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About the Campus

Immerse yourself in the creative capital

SAE London is a busy cosmopolitan campus situated in East London between Hackney and Shoreditch. The two campus buildings are SAE House and Bankstock Studios, which are just a short and picturesque canal walk apart.

Bankstock Studios has 9 studios, 4 live rooms and a drum booth all in one building. For more information click here.

You’ll never be bored in London: from grabbing coffee in a hipster café with your friends, to enjoying your favourite artists as they play in some of the quirkiest venues in the city, there’s always something to do. London has over 100 cinemas where you can enjoy the latest blockbusters and indie films, and over 170 museums where you can take inspiration for your next script or video game concept.

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About the Area

London leads the world with its award-winning creative industries and is a truly cosmopolitan city offering inspiration and opportunities to all that live and work here.

London has the largest volume of digital technology companies in the UK with over a quarter of a million people employed at multinationals like Google and Amazon, and in the countless ‘Tech City’ startups housed in entrepreneurial co-working spaces such the Trampery, TechHub and White Bear Yard. London’s year-round programme of events and exhibitions drives a never-ending need for skilled creative professionals.

There are few cities in the world where music production, media production,  digital technology, culture and business are in such thriving concentration. London is one of these. London is home to countless recording studios, some of them world famous such as Abbey Road and Air Studios. Movies, documentaries, ads and music videos are produced and shot in London. It is an economic hub with businesses supporting a vast media production infrastructure.

Apart from directly providing wide ranging employment opportunities, having such a concentration of creative and digital companies on our doorstep allows SAE to have strong links with the industry and to regularly invite industry professionals for guest lectures. London is also an exciting city to live in. Its cultural diversity is unique and is also reflected in the student body at SAE. It offers an extremely wide variety of cultural activities, ranging from live concerts, musicals and theatre to museums and galleries.

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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

Game Art Animation
Trimester 3

Creative Production   Character Asset Development   Environment Asset Development

Game Art Animation
Trimester 5

Advanced Specialised Project   Industry Engagement (30 credits)   Advanced Character Creation

Games Programming
Trimester 3

Creative Production   Advanced Artificial Intelligence    

Games Programming
Trimester 5

Advanced Specialised Project   Industry Engagement (30 credits)   Human Computer Interaction

Music Business
Trimester 3

Creative Production   Electronic Music Production    

Music Business
Trimester 5

Advanced Specialised Project   Industry Engagement (30 credits)   Recording Management

Visual Effects Animation
Trimester 3

Creative Production   Advanced Compositing and Motion Graphics Applications    

Visual Effects Animation
Trimester 5

Advanced Specialised Project   Industry Engagement (30 credits)   Advanced Character Creation

Web Development
Trimester 3

Creative Production   Web Applications    

Web Development
Trimester 5

Advanced Specialised Project   Industry Engagement (30 credits)   Native Mobile Development

* 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.


Getting around London on public transport is easy. Buses, trains and river services operate throughout the city, suburbs and beyond.

Visit Transport for London for ticketing and timetable information, or to plan your journey. 



SAE Institute London has no onsite parking. If you are using a GPS, the postcode E8 4DD will bring you right to our door.


The 149 and 242 service operate on a 24 hour basis and run frequently. You can also use the 243 and 67. The closest stop to our campus is Downham Road/Haggerston Station.


The nearest tube station is Old Street on the Northern Line or Liverpool Street on the Central Line. From there you can catch the bus to the DownhamRoad/Haggerston Station stop.


Haggerston Station is a 3 minute walk from campus.

Get an Oyster Card

An Oyster card is the smartest, fastest and most cost-effective method for paying for public transport in London. It allows travel across Bus, Tube, DLR, Tram, Thames Clippers, Emirates Airlines and National Rail service. For more information visit the Oyster Card website.


Santander Cycles are a cheap, healthy and scenic way to get around London on a dry day. 



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.

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London has plenty of properties on offer, however being the British capital there are lots of people waiting to rent them. Competition can be fierce, so we recommend you start your search early.

SpareRoom, Rightmove and Gumtree 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.

*Ensure that any 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 near the London offering purpose built student accommodation. Some include:

IQ Student Accommodation
Cass and Claredale
London Nest

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