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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Latest news

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September 19, 2017

Fulbright fellow creates art for the digital age

As a Fulbright fellow, Dr Jason Nelson has joined the ranks of Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners and heads of state. The American-born Queensland College of Art  digital art lecturer undertook his fellowship at the University of Bergen in Norway.

September 15, 2017

Citations honour outstanding Griffith teachers

The 2017 Australian Awards for University Teaching, Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, have been announced by Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training.  

September 14, 2017

Early Career Research Award for criminology academic

Researching Queensland's policing procedures has proved arresting for Griffith's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice lecturer Dr Elise Sargeant.

September 13, 2017

Art lecturer wins People’s Choice Award

Queensland College of Art  lecturer Dr Julie Fragar has won the $15,000 Ramsay Art Prize People’s Choice Award. The biennial art award recognises Australian contemporary artists under 40 working across any medium.  Dr Fragar's oil painting, Goose Chase: All of Us Together Here and Nowhere, won the popular prize and has been acquired by the Art Gallery of South Australia.

September 11, 2017

Griffith musicians powering Opera on the Beach

Students from the Queensland Conservatorium are the musical powerhouse behind this year’s Griffith Opera on the Beach, to be presented by Opera Australia. The talented students make up 80% of the orchestra - providing a lush musical backdrop for the spectacular open-air production of Verdi’s Aida.

September 06, 2017

New faces added to Griffith line-up for second round of Uni 7s

Griffith players are set for round two of the Aon Uni 7s Series this weekend.The Griffith squad to contest the second round of the Aon Uni 7s Series this weekend features a number of new names including Sevens rookie Ellen Field. The Bachelor of Exercise Science student at the Gold Coast campus had not played the sport before Griffith’s recruitment push for the inaugural Uni 7s series captured her […]


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