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All SAE degrees are developed, delivered and assessed by SAE Institute. The degree is awarded and quality assured by the University of Hertfordshire. This means that the qualifications you receive upon graduation are recognised internationally.

All SAE courses have a focus on practical, hands-on delivery. The amount of practical time you experience during your studies does vary, depending on your course. You will also have opportunities to access campus resources and facilities outside of class time, during campus opening hours.

We carefully design and deliver all our units to help you develop the knowledge you need to be successful in your chosen field of study. Courses and course units at SAE follow best practice teaching and learning.

Successful creative media graduates need both practical skills and theoretical knowledge. It is important to know the “how” and the “why” of your industry. SAE courses are specifically designed to give you practical expertise and a solid theoretical foundation.

SAE Brussels has two intakes per year: January and September.

Here you can view the start dates for 2022.

Here you can view the start dates for 2023.

Upcoming Open Day details can be found on our Events page.

We propose both part-time and full-time programmes. The 2-year Bachelors are accelerated degrees. A student who decides to enroll in a Bachelors programme will need to be prepared to commit full-time to this course. We advise being prepared to commit around 35-40 hours per week to studies.

All our programmes are delivered with a blended learning approach, as per SAE Institute’s educational method. This is a mix of courses and practice in a virtual environment and on the campus.
The complete programme includes theory, practice, and assignments, as well as any other individual/group, or guided/independent work/projects.


At SAE we consider your creative potential and commitment to the Creative Industries, not just your academic history.

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For international student entry requirements click here

One of the entry requirements for our Bachelors programmes it is to have followed and completed high school studies (BAC/CESS). In case you have not completed your high school studies, please contact us at, so that our Study Advisor can contact you and evaluate your application.

You can easily start your application process, by completing our online application form here. Your application will be revised by our Study Advisor, who will contact and guide you in the next steps.

Enrolment documents do not need to be certified however, please note, at any time, you should be willing and able to provide original documents or original certified copies of supporting documentation. Failure to do so may result in your application being rejected. Requests for the provision of original or certified documentation may also involve asking the relevant tertiary admissions centres, issuing authorities or other relevant organisations for verification. For documents submitted in a language other than English or French, a translation must be provided by an accredited translator with a Government body or authorised personnel of the issuing institution.

One of the entry requirement for our programmes is a valid residence permit. We do accept international students and we support them during the Visa application. We have a 2-step application process for the international students, which you can view here.

So long as you meet the entry requirements for the course that you want to study, the Admissions team can assist you in changing your enrolment over. This needs to be done no later than your first census date.


You must withdraw prior to census date in order to be eligible for a refund of tuition fees. If you have not paid your fees and withdraw after the census date, you will incur a debt. Non-completion of studies does not normally entitle a student to any refund.

The census date is the last day you can withdraw from the selected program without incurring any financial or academic penalty. The census date is usually set at 2 weeks after the intake date.

Financial penalties will apply to students who leave their courses after the allocated census date.

Student life

This can vary depending on the campus and course. You may, for example, have a larger lecture group for common units, and a smaller tutorial group of 8-15 students. In most cases tutorial sizes average 15 – 30 students.

We always welcome feedback. Any member of SAE staff is happy to hear what you have to say and ensure that this information makes its way to the most appropriate person. Students are also welcomed to provide feedback via our student surveys and Staff-Student Consultative Committees which are held at each SAE campus. SAE students may also become members of the local student council and/or SAE Academic Board. These bodies provide students with an excellent opportunity to enhance the student life. For more information, contact your local student services team.

Yes, there is an SAE Student Store with discounts available to students who have fully enrolled.

Some of our students have part-time jobs alongside their studies. However, we would ask you to find a suitable balance to ensure this doesn’t impact your learning.

We do not offer on site accommodation for students, however please check our Student Accommodation page to find out more details of accommodation around the campuses.

My studies

Students can access campus facilities during opening hours. The SAE Brussels campus is open from Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 10 PM, and on Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM.

SAE Alumni is a network of SAE graduates. When you graduate, you will have the opportunity to join the global Alumni Association.

If you need to provide a medical certificate for any reason, please ensure that you provide this to the admin team at your campus, or send it via email to

A full-time fast-track study load is defined as 40 hours per week. Of this 40 hours you can expect 10 hours of face-to-face teaching time. The additional hours of study include collaborative work (i.e. recording sessions) and individual study time.

Facilities & Equipment

Our students have access to our campus computer labs for assessment work. Neverthless, we highly recommend having a computer or laptop to be able to better follow the program.

Our Campus is open: Weekdays: from 9 AM to 10 PM and Saturdays: from 10 AM to 6 PM.

You will use a variety of industry standard and specialised software applications relevant to your study.

Yes, there is an SAE Student Store with discounts available to students who have fully enrolled.

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SAE boasts world-class facilities and collaborative spaces geared towards the creative media industries, as well as flexible remote learning options.

Why not check SAE out for yourself and book a campus tour? When you book a campus tour, you are given an opportunity to speak to an SAE Course Advisor, who can address your needs and help answer your questions.

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