our qualifications are designed to develop the independence and initiative that are valued in both the film and audio industry. Our goal is to ensure that when you leave SAE you will have the right combination of theory and practical skills for success in the real world.

Secondary school initiative

At SAE we offer a Secondary School Initiative to give young people the opportunity to experience working in a recording studio or on a film set so that they can get a feel for what we do before deciding on a career path.

Groups of year 12 or 13 students have the opportunity to visit the SAE Institute studios and produce a musical piece or film scene.

Under the guidance of SAE staff and current students, groups will observe and participate in the production.

Keen to know more?

We regularly hold open days.  For information on future Open Days and Events click the Open Days & Events button.

If you are unable to attend one of our scheduled open days, you can book a free personal tour through student services.

Our qualified staff will show you around and explain the curriculum and different qualifications available. We will be delighted to discuss your options with you.