Arts, Education and Law

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

We are the largest and most diverse academic group in the University, and our presence across all five Griffith University campuses focuses on developing programs to prepare students for a changing world. We are proud to foster an environment where research intensity can flourish, with our academic community undertaking outstanding scholarship and research that makes a major contribution to society.

Professor Paul Mazerolle, Pro Vice Chancellor

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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

Pop icon

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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July 21, 2017

How an interactive article helped land a graduate position

When Taylor Toovey graduated from Griffith University this week with a Bachelor of Journalism, she received her testamur with the knowledge that she already had employment lined up. Among a range of contributing factors that set the 20-year-old up in this position was an article published by the Griffith Review earlier this year. In a […]

July 20, 2017

Study explores lives of women killed by partners

A Griffith University study on female victims killed by their intimate partners will aid researchers in identifying risk factors to help improve women’s safety.

July 20, 2017

Ochres reveal colouring of colonisation   

Griffith University's Dr Jillian Huntley is a member of the team who worked on the archaeological discovery in Kakadu.A study published today in the journal Nature, reports ground ochres among the earliest evidence for human occupation of Australia, 65,000 years ago.

July 19, 2017

Caution needed as government expands military’s role in counter-terrorism

The government’s announcement of plans to strengthen the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) role in domestic counter-terrorism operations appears to be a quick and decisive reaction to the New South Wales coroner’s report on the Lindt Café siege in 2014.

July 19, 2017

Something’s coming, something good… Queensland Conservatorium celebrates its 60th with a blockbuster production of West Side Story

Love and death. Romance and rivalry. Welcome to West Side Story, the Queensland Conservatorium’s main stage musical for 2017. The show, which turns 60 this year, headlines the Queensland Conservatorium’s 60th anniversary line-up

July 19, 2017

International Exchange for Downs Student Scientist

An early childhood relocation from Brisbane to the Darling Downs has had a pivotal influence on 21-year-old, Griffith University student Tim O’Dea. The Millmerran and Pittsworth State High School graduate has maintained numerous friendships and remains grateful for the highly supportive, community orientated upbringing he had. As a forensic science student he’s now poised for […]


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