SAE Institute



Qualifications on offer at SAE are;
– Bachelor of Recording Arts
– Diploma in Audio Engineering
– Certificate in Electronic Music Production
– Bachelor of Film Arts
– Diploma in Film Making

Graduates of SAE Creative Media Institute leave qualified to work locally or internationally within the audio and/or film fields. Job prospects for graduates are diverse, including recording studio engineer/producer; live sound technician; audio production for theatre, camera operator, scriptwriter and 3D animator to executive producer and film editor, and radio industry work.

The creative industries in New Zealand remain a burgeoning sector. A 2015 report prepared by PwC for showed that New Zealand’s creative industries (including the book, music, television and film sectors) annually contribute more than $3.5 billion to the local economy. This is similar in size to the forestry sector, double the size of the printing sector, and half the size of sheep, beef cattle and grain farming.

SAE campus manager, Dr. Suzette Major, says the Institute provides a supportive setting for students who are transitioning to tertiary study from a high school environment.

“We are a tight-knit community working together on a small campus, which gives students a truly unique learning environment.

Students often tell us that the connections they forge here – with their peers and staff alike – provide ongoing opportunities in the audio and film industry well after they have completed their studies.”

Our Vision: To be the world’s leading educator for the creative media industries.

Our Mission: We provide specialist vocational and higher education courses worldwide to inspire and develop our graduates.
Our courses emphasise practical experience, the needs of students and industry credibility.

Our students access the latest knowledge and outstanding facilities to enhance their skills.

We are globally networked as a professional community in creative media.

Excellence in academic and student services.

Audio Facilities
SAE Institute rests its entire teaching strategy on personalised, practical learning. There are no large lecture halls at SAE; rather students learn in top-of-the-range studios with equipment that parallels industry standards.
The Project Recording Studio introduces students to the recording and mixing processes without overwhelming them with a complex array of equipment. It provides a balanced mix of challenges and opportunities to help master essential skills and familiarise students with common equipment such as the Mackie console and outboard effects rack.
The Classic Recording Studio includes the Audient ASP8024 console and 24-track Otari tape machine – equipment that is still in use and much prized throughout studios nationwide. An extensive array of high-quality outboard effects and processors help instil a greater insight into how each part of the studio functions while providing a more tactile working environment than plug-ins allow.
The Digital Recording Studio allows tracks to be recorded and mixed entirely in the digital domain. It boasts an impressive array of plug-ins in a powerful Mac Pro with a ProTools HD set up. Total control of every aspect of the mix is afforded through the revolutionary AVID S6 modular control surface, allowing every setting to be saved at the touch of a button.
The MIDI and Sampling Suite teaches audio creation and manipulation using predominantly samples and synthesis. Students learn to focus their attention more on the role of a producer and gain valuable skills and understanding into the world of electronically produced music. The suite utilises Apple and Ableton software combined with hardware elements by Korg, Yamaha, Roland, Nord, Novation, Alesis and Neve.
The Post Production Studio boasts a Mac Pro computer system using interactive Euphonix control surfaces, ProTools software and a high quality 5.1 channel ADAM Audio monitoring environment.
The Mastering Suite features meticulously designed acoustics for critically monitoring recordings and preparing them to the high standards required for commercial release. The suite is based around a powerful Mac Pro running Steinberg Wavelab, featuring UAD hardware and plugins, and a comprehensive monitoring system consisting of top-of-the-line speakers by B&W and Genelec, as well as the famous FM radio-simulating Auratones.
Digital Editing Workstations train students on the finer points of using professional audio software by AVID, Ableton and Apple for editing, mixing, composing and manipulating sounds.
The Study Lab provides students with a place to complete assignment work, research, revise and relax with fellow students. Access is provided to both internal and external library databases as well as a host of additional resources to aid study.
For more information or to book a studio tour contact (09) 373 4712 or

SAE Audio Programmes

Duration: Three years (including the Diploma in Audio Engineering as year one.)
Commences: January
No. of students per intake: Limited places.
Entry criteria: Successful completion of the Diploma In Audio Engineering. Entry interview.
Cost: $17,917 (NZ students). Approved for student loans and allowances.
Applications close: Commencement of course.
Contact: SAE Creative Media Institute Auckland on (09) 373-4712 or
Emphasis:Incorporates the development of creative skills and research methods necessary in today’s highly competitive digital media and infotainment industries. This stage furthers the development of music production skills relevant to the commercial and classical music worlds. It develops the understanding of relevant aspects of business management and legal matters as well as communication and research skills. This degree is research-based, opening the way to the highest levels of academic education (Masters and PhD).
Qualification: Bachelor of Recording Arts.
Career prospects: Music producer, studio sound recordist/engineer, mix engineer, Pro Tools operator, live sound engineer, mastering, broadcast engineer, audio post-production, music and dialogue editor, location recordist, electronic musician, sales and installation, education and associated careers, studio manager.
Tutors: Stephen Small PhD, Karsten Schwardt MA, David Chechelashvilli MSc, Suzette Major, PhD, Mal Smith BA(Hons), Michael Miller MA, plus guest lecturers from industry.

Duration: One year full-time.
Commencement dates: January, April, June and September.
No. of students per intake: Limited places.
Entry criteria: Minimum 17 years of age, School Certificate/NCEA Level 1 in Maths and Science. Adult entry is 20 years plus. (Adult entry – no prior qualifications required.)
Cost: approx. $12,371 (NZ students). Approved for student loans and allowances.
Applications close: Commencement of course.
Contact: As above.
Emphasis: Approved by the NZQA, the Level 5 Diploma in Audio Engineering provides industry standard training and incorporates multiple skills necessary for today’s successful audio engineer. With intensive theoretical and practical training graduates are able to apply and demonstrate a solid grounding in all aspects of working with professional commercial music and audio within the industry. Also offers a grounding in working with commercial music, audio and film and television related industries. Includes training for sound recording studios, post-production studios, radio-television broadcasting stations, live sound and any work involving sound recording and mastering.
Qualification gained: Diploma In Audio Engineering (Level 5).
Career prospects: Assistant sound engineer, studio sound recordist/engineer, ProTools operator, live sound, mastering or broadcast engineer, audio post-production, music and dialogue editor, location recordist, music producer, electronic musician, sales and installation, education and associated careers.
Tutors: Stephen Small PhD, Mal Smith BA(Hons), Reuben Rowntree BA(Hons), David Chechelashvilli MSc, Marcel Bellve Dip.Audio, Suzette Major PhD, Pritesh Panchal Dip.Audio, Dave Johnston BCom, plus guest industry lecturers.

Duration: Six months part-time, short courses avaiable.
Commences: Multiple intakes through year.
No. of students per intake: Limited places.
Entry criteria: Minimum 16 years of age. Open education.
Cost: Dependent on course.
Applications close: Commencement of course.
Contact: As above.
Emphasis: The EMP courses encourage individualism and combine the fundamentals of electronic music production with practical experimentation and personal creativity. Students graduate with the skills and knowledge to create the music they love and gain a strong foundation for future learning
Qualification: SAE Certificate in Electronic Music Production
Course prospects: For anyone wanting to experiment with electronic sound and DJs wanting to remix music more effectively. Also teachers and enthusiasts.
Tutors: Pritesh Panchal Dip.Audio, David Chechelashvilli MSc, Marcel Bellve Dip.Audio, John Ropiha Dip.Audio, plus guest DJ artists.

Admin Office: 12 Heather St, Parnell, Auckland 1052

Phone: (09) 373 4712

SAE Studios: 18 Heather St, Parnell

Phone: (09) 373 4317




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SAE Creative Media Institute is the world’s leading educator in creative media industries. Established in 1976, we now span the globe with 54 campuses across 28 countries. The SAE campus in Auckland is based in Parnell, close to the CBD and student accommodation. At SAE we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional programmes in world-class facilities. We ensure our students receive an outstanding education, internationally recognised qualifications, and industry-relevant skills. All our programmes follow the founding principles of SAE – high quality, industry focused, practical and theoretical education options for creative and talented individuals.