85-87 Portman Street Kinning Park Glasgow G41 1EJ T: +44 (0)141 429 1551 E: Follow Glasgow campus
glasgow campus
About the Campus

Welcome to Scotland's treasured creative gem

Situated in Kinning Park, SAE Glasgow is about a mile west of the city centre and close to the headquarters of BBC Scotland and Scottish Television.

The Glasgow campus opened in 1990 and has since established itself as a premier training facility for audio and digital filmmaking creatives, with a strong reputation in the industry. Our campus is bursting with creative talent nurtured by a committed team of academic staff, supervisors and administrators who are here to offer one-to-one support and coaching. SAE courses are highly practical, so from day one you’ll be in the custom-built studios enjoying hands-on access to industry standard facilities and equipment.

You’ll be welcomed into a close-knit family where you’ll be offered all the support and friendship you need for your two-year creative journey - and beyond.

Campus Academic Coordinator:

Mr Nick Roan

Download campus guide

Enquire Now

The Annexe

Boasting a custom built classroom equipped with brand new computers, the building also houses a large room that is used for SAE extra events that run in the evening.

This main room can also be divided into two separate working spaces via a folding wall, which means that it is adaptable to the needs of students and staff. On top of this, the annexe also provides students with a much improved kitchen area that allows them to eat and socialise in a fantastic new space.

Live Lounge
The Annexe is also used for the Glasgow Live Lounge.

About the Area

UNESCO city of music, Glasgow hosts 130 music events every week, creating a stellar list of nights out and a constant need for creative professionals.

A world top 20 destination for 2016 thanks to its thriving arts and music scene*, Scotland’s largest city is full to the brim with creative and digital media businesses. There are opportunities for work experience and placements among internationally renowned performing arts companies such as National Theatre of Scotland, and within the growing community of design and production small businesses and start-ups.  

Glasgow is a city of beautiful architecture, vibrant nightlife and well known for its friendly people. You will be spoiled for choice, whether you're interested in shopping, sightseeing or entertainment with an wide selection of shops, restaurants, pubs, galleries and art centres, to make your student life even more varied.

*National Geographic Traveller Magazine - 2016 Best of the World list


Download Local Info Guide


Elective modules allow you to specialise in an area of interest to you. In addition to your planned programme of study, you are given the opportunity to choose one elective module in Trimester 3 and one elective module in Trimester 5 of your degree course.

Elective modules available Sept 2019 - Sept 2020*

  Course Option 1   Option 2   Option 3

Audio Production
Trimester 3

Creative Production   Electronic Music Production   Live Sound

Audio Production
Trimester 5

Advanced Specialised Project   Industry Engagement (30 credits)   Film Sound

Digital Film Production
Trimester 3

Creative Production   Short Film Production    

Digital Film Production
Trimester 5

Advanced Specialised Project   Industry Engagement (30 credits)   Writing for the Screen

* Elective module availability is agreed in August of each year. Availability may be subject to change for the following reasons:

  • In response to feedback and review processes – to ensure we continually improve our programmes.
  • Demand – to ensure the number of students is sufficient to deliver an excellent learning and teaching experience.
  • Currency and relevance – to ensure the elective modules on offer are up-to-date and reflect the fast pace of change in the Creative Media sector.   

SAE will strive to ensure that any impact on students and applicants is limited if such changes occur.


SAE Institute, which is located in the south side of Glasgow, is easily accessible as its near Kinning Park subway.




From Union St 9/9A/10 towards south side (5 stops, 15 min), get off at Stanley St after Paisley Rd Toll, walk to SAE (about 4 min).

From St Enoch station to Kinning Park (10 min), then walk to SAE (7 min).



Looking for private student accommodation can be a daunting process, especially if you are new to the city, or even to the UK.

To give you a helping hand, our Student's Guide to Private Accommodation is packed full of essential information, covering all the main questions and issues that people face when looking for accommodation.

Join our Student Accommodation Facebook group




As Scotland’s biggest and most cosmopolitan city, demand for student housing in Glasgow is heavy – so start looking early!

SpareRoom, Rightmove and Glasgow Pad are great places to begin your house hunt and get a feel for what’s available. SAE also has its own Facebook group page, designed to help students connect with potential flatmates.

Alternatively, you can also contact lettings agents directly. To help you, we’ve put a list together of agents in Glasgow. 
NB: This isn’t a full list of Glasgow agencies, just some used by students.   

*Ensure that the letting agent you use is following the code of practice of the national Association of estate Agents.


SAE does not have its own halls of residence; however, there are private housing companies in Glasgow offering purpose built student accommodation. These include: 

Government – housing and local services
Student housing guide
Citizens Advice
National Union of Students (NUS)  
TV licensing for students
The Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA)
The National Approved Lettings Scheme
The National Association of Estate Agents