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SAE Institute Acquires Ex’pression College in California

Ex’pression College’s campus in Emeryville, Calif.

Global education services provider Navitas Limited announces that it has entered into a sale and purchase agreement to acquire 100 percent of Ex’pression College digital arts college in the San Francisco Bay Area. Navitas states that Ex’pression College will become a part of SAE Institute, Navitas’ creative media education division.

The Ex’pression/SAE deal closed on or about July 1, 2014, with Ex’pression’s Emeryville and San Jose campuses joining New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nashville, Chicago, Miami and Atlanta.

SAE operates 53 creative media colleges in 27 countries around the world, including seven major cities in the U.S.

“The Ex’pression acquisition will support SAE’s planned growth in the key United States market, doubling the number of colleges in the state of California to four and allowing SAE to utilize existing accreditation to offer a wider array of programs in that state,” says Scott McKinley, president of SAE Institute USA.

Founded in 1998, Ex’pression College offers bachelor’s degree programs at campuses in Emeryville and San Jose. Ex’pression College’s six bachelor’s degree programs (Sound Arts, Interactive Audio, Animation & Visual Effects, Motion Graphic Design, Game Art & Design and Digital Filmmaking) align with SAE’s existing global curriculum portfolio, which includes animation, game development, audio engineering and digital filmmaking.

Ex’pression College currently has approximately 550 full-time students, and has access to Title IV Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) funding.

“We are excited to be able to offer both SAE and Ex’pression College students more opportunities through this partnership, which will leverage the best of both organizations,” says Rod Jones, Group CEO of Navitas. “Bringing SAE and Ex’pression together will provide the combined organization with a significantly expanded footprint in the key California market, and will help facilitate the ongoing accreditation process to increase the number of SAE courses and qualifications in that state as well as across the United States.”

Dan Levinson, CEO of Ex’pression College, says he believes that the partnership with SAE represents a great opportunity to introduce Ex’pression’s creative media programs to a national audience of potential students.

“I look forward to a positive synthesis of our two colleges, which share a common strategic vision, concern for the students, and a passion for creativity,” says Levinson.

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