Arts, Education and Law

The AEL group encompasses creative and performing arts, education, law, criminology, social science and humanities

Our presence across all five Griffith University campuses focuses on developing programs to prepare students for a changing world, as well as creating an environment where research intensity can flourish.

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Explore our Arts, Education and Law programs and courses

Arts, Education and Law Research

Our Arts, Education and Law researchers undertake outstanding scholarship and ground-breaking research that makes major contributions to society. Their work supports social change and development across the world. Professor Paul Taçon is leading a national campaign to save Australia's rock art, which has been dated back to 39,000 years ago.

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Griffith expert

Teaching excellence

The AEL group has Australia's best teachers

Our teachers have won more Australian Government awards, citations, fellowships and grants than any other university, including two Arts, Education and Law staff being named Australian University Teacher of the Year.

Associate Professor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet

Through her work in the development of innovative practices and community engagement initiatives in music learning and teaching, Associate Professor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet was named the 2014 University Teacher of the Year.

Find out more about ocial change through music

Associate Professor Halim Rane

Associate Professor Halim Rane developed the University's unique suite of Islamic Studies with a contemporary, secular focus on Islam-West relations. He is Griffith's third recipient of the prestigious Australian University Teacher of the Year award, acknowledging the quality teaching and outstanding contributions made to student learning at Griffith.

Find out more about a new approach to Islam-West relations

World rankings

Griffith is ranked in the top 3% of universities worldwide

Remarkable alumni

Queensland Conservatorium graduate, renowned vocalist and composer Katie Noonan is synonymous with Australian music. Explore some of our remarkable Arts, Education and Law Alumni.

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Katie Noonan

Featured Alumni from Arts, Education and Law

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Global shaper

Chris Eigeland

Law / Arts

Chris Eigeland is a serial entrepreneur, international lawyer and was Australia’s Youth Representative to the United Nations for 2016.

Dami Im singing on stage

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Dami Im


Queensland Conservatorium graduate Dami Im has soared to international fame and is one of Australia’s most iconic pop idols.

Michael Zavros

Award-winning artist

Michael Zavros

Visual and Creative Arts

Winning prestigious art awards and exhibiting in art museums across the world, Michael Zavros is living the dream of a successful visual artist.

Rebecca Johnson

Educator extraordinaire

Rebecca Johnson


Primary school science teacher Rebecca Johnson has published over 80 educational books and has won national awards for curriculum design.

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Latest news

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May 17, 2017

Mastering the art of film

Griffith Film School is throwing open its doors to the public this month for a blockbuster Masters showcase. Film buffs can enjoy a series of free workshops and panel discussions, including a directing masterclass with renowned US filmmaker and educator Mark Travis. Mark has directed several features, and acted as a creative consultant on films […]

May 17, 2017

Griffith student provides dowry Insight

Business student Naseema and husband Mohamed were married on the Gold Coast.Griffith University business student Naseema Mustapha has featured on the panel of SBS show Insight to discuss dowry customs in cultural weddings. Naseema talked about her own dowry experiences around her 2017 Gold Coast wedding to husband Mohamed.

May 16, 2017

From little things big things grow

Starring the best emerging acts from the Queensland Conservatorium Bachelor of Popular Music program, the launch will feature a performance from Tesla Cøils, who were named Breakout Artist of the Year at the Gold Coast Music Awards.

May 15, 2017

Opera grads hitting a high note

Queensland Conservatorium graduate Kang Wang will show the world his tenor talents when he represents Australia at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition next month.

May 15, 2017

Photography graduate chases stories in Cambodia

QCA Photography graduate Eliah LillisRecent Queensland College of Art (QCA) graduate Eliah Lillis is living the dream, working as a photographer at Cambodia’s only international award-winning newspaper, The Phnom Penh Post. Eliah graduated from QCA in 2016 with a Photography degree majoring in Photojournalism and Photographic Artistic Practice. This latest opportunity at The Phnom Penh Post arose after travelling […]

May 15, 2017

Queensland College of Art Director Message – May 2017

Derrick Cherrie, Director Queensland College of Art2017 has begun extraordinarily well. It's a pleasure to recognise and celebrate the successes of our QCA students, graduates and staff in the May 2017 edition of the QCA newsletter.


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