SAE Creative Media Institute has opened the doors on Sydney’s largest, dedicated, creative-media education institute.
Located in the inner-city creative and cultural hub of Chippendale and next to Central Station, the $12 million seven-story campus has been purpose-designed to provide a modern and technically-interactive teaching and learning space where students can master their creative skills.
Features include a rooftop recreational space for students to relax and network while enjoying 360-degree skyline views across the city.
General Manager of SAE Australia, Lee Aitken, says the new campus was built to accommodate a growing demand for creative media programmes in disciplines such as audio, film, animation, games, design and web/ mobile. “The new campus has been fitted out with the best facilities and industry-standard equipment to support hands-on learning in small, class environments,” Aitken says.
“Our focus is on giving students access to the types of technology and equipment they’ll be using in the workplace, and equipping them with both the technical and soft skills needed to kickstart successful careers from day one of their studies.”
In 2014, the Australian creative industries were valued at $33 billion, and the entertainment and media market is predicted to grow to almost $40 billion by 2018. “The creative industries represent a huge employment growth opportunity for our students, particularly in areas such as interactive gaming which is Australia’s largest growing consumer sector,” Aitken says.
The SAE Sydney campus was designed by Phillips Smith Conwell, with director and principal architect Andrew Holmes charged with redesigning the 1920s ‘Berlei Building’. “The studios on the upper levels were designed with a high degree of acoustic awareness.
Interior design of SAE Sydney campus
"A chilled-beam cooling system was developed to offer silent cooling in preference to more common fan-driven systems,” Holmes says.