SAE Institute



Qualifications on offer at SAE are;
– Bachelor of Recording Arts
– Diploma in Audio Engineering
– EMP Workshops (SAE 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: Excellence in academic and student services.

We provide specialist vocational and higher education courses worldwide to inspire and develop our graduates.

Our programmes 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.


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: $17,765 (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: The Bachelor of Recording Arts programme is highly practical, involving hands-on experience right from the start, with workplace scenarios where you will learn technical and operative skills, project workflow and management, research skills, documentation and communication with clients and other industry professionals. The degree provides the opportunity to collaborate with student film practitioners in a unique interdisciplinary creative hub, and culminates in individualised capstone creative projects.

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, David Chechelashvilli MSc, Suzette Major, PhD, 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. $12,607 (NZ students). Approved for student loans and allowances.

Applications close: Commencement of course.

Contact: As above.

Emphasis: The Diploma in Audio Engineering (Level 5) focuses on our students achieving their career goals in this exciting industry. This intensive programme incorporates the latest technologies, recording studios, audio software, processing equipment and therefore directs our students on a focused pathway as an audio engineer in the audio and music industry. This learning strategy has been developed from years of experience in our graduates achieving broad knowledge and creative engineering skills on entering the audio/music industry.

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, David Chechelashvilli MSc, Marcel Bellve BA, John Ropiha BA, Suzette Major PhD, Dave Johnston BCom, plus guest industry lecturers.




Duration: Six independent two-day workshops. Pick and choose the workshops you want to attend, or complete all six to receive the SAE Certificate in Electronic Music Production.

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: During these six separate hands-on workshops, you’ll learn the basics of DIY electronic music production. Dive into the fundamentals of industry standard software and production techniques. Each workshop is a self-contained introduction to the tools and skills you’ll need to get off the ground with your music production goals.

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: John Ropiha BA, plus guest DJ artists.


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.

Studio A 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.

Studio B 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.

Studio C is designed to introduce 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.

Studio D is our purpose-built audio post production studio, with a Mac Pro computer system using interactive Euphonix control surfaces, ProTools and Logic Pro software and a high quality 5.1 channel ADAM Audio monitoring environment.

Studio E  features meticulously designed acoustics for critical monitoring of recordings, a key requirement of the mastering process. The suite is based around a powerful Mac Pro running Steinberg’s 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.

The MIDI and Sampling workstation allows for audio creation and manipulation using predominantly samples and synthesis. Students learn to focus their attention more on the role of the electronic music producer. The suite utilises Logic Pro, Pro Tools and Ableton software, combined with hardware by Korg, Yamaha, Roland, Nord, Novation, Alesis and Neve.

Computer Labs across the campus contain around 50 digital workstations packed with applications including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton, Adobe Creative Cloud software, Microsoft Office and more, allowing students to take their projects out of the studio and continue working on any computer available to them. The ease of access provided by this large number of workstations means students have a place to complete assignment work, research, revise and relax with fellow students, and don’t require their own computer and software licenses in order to complete their programme of study. 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


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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With over 50 campuses worldwide, SAE Institute is world recognised and truly global. 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.