AD Education acquires SAE Institute in Europe

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AD Education acquires SAE Institute in Europe


The AD Education Group has acquired SAE Institute Europe, previously part of the Navitas Group. AD Education (ADE) is a leading private higher education provider for creative professions in Europe and was founded in France in 2009. Prior to this acquisition, the ADE network of schools was established broadly in four European countries – France, Germany, Italy and Spain. 


SAE Europe comprises 22 SAE campuses across Europe in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. SAE locations outside of Europe remain part of the Navitas Group with the SAE Institute global brand now being jointly owned by AD Education and the Navitas Group. 


Together, SAE Europe and AD Education will provide creative programmes to over 29,000 students across Europe. 


“We warmly welcome SAE Institute Europe to the AD Education Group. Together we want to combine know-how in order to continue to carry out demanding academic projects on our developing schools in Europe. We share common values ​​that are anchored in our DNA. We place artistic creation and innovation at the heart of our teaching concepts, courses and schools to prepare our future graduates in the best possible way to prepare for entry into the workforce. We look forward to working with the SAE team Institute Europe and are looking forward to growing the AD Education Group together.”

Kevin Guenegan, President AD Education


“We are delighted to become part of the AD Education Group. This marks the start of an exciting new chapter, bringing together two experts in creative media education, with strong student-centric values who share the same ambition of creativity and innovation through delivery of higher education creative arts, media and digital programmes.
Steffan Davies, Managing Director, SAE UK South West Europe 

About SAE Institute

SAE Institute was founded in Australia in 1976 and is a globally operating higher education provider focused on creating a talent pipeline for the creative media industries. The SAE network of campuses spans over 28 countries on 6 continents with more than 54 campuses. SAE Institute in Europe is Part of the AD Education group of companies. Locations outside Europe are part of the Navitas education group. 


Across the UK South West region, SAE has campuses in Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Brussels, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Madrid, Milan, and Paris. Students study industry focused Creative Media Degrees, Diplomas and short courses across seven subject areas – Audio, Film, Game Art Animation, Games Programming, Music Business, Web Development, and Content Creation & Online Marketing. Students have access to industry-grade facilities, expert staff and nurturing campus environments. 

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About AD Education

AD Education (ADE) was founded in 2009 by Kévin Guenegan after taking over the École de Condé and is Europe’s leading private higher education provider for creative professions. The network includes 18 Schools at 68 locations in 10 European countries. The ADE network trains 29,000 students in the fields of animation, audiovisual media, design, games, gemmology, communication, culture or music. AD Education operates under the École de Condé, ECV – Creative Schools & community, IAAD, Accademia Italiana, CEV, ESP – École Supérieure de Publicité, ESD – École Supérieure du Digital, ECV Digital, EAC, Institut National de Gemmologie – ING, École Supérieure du Parfum, CES, HMKW, Barreira

Arte+Desiño, IMAAT, SAE Institute Europe, Asfored-Edinovo, ISCOD and Visiplus Academy. Further Information at 

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