SAE UK coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

07 Jul 2020

SAE UK is re-opening with COVID safety measures in place

We are getting ready to welcome you to what will be a great new academic year in 2020/21. Our dedicated lecturers and support staff are working hard to give you the best possible higher education experience.

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff continues to be our highest priority as rules around social distancing are eased. 

Frequently asked questions are listed below and are updated as and when necessary, but if you have further questions or issues you would like to raise, please contact us:


Telephone: 03330-112-315

Book a 1:1 video call:


Will I be able to start my degree programme in September 2020?

Yes. All degree programmes planned to commence in September 2020 will start teaching from week commencing 14 September, subject to sufficient numbers for smaller programmes. SAE UK has no plans to delay the start of the new academic year.

Will I be able to access campus and facilities?

All SAE UK campuses started a phased reopening during July 2020. It is SAE's intention that all UK campuses will be fully open to new students from induction week (7 September 2020), and that there will be access to equipment and facilities, subject to social distancing requirements and advance booking.

Will I be taught face to face?

SAE has a blended approach to learning. This means that student learning will take place both on campus and online; both in scheduled sessions with lecturers, and with work for you to complete in your own time. We believe that a blended approach is the right approach to learning: 

  • Practical classes and some tutorials will be held on campus to ensure hands-on access to equipment
  • Online materials are available to help you learn at your own pace, any place 
  • Theory is delivered via online lectures to keep group sizes safe
  • You will have contact time with expert lecturers in small groups to apply your learning 

A blended learning approach also gives you as much access to our amazing facilities and equipment as possible, while also maintaining preparedness in case there is a second wave of COVID-19. Once you have been cleared to use studio equipment independently, you can book studio time and use the facilities such as PC/Mac Labs in and around timetabled lessons.

You will be given work to do online in advance of seminars/classes - this might include videos to watch/articles to read, allowing you to learn at your own pace, and from any place. It’s essential that you complete this work before class, or you might not be able to participate and will risk falling behind. All guided learning will be organised through the Campus Online portal, which you will be given access to and shown how to use as part of enrolment and induction.  

How has SAE reacted to coronavirus? 

SAE UK is reopening its physical campuses to staff and students in a phased way with most campuses open to selected students from mid-July, with a view to welcoming back all current students and new ones from September 2020.

Face coverings and PPE

Our campuses can be busy places, so you may want to wear a face covering while you’re here, for times when social distancing isn’t possible. There will be disposable face masks and gloves available on campus too.

Face coverings are compulsory in enclosed studio areas and these will be supplied. 

How will coronavirus impact my application to study at SAE?

SAE UK is still recruiting for September 2020 and beyond, so despite the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus), you should still apply to kickstart your creative future with SAE! 

We understand for many that exams will be affected this year and you may be concerned about how this could impact your place on a higher education programme at SAE. Please don’t worry - we are making every effort to ensure you are not negatively impacted and we will be using maximum flexibility. 

When should I apply for student finance?

Student Finance is accepting applications in the normal way, but the sooner you can get your finance sorted the better. Apply online at

Can I come onto campus for a tour?

Campus tours will be re-starting again on campus soon. To book yours, contact a member of our student recruitment team on 03330-112-315. Alternatively, our virtual campus tours are available all of the time at

I have already applied. How will I be updated about my course and any changes?

SAE UK is making every reasonable effort to ensure there will be as little disruption as possible to the studies students joining in September 2020 and we commit to keeping you informed via email if there are any material changes to the offer.