Course Entry Requirements

At SAE we consider your creative potential and commitment to the Creative Industries, not just your academic history. This is why you don't need a minimum grade score to study with us.

Domestic entry requirements


SAE will recognise your prior learning and may grant credit towards satisfying the requirements for a bachelor’s course. This is applied where previous learning is considered equivalent to the content and learning outcomes prescribed for units within the course. For full details, please contact us by email ( with full CV and your portfolio.

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Whatever your age, your work and life experience count when it comes to entry at SAE. We will consider all your qualifications, studies, employment, and professional experience when you apply to study with us.

Our Experience-Based Entry Scheme allows you to be considered for entry to any course based on our assessment of your ability to succeed in higher education.

Experience-Based Entry Criteria

SAE will consider your experience-based entry application if you:

  • Are at least 21 years of age (or turning 21 during your first year of study); and
  • Do not have the formal qualifications required for direct entry (for example no Year 12 certificate and no TAFE qualifications); and
  • Seek admission to a course based on your aptitude for higher learning and skills development through your professional, work, and life experiences, and non-accredited study
  • Have achieved a minimum Year 10 level of schooling.

Experience-Based Entry Process

To apply via the Experience-Based Entry pathway, students are required to undertake an interview with SAE and provide supporting evidence that may include:

  • Records of any formal educational qualifications attained
  • Evidence of any informal studies undertaken
  • References relating to work history relevant to the chosen field of study (if applicable)
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • A cover letter
  • A portfolio/examples of relevant materials that may demonstrate qualities like creative aptitude or experience in a creative industries field.

Candidates may also be asked to undertake a numeracy and literacy exam or written assignment.

How to start your application

Simply contact us by email to schedule your first online interview to discuss you background and experience:

Are you an International Applicant? Feel free to contact us by email and schedule your online interview to discuss your visa options.

Unsure if you meet the entry requirements?

Talk to an SAE Course Advisor who can help you.