SAE WORLDWIDE IS ONE OF A KIND
With over 20,000 students and 54 branches the SAE is the oldest and largest private educational institution for media worldwide. For over 35 years it has been setting international standards for education in the areas Audio, Digital Film & Animation, Web Design & Development, Crossmedia Production & Publishing and Game Design.
A SAE degree is often considered a key requirement for gaining access to the lively and ever-changing media industry. The special educational concept enables students without previous knowledge to obtain the highly regarded SAE degree in a very short period of time, and if desired in only 2 years a Bachelor and afterwards even a Master’s degree.
The SAE courses highly emphasize practical application, individual learning and a well-rounded preparation for the wide-ranging media industry. Thus SAE graduates can be integrated immediately into on-going production processes and with their flexibility they can be employed in very diverse work areas. A SAE education consists mostly of intensive practical training: in generous state of the art studios with up to date equipment students work their way through numerous production processes relevant to the industry and even execute professional projects. Experienced media professionals provide them with advice and assistance. Personal success and the joy of personal discoveries and knowledge motivate and lead to professional self-esteem, personal responsibility, commitment and a spirit of innovation – strengths that are irreplaceable in the pursued profession. SAE students learn individually and at a self-determined pace: The work- and practice stations are only available for teaching activities and are accessible until late at night. Attending the SAE means studying in a relaxed and productive environment with creative people and technical enthusiasts and with access to one of the most important international business networks of the media industry: The SAE ALUMNI Association serves as a global platform for professional exchange, further education and business contacts and provides SAE students with international contacts, even during their education.
School Portrait: SAE Institute
The SAE Institute offers short and very practically oriented educational training in media. The courses offered are Sound Engineering, Web Design & Development, Digital Film & Animation, Crossmedia Production & Publishing, and Interactive Entertainment. In addition the SAE Institute offers various short and online courses (http://online.sae.edu).
SAE banks on innovative teaching methods, practical learning, and working with state of the art equipment, and a broad variety of courses. This means that there are no dry lectures at the SAE but instead a meaningful combination of theory and practice.
Classes at the SAE Institute differ greatly from those of other schools because the SAE curriculum is designed strictly in accordance with the demands of the media industry. During a regular week students spend at least 15-20 hours at the workstations and in the studios and classrooms. The material taught during the lectures is immediately applied in a practical setting which strengthens the knowledge. In order to keep up with the media industry a SAE diploma can be completed within one year. The Bachelor of Arts/ Science* can be achieved after an additional year. Afterwards a Master can be pursued through SAE Online.
In regular intervals renowned producers, creative professionals, and Managers from the audio, film, multimedia, and gaming industry pass on their knowledge to the SAE students during workshops and seminars. The SAE enables students to switch between different branches so they can gain experience abroad. While still in school students have the opportunity to become familiar with different work methods and begin a career abroad.
With thousands of members worldwide – among them internationally renowned producers and sound engineers - the SAE Alumni network is also very useful in helping the graduates start their media career successfully.
*in cooperation with Middlesex University, London
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Majors with Brief Information
Audio Engineer Program
The Audio Engineer Program is a course whose focus is teaching theoretical knowledge and practical ability in the area of professional music production. The content is strictly oriented to the demands of the audio industry and includes acoustics, studio technology, signal flow, analog and digital mixing desks, sampling and sequencing, radio and television technology and loudspeaker technology, among other things. The education is designed for determined people who are serious about pursuing a career in the music industry. After the successful completion of the diploma level graduates can continue their studies at the SAE Institute and pursue a Bachelor and a Master’s degree.
Web Design and Development Program
Most people cannot imagine their lives without interactive media anymore. This course teaches the practical abilities and the necessary theoretical know-how essential for the creation of a comprehensive and competitive website and web-based applications. This very practice-oriented course enables graduates to directly enter the workforce in internet and advertising agencies. The following topics are taught: image processing, illustration and Layout, DTP, development and programming, video and sound editing, 3D modeling and animation. This course is designed for people who see their professional future as designers, developers or conceptualists in the field of interactive media. After the successful completion of the diploma level graduates can continue their studies at the SAE Institute and pursue a Bachelor and a Master’s degree.
Digital Film & Animation Program
Thanks to ever faster internet connections the triumph of digital film on the internet cannot be stopped. Thousands of commercial and countless private films are published online every day. Digital technology makes producing films (not only for the internet) significantly cheaper and production teams have consistently grown smaller. The Digital Film & Animation Program takes precisely these new demands of the industry towards career entrants into account and prepares them for it during this practically oriented course. Among the topics are camera, lighting, audio technology and video editing. 3D modeling and animation, post production and special FX. After graduating, students can work as 2D- 3D artists, effect operators, cutters, camera operators. After the successful completion of the diploma level graduates can continue their studies at the SAE Institute and pursue a Bachelor and a Master’s degree.
Crossmedia Publishing & Production Program
Today the influence of the digital media on the traditional publishing and broadcasting companies can no longer be denied. More and more publications have to offer their content digitally in order to stay competitive. The influence modern web tools such as blogs, pod and video casts have on the work of journalists is becoming increasingly clear. This course takes these structural changes in journalism as well as public relations and press activities into account and prepares students for producing and publishing of different formats and contents in a highly digitized world. Aside from the basics of journalistic work students learn the necessary techniques needed to publish information via different media and channels.
Interactive Entertainment Program
An annual revenue growth rate of approximately 10 percent makes the European gaming industry one of the fastest growing industries. About one million Euros are spent on interactive games in Germany every day. Developers all over the world are clamoring to find competent and highly specialized professionals. In Germany alone there is a need of more than 1000 new specialists every year. This course prepares students for the work as designers or programmers in an exciting and creative work environment. Depending on the field of specialization the Bachelor degree makes an entry into many different areas of the modern Entertainment Industry possible. Through their studies, depending on their specialization, graduates become qualified for nearly all job descriptions in the fields of conception, production, design and programming in the ever-growing gaming industry.
SAE students have the opportunity to spend a part of their studies and education at different SAE branches all over the world. At the moment the SAE Institute is represented in 58 cities on 5 continents. Special mention should be made of the schools in Byron Bay (Australia) and Oxford (Great Britain). In addition to the training and study program the SAE at these locations offers the possibility to live on campus.