SAE Creative Media Institute

Admission criteria and entry schemes

Undergraduate applicants

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

AUSTRALIAN YEAR 12 STUDENTS

Applicants who are 2018 or 2019 Australian Year 12 students, or have previously undertaken Year 12, are assessed on the basis of successful completion of Year 12 and a phone-based or campus interview. We hold interviews with all prospective students to ensure we can meet their expectations and education goals. The interview is informal and helps us to understand personal motivations, previous study, relevant experience and expected course outcomes.

SELECTION RANK ADJUSTMENTS

SAE courses do not have an ATAR requirement.

OTHER ADMISSION OPTIONS 

SCHOOLS RECOMMENDATION SCHEMES 

SAE participates in the Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS), which are processed centrally through UAC. SRS allow Year 12 students who are UAC applicants to receive early offers of undergraduate admission by considering not only their subject performance, but also their school’s recommendation, aptitude and community engagement. 

Visit the SAE website for further information.

Applicants with higher education study

SAE offers opportunities for prospective students with considerable industry experience and/or previous academic qualifications to apply for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning. 

ADVANCED STANDING

Prospective students with considerable industry experience and/or previous academic qualifications can apply for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning. The precise nature of credit will vary according to individual circumstances and depends on the course you are applying for. Applicants who hold a qualification from another accredited institution, or have formally completed components of another qualification, should submit certified evidence of those achievements to SAE.

Applications for advanced standing/academic credit must be made at enrolment and will be reviewed by the relevant Academic Co-ordinator who will make an appropriate determination about the amount and kind of work that will have to be undertaken in order to complete the qualification sought.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are assessed on the basis of successful completion of a Certificate IV (for entry into diploma courses) or diploma-level qualification (for entry into associate degree or bachelor degree) issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF),and a phone-based or campus interview. We hold interviews with all prospective students to ensure we can meet their expectations and education goals. The interview is informal and helps us to understand personal motivations, previous study, relevant experience and expected course outcomes.

Applicants with work and life experience (includes those who left secondary education more than 2 years ago)

SAE recognises that preparation for study is not restricted to formal educational attainment and that valuable cognitive and skills development can be gained through experience.

SAE will review applications on a case-by-case basis if the applicant:

  • is at least 18 years of age
  • does not have formal qualifications for entry
  • seeks admission to courses on the basis of aptitude for higher learning and skills development through professional, work, life experience and non-accredited study.

To apply via Experienced Based Entry, students are required to undertake an interview with an assigned representative of SAE and provide supporting evidence that may include:

  • records of any formal qualifications attained
  • evidence of any informal studies undertaken
  • employment references relevant to the chosen field of study
  • a curriculum vitae.

In addition, candidates may also be asked to undertake an exam or written assignment to satisfactorily demonstrate capacity to meet the course requirements. In all cases, Experienced Based Entry into a higher education course will only be granted to students with at least a Year 10 level of schooling.

To set up an Experienced Based Entry meeting, contact SAE.

Applicants with overseas qualifications

There are commonly accepted overseas secondary qualifications that SAE may take into consideration. Check your qualification.

Contact SAE to discuss eligibility for admission before submitting an application to UAC.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

If you have qualifications from countries where English is not the standard language of instruction, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency.

Postgraduate applicants

General requirements

Admission requirements vary depending on the course you wish to enter. Check the course descriptions in the course search to view entry requirements for individual courses.

OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS 

If you hold overseas qualifications from countries where English is not the standard language of instruction, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency.