SAE Institute signs articulation agreement with Raffles Design Institute, Riyadh

Two-year articulation agreement signed with Raffles Design Institute, Riyadh providing college graduates with the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree at SAE Institute in Dubai

28th January 2019, Dubai, UAESAE, the world’s leading educator in creative media fields today announced its partnership with Raffles Design Institute in Riyadh, one of 22 internationally standardized branches around the world, for a transfer articulation agreement for students who have successfully completed an Advanced Diploma in Visual communication, Interior Design, or Jewellery Design.

Under the agreement, graduate students at Raffles Design Institute who meet the admission requirements will receive guaranteed credit towards their Bachelor of Design or Animation Degree at the SAE Institute campus in Dubai. The agreement ensures that graduates will be able to transfer credits to SAE Institute, where they can take the next step in their educational journey.

Tasnim Al Terkait, Academic Director at SAE Institute Dubai commented, “We are excited to collaborate with Raffles Design Institute, Riyadh to provide select graduates with the opportunity to earn an accredited bachelor’s degree in Design or Animation in an Institute that has more than thirteen years of providing unique creative media education in the region. The GCC region’s creative media industry is budding and such collaborations are needed to support this growing market and to establish the importance of design in the region.”

Current trends and reports show that the most sought-after degrees in 2019-2023 will be those in the creative fields, and the most sought-after skills will be soft skills. Animation, audio, design, film and games development are some examples of creative fields, with more and more companies in the market looking for qualified professionals with this expertise.

A recent report by CISAC states that Africa and the Middle East are a rising market for cultural and creative sectors, generating roughly US$58 billion in revenues. It is further estimated that creative industries are growing at more than 10% a year in the Middle East.

Recent research shows that the design sector is becoming increasingly lucrative and important for the UAE economy, especially during the years leading to Expo 2020 Dubai. According to The MENA Design Outlook report conducted by Deloitte, projections for the UAE design market is expected to reach Dhs135bn by 2019-2020.

Saudi Arabia accounts for almost one third (32%) of the total GCC interior design market spend, some SR11.25 billion of a total SR35.6 billion, according to a recent Ventures report commissioned by INDEX Saudi, which is the country’s leading interior design, fit-out and architecture event.

“We share a mutual commitment to student success, and this agreement further strengthens our long-standing partnership with SAE Institute and underlines our dedication to provide the best options for students to receive the highest quality academic programs in design. For graduates to enter the creative industry, they should be able to showcase a high-quality portfolio, network extensively with professionals, participate in industry events and stay attuned to the pulse of the market. Partnerships like this give a solid platform for students to be active and make the most of opportunities,” added Hala E. Halwani, Institute Director at Raffles Design Institute, Riyadh.

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About SAE:

Since its establishment in 2005, SAE Dubai has been bringing expert training and education in the fields of new media to aspiring creative individuals across the Middle East. Established first in Australia in 1976, the early success of SAE and the demand for its practical, theory-based and industry relevant training quickly led to the establishment of other campuses nationwide. From humble beginnings in a studio in Sydney, SAE today spans the globe with 51 campuses in 25 countries. In the Middle East, the Institute works closely with industry professionals, employs specialist teachers with real-world experience, and delivers personalised education in world-class facilities.

SAE Dubai proudly offers Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) accredited Bachelor’s Degrees across five disciplines – Animation, Audio, Design, Film and Games, in addition to short course certificates.

SAE prides itself on delivering exceptional programs in world-class facilities. It ensures students receive an outstanding education, internationally recognised qualifications, and industry-relevant skills in order to develop a competitive edge. All degree programs follow the founding principles of SAE – high quality, industry-focused, practical and theoretical education options for creative and talented individuals.

About Raffles Design Institute, Riyadh:

Raffles Education Corporation Limited (“RafflesEducation” or “the Group”) is the Premier Education Group. Since establishing its first college in Singapore in 1990, the Group has grown to operate 25 colleges/universities in 23 cities across 13 countries in Asia-Pacific and Europe: Australia, Cambodia, The People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and Thailand.

More than 20,000 students enrolled in Raffles Education’s tertiary programmes benefit from a quality education that provides graduates with a well-rounded hands-on experience that is relevant to the industry.

Raffles Design Institute, Riyadh is an exciting joint venture between Raffles Education Corporation Limited, the largest private education provider in Asia-Pacific, and Al-Tamkeen Company. Opening in 2014, Raffles Design Institute is a female only institute that offers an internationally-recognized Advanced Diploma to a new generation of creatives in Saudi Arabia, and one that is locally recognized to the Technical Vocational and Training Corporation (TVTC). As of 2019, the Institute is also offering a Bachelor’s Degree which requires only one additional year of study after completing the Advanced Diploma.