Explore your creativity at the Queensland College of Art and Design (QCAD)

Our thriving community of artists, designers and photographers are constantly pushing the boundaries of the visual and creative arts.

Study at our South Bank campus in the heart of Brisbane’s cultural precinct, or at our exciting Gold Coast campus. Collaborate with Griffith Film School students studying film and screen media, animation and games design.

Access our world-class facilities, including art galleries, exhibition spaces, studios and computer labs, and learn from some of the world’s leading creatives.

Portfolio admission

From 2024, admission to study at Queensland College of Art and Design is available via portfolio submission or ATAR/Rank.

Visual Arts and Design portfolio workshops

These workshops are tailored to those in Year 10 and above and will be held 26 & 27 June 2023 at the South Bank campus (Visual Arts and Design), or 29 & 30 June 2023 at the Gold Coast campus (Design only).

Participants choose to work in either Design or Visual Arts and over two days will: complete at least one piece of work for your creative portfolio; understand how to photograph and present your work for maximum impact, and learn how to write about your own practice and creativity.

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Opportunities for future and current students

At the Queensland College of Art and Design, we have a strong commitment to community partnerships and internationalisation. View the various opportunities available for both future students and current students at QCAD.

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QCAD Galleries

Exhibitions and galleries

Exhibitions, guest lectures and artist talks are programmed throughout the year in our six exhibition spaces, with exhibition opportunities available to students, staff and external exhibitors. Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

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Challenge your creativity

QCAD Live offers a range of creative services at a commercial rate. Whether you need an illustration, design, mural, sculpture, or print, our emerging artists, photographers, and designers will bring your vision to life under the guidance of our expert staff.

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Virtual experience

Virtually tour QCAD spaces

Explore some of our spaces and studios in 360° and experience QCAD from wherever you are, without stepping foot on campus.

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QCAD graduate showcase

View student work

Each year, we host a series of inspiring student-curated exhibitions. View and interact with graduate works and outcomes in our online graduate showcase.

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QCAD Studios

Vibrant creative spaces

Our studios provide an outstanding practical and community-building environment in which students develop creative practices in a range of disciplines.

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World rankings

Griffith is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide

Griffith University Art Museum

Based on the South Bank campus, Griffith University Art Museum is custodian of the Griffith University Art Collection, the second largest public art collection in Queensland. The Museum is committed to innovative research and experimentation to encourage appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society. The Museum organises exhibitions, educational and public programs.

Image: Reparative Aesthetics: Rosângela Rennó and Fiona Pardington exhibition installation view, Griffith University Art Museum 2016. Photography: Carl Warner.

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Featured Alumni

Tony Albert

Visual artist

Tony Albert


Tony Albert has achieved extraordinary international success since graduating from a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art.

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Megan Hess

Designer / Visual Artist

Megan Hess


Megan Hess is one of the world’s most sought after fashion illustrators with a prestigious client list that includes Vanity Fair, Chanel, Dior, Tiffany & Co., Yves Saint Laurent, Vogue, Cartier, and Balenciaga.

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Dean West


Dean West


Dean West is best known for his intricate and highly staged photographs that take everyday occurrences beyond the realm of natural reality. His commercial clients include Disney, MTV, Sony and Fox Sports.

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Michael Zavros

Visual Artist

Michael Zavros

Visual Arts

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

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Student work featured in interest area navigation images: Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art: Debbie Taylor Worley, Beyond Gavrinis, 2018; Design: ; 3D printing at the Queensland College of Art and Design; Visual Arts: Merrin Pratt, Fragment, 2018.


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