SAE’s $12 million, 7 story campus opens doors to Sydney creatives

    SAE Australia is one of Australia’s largest dedicated creative media education institutes with courses in Animation, Audio, Design, Film, Games, Web and Mobile. Their campuses stretch across Australia, but its their latest in Sydney that’s the most impressive. Opening its doors for the first week of studies in 2017, the Regent Street campus, lies in the inner-city creative and cultural hub of Chippendale, next to Central Station.

    The new 7-story campus cost $12 million, but if the photos are anything to go by, that was money well spent. The purpose-built spaces provide a modern and interactive teaching and learning spaces, where students can master their creative skills.  Features include a rooftop recreational space for students to relax and network while enjoying 360-degree skyline views across the city.

    GM of SAE Australia, Lee Aitken, said

    The new campus was built to accommodate a growing demand for creative media programs in disciplines such as audio, film, animation, games, design and web/mobile. The new campus has been fitted out with the best facilities and industry-standard equipment to support hands-on learning in small class environments.

    Our focus is on giving students access to the types of technology and equipment they’ll be using in the workplace, and equipping them with both the technical and soft skills needed to kickstart successful careers from day one of their studies.

    The new SAE campus in Sydney was designed by Phillips Smith Conwell, with director and principal architect Andrew Holmes charged with redesigning the 1920s ‘Berlei Building’.

    The building’s new design is a direct response to the dynamic and evolving nature of the creative media industry and meets the highly technical requirements of studio spaces,

    The studios on the upper levels were designed with a high degree of acoustic awareness.  A chilled beam cooling system was developed to offer silent cooling in preference to more common fan-driven systems.

    The new facility features:

    • State-of-the-art campus set across 7 levels in the vibrant arts and cultural community
    • Premium industry consoles including the Neve Custom Series 75
    • Premium industry consoles including the Neve Custom Series 75
    • Seven Audio Control rooms
    • Seven Live recording rooms
    • Two Audio Post rooms
    • Two dedicated mixing rooms
    • Five Film Editing Suites, including specialised Colour Grading Suite
    • Film studio with cyclorama soundstage – the ‘Wonder Room’
    • Professional standard premium camera equipment
    • Nine Mac and PC computer labs with the latest creative media softwareLatest Virtual Reality HeadSets for 3D gaming
    • Professional standard design and animation equipment including Wacom graphics tablets
    • Game platforms and peripherals such as Android and iOS touch devices, Oculus Rift kits, Samsung VR, multiple gamepad controllers available for projects
    • UnrealEngine 4, Unity, C++, Maya, Visual Studio software games, FMOD Studio for Game Audio
    • Adobe Creative Suite and Autodesk Suite for Design, Animation & Games student
    • Fully Equipped student lounge with a large kitchen
    • Full floor open plan Student Collaboration area
    • Several Study Areas and study rooms throughout the campus
    • 65 seat Lecture Theatre
    • Fully-stocked library of physical and electronic collections
    • Energy Groove Digital Radio Station

    SAE Institute has a massive 53 campuses across 27 countries, offering government-approved and internationally recognised Degrees, Associate Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates, in the areas of Audio, Film, Animation, Games, Design and Web & Mobile. If you’re not in an area with a campus, they also offer online courses as well.

    For more information on the new SAE Sydney at

    Jason Cartwright
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