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Because the SAE Institute offers industry-focused courses, you’ll have access to industry-standard facilities throughout your degree. Just some of the facilities and equipment available across SAEs campuses include:

  • Game art animation labs
  • Green screens
  • Music production studios
  • Recording booths
  • Cameras and lighting equipment
  • Web development labs
  • Seminar rooms
  • Lecture theatres
  • Libraries

The studios on the London campus are staffed by experienced technicians who can help you to make the most of the top-of-the-range equipment. At the Oxford site, you’ll study in a newly-refurbished listed building with all the equipment you need to learn your craft like a pro.

The Liverpool campus is also newly refurbished, and has brand new Mac labs and a live lounge where local bands perform and are recorded on high-tech equipment by students. Finally, the Glasgow campus opened in 1990 and has steadily built a reputation as a centre of excellence in audio and digital filmmaking training ever since.


Courses and Fees

SAE offers 2-year degrees in:

BA/BSc (Hons) Audio Production
BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Film Production
BA/BSc (Hons) Game Art Animation
BA/BSc (Hons) Music Business
BA/BSc (Hons) Visual Effects Animation
BA/BSc (Hons) Web Development
BSc (Hons) Games Programming

We also offer 1-year skills diplomas in all of the above apart from Games Programming.

Tuition fees are £9000 a year for UK/EU students at SAE London, Liverpool and Oxford. Fees for domestic and EU students at SAE Glasgow are £7,500 a year. SAE fees are fully funded by the Student Loans Company for eligible students living in England.

International Students per Year:

Fees for international students are £13,000 a year at SAE London, Liverpool and Oxford, and £11,500 in Glasgow.

SAE 1-year diplomas are self-funded.

Fees for Glasgow - £5,700

Fees for Liverpool, London and Oxford - £6,000



SAE Institute doesn’t have its own halls of residences at any of its UK campuses, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be supported while you’re looking for somewhere to live.

On SAE’s website you can download a comprehensive accommodation guide packed full of useful information on where to start when you’re new to one of their location cities, or even the country. You can also join the SAE’s accommodation Facebook group, where you can find flatmates and news on available properties.

The Institute also has a list of recommended private student accommodation providers for all of its campuses. Often you’ll be able to stay in a private hall of residence with other students in the city, most often in shared flat with a private bedroom and en-suite bathroom, or a studio apartment.

On the private market you can find a room to rent in a shared student house or flat, or a whole property to rent out with your friends.


Open Days

Why come to an open day?

SAE open days are the best way to see our amazing studio, lab and teaching spaces.

Meet our expert lecturers who have a proven track record in the creative industries, but also our talented and inspiring students to find out more about their experience.

What are undergraduate open days like?

At an SAE open day you will:

  • Meet students and staff
  • Take a campus and studio tour
  • See student work
  • Get information on admissions, accommodation, fees and finance and student support.

What are postgraduate open days like?

Our virtual postgraduate webinars will allow you to find out more about studying the MA/MSc Professional Practice (Creative Media Industries) online programme.

Virtual tours

If you’re unable to attend an open day or you’re just too excited to wait to visit us in-person, take a virtual 360 tour at

How to get to SAE?

For directions, please visit our campus pages:

Glasgow -

Liverpool -

London -

Oxford -

Living Here

You’ll have the choice of living and studying in four vibrant cities with the SAE Institute:

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and a cultural hub packed with museums and art galleries and some of the most beautiful architecture in the country, including buildings designed by the famous Scottish architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Glasgow has a buzzing gastronomic scene and is fast-developing a reputation as the place to go for the best vegetarian and vegan food in Scotland. There’s also plenty of shopping at the historic Sauchiehall Street, and the West End is where you’ll find all the best bars and clubs.

The London campus is based in the East End, a stone’s throw from trendy Shoreditch, packed full of digital media companies, not to mention pubs, bars, and fashionable eateries.

Of course, you’re not limited to the immediate area. In London you can take advantage of a fantastic public transport system to check out events all over the city with ease. There are also plenty of national and even international rail stations in the capital, so if you want to see more or the UK or Europe, you’ll be perfectly placed to do so.

Liverpool is another lively, student-friendly destination with lots to see and do. It’s a UNESCO City of Music with a wealth of live music venues, and of course the Beatles Story Exhibition. Liverpool also has the most art galleries in the UK outside of London, including the Tate Liverpool, a fantastic contemporary art gallery that shows work by some of the best modern artists in the world.

Liverpool is also a paradise for shoppers. Head to Liverpool ONE to find all the biggest high street names, with plenty of places to eat and drink, and even a mini golf course. You’ll be able to browse designer labels at Tessuti and Harvey Nichols.

Oxford is the smaller of SAE’s locations, so it’s perfect if you like a quieter life. That doesn’t mean you won’t find plenty to do though.

There’s plenty of shopping to be done in the city centre, and you’ll also have the world-famous Ashmolean Museum on your doorstep. You’ll also be just a short train ride away from some of England’s beautiful countryside.

Term Dates

Students can enrol on our programmes in January, May or September.

Travel Information

SAE Glasgow
85-87 Portman Street
Kinning Park
G41 1EJ

Top Questions

What do you look for in your students?

Passion for their subject

How much of an emphasis do you place on building workplace skills like presenting, project management and people skills?

A lot

What's university welfare and disability support like?

SAE has an excellent student experience team who support every student throughout their studies. For further information and to meet the campus teams visit

What support is available to students who are struggling for any reason? 

Student voice is a priority for us and each campus has a dedicated student rep and student experience officer to support all students with additional needs. More information can be found at

Do you offer any courses/sessions to help mature students with the university experience?

We have specific enrolment sessions and on-course workshops tailored for mature students

What social events do you offer when people first join to help people make friends and settle in?

A freshers Facebook group so new students can start interacting before they enrol, pub quiz and other socials

How much one-to-one contact time do students receive from their lecturers?   

12-15 hours per week

What percentage of your students get a full time job after 6 months of graduating?

85% of SAE graduates are in full-time employment within 6 months of graduating.

Roughly how many students start each year?


What’s the ratio of male/female students?


What fields of study is the university best known for?

Animation, Audio Production, Digital Film Production, Games Programming, Music Business and Web Development