Entry Requirements

SAE entry requirements vary depending on which course you are applying for, and whether you are an Australian or International student.  
SAE does not require an ATAR for any of it's courses, however an ATAR of 60+ is a good basis for entry. View SAE's current student profile here.
An overview of entry requirements is given below. Alternatively, simply check the 'Key Info' section of your chosen course for the entry requirements relevant to you.

 

 

Australian students

HE STUDIES

For DEGREE COURSES

Applicants for degree courses must satisfy one of the following minimum entry criteria:

  1. Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) or equivalent; OR
  2. Completion of a diploma level qualification or higher issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF); OR
  3. Alternative entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements of options 1 or 2. Please read the section below on alternative entry or contact your campus directly for more information.

FOR DIPLOMA COURSES

  1. Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) or equivalent; OR
  2. Alternative entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements of option 1. Please read the section below on alternative entry or contact your campus directly for more information.

FOR POSTGRADUATE COURSES

  1. Australian Bachelor degree or higher in Media Production;
  2. Australian Bachelor degree or higher in a non-related field, as well as demonstrated skills and expertise in Media Production.

Postgraduate Application Requirements:

  1. Evidence of qualification;
  2. CV detailing skills and expertise in Media Production (with weblinks to online portfolio/showreel)

FOR ALL COURSES 

Students must provide the following (in addition to the academic requirements): 

  1. Valid Photo Identification (passport, drivers licence etc)
  2. Proof of Australian Citizenship (Or Visa records if they are a New Zealand SCV holder)
  3. Enrolment form

ALTERNATE ENTRY
SAE recognises that learning may be acquired from both formal study and professional experience. Applicants without a bachelor degree can apply for Alternate Entry to the Graduate Certificate and, on completion, apply to transfer to the Graduate Diploma or Masters.

For Alternate Entry application requirements, see Section 6.4 of SAE's Student Selection, Admission and Transfer Policy

RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING & CREDIT TRANSFERS

SAE will recognise an individual’s prior learning and may grant credit towards satisfying the requirements for a VET or a higher education program, where that learning is considered equivalent to the content and learning outcomes prescribed for modules within that program. For full details regarding SAE's policy on recognition of prior learning and credit transfers.

VET STUDIES

DIPLOMA COURSES (Adelaide only)
Applicants for VET diploma courses must satisfy one of the following minimum entry criteria:

  1. Provide a copy of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education that has been awarded by an agency or authority of a State of Territory for the student’s completion of year 12; OR
  2. Provide evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework Certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English); OR
  3. Achieve an Exit Level 3 or higher in literacy and numeracy in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) as demonstrated in the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) as well as an Alternative Entry meeting with an SAE representative. 

For more information on Alternative Entry for a VET Diploma Course, please read the Student Entry Procedures –  Vocational Education & Training (VET) Courses  or contact your campus directly for more information.

CERTIFICATE COURSES
Applicants for VET certificate courses must satisfy one of the following minimum entry criteria:

  1. Completion of an Australian Year 10 School Certificate or equivalent, OR
  2. Completion of a Certificate II level qualification issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), OR
  3. Alternative Entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements of options 1 or 2.

For more information on Alternative Entry for a VET Certificate Course, please read the Student Entry Procedures –  Vocational Education & Training (VET) Courses  or contact your campus directly for more information.

VET ALTERNATIVE ENTRY

SAE recognise 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 you:

  • Are at least 18 years of age, or will turn 18 within the first year of their course of study
  • Do not have formal qualifications for entry
  • Seek admission to courses on the basis of your aptitude for higher learning and skills development through professional, work, life experience and non-accredited study.

To apply via Alternative 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
  • References relating to work history relevant to the chosen field of study (if applicable) and
  • A resume or 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.

The Alternative Entry process for students wishing to study Vocational Education and Training courses is outlined in the Student Entry Procedures –  Vocational Education & Training (VET) Courses

In all cases Alternative Entry into a HE course will only be granted to students with at least a Year 10 level of schooling.

To set up an Alternative Entry Application meeting, please contact your campus.

To apply and enrol to study please click here.

International students

International students may be admitted in accordance with Government and SAE’s policies and can apply directly to SAE for admission. International students will be admitted in compliance with the ESOS Act 2000 and its Regulations 2001.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must have successfully completed Secondary Studies (High School) and meet English language requirements as outlined below.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International students have to provide additional evidence of language skills and complete one of the following:

English test scores more than two (2) years old at the time of application will not be accepted

ENGLISH TEST / QUALFICATION 

HIGHER EDUCATION DIPLOMA COURSES

ASSOCIATE DEGREE & BACHELOR DEGREE POST GRADUATE COURSES
IELTS Academic

5.5 overall score.
No band score less than 5.0

6.0 overall score.
No band score less than 5.5

6.5 overall score.  No band score less than 6.0
PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic 46 overall score 54 overall score

58-64 overall score.
No band score less than 50

TOEFL paper based test 527 overall score 550 overall score

550-583 overall score.
Minimum 4.5 in writing 

TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test) 63 overall score 73 overall score

79-93 overall score.
Minimum 21 score in writing


Australian Year 12 studies

Successful completion of Year 12 Senior Secondary School in Australia

Non-Australian secondary studies

Successful completion of Senior Secondary school comparable to Australian Year 12 from an assessable country

Australian and other post-secondary studies

Successful completion of one year of full-time study at Certificate IV, Diploma, Associate Diploma or higher level of study in an assessable country
ASSESSABLE COUNTRIES

American Samoa

Australia

Botswana

Canada

Fiji

Ghana

Guyana

Ireland

Jamaica

Kenya

Lesotho

Liberia

New Zealand

Nigeria

Papua New Guinea

Singapore

Solomon Islands

South Africa

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

United Kingdom 
(including Northern Ireland)

United States of America

Zambia

Zimbabwe.

VET CERTIFICATE COURSES

SAE does not issue an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) for certificate applications. Part-time courses can only be booked for international students if they have valid entry permission.

Alternative Entry

ALTERNATE ENTRY

SAE recognise 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 you:

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

To apply via Alternative 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
  • References relating to work history relevant to the chosen field of study (if applicable)
  • A resume or Curriculum Vitae and
  • A portfolio of relevant materials that demonstrates creative aptitude, knowledge, technical skills and abilities.

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 Alternative Entry into a HE course will only be granted to students with at least a Year 10 level of schooling.

To set up an Alternative Entry Application meeting, please contact your campus.