Student opportunities

QCA Live

QCA Live is the ground-breaking central hub offering platforms to redirect, challenge and rethink your creative potential. Tracks cover all Queensland College of Art interest areas and connect with other disciplines offering studio courses, work-integrated learning, professional development, real world projects, industry engagement, and mobility opportunities. Open to all Griffith students and the wider public.

Cannes International Film Festival

As part of the Griffith Film School’s Festival Program, students can travel to Cannes International Film Festival to attend events, meetings and workshops and connect with global leaders in the industry. Griffith Film School is the only Australian film school to have a student showcase at Cannes International Film Festival. 2017 marked the ninth year Griffith Film School students have been offered this invaluable opportunity.

Exhibitions and artist talks

Students have access to an exciting calendar of on-campus exhibitions, guest lectures, masterclasses and artist talks. You’ll also have unique opportunities to exhibit, screen and sell your work. Students have the opportunity to learn from industry leaders, including Hollywood Directors Gil Bettman and Mark Travis,  multi-Oscar award-winning producer, Lord David Puttnam, and Academy award-winning animator Adam Elliot at Griffith Film School.

Partner Institutions and collaborations

We have a strong commitment to community partnerships and internationalisation. QCA students can take advantage of a wide range of learning and cultural exchanges through our close ties with an increasing array of international partner institutions, including Beijing Normal University, California State University, University of Edinburgh, Shandong University of Art and Design, James Fraser University, and Korea’s KAIST Centre for Creative Entrepreneurs.


Enhance your study by completing part of your degree overseas. Opportunities include various Outgoing Exchange programs. With over 200 partner institutions in 38 countries, there's an exchange to suit every student.

Study tours and field trips

From medieval market squares and castles in Eastern Europe to the bright lights of New York – and more – studying at QCA opens up a world of opportunity. As a QCA student, you can choose to undertake an international study tour. Many study tours are for approximately three weeks. You’ll gain credit towards your degree while enjoying exciting cultural experiences and advancing your professional skills.

High school and community opportunities

The Queensland College of Art offers a range of high school programs across our Gold Coast and South Bank campuses. Arrange a personalised campus tour, attend one of our workshops, or come along to an Experience Day. We also offer alternate pathway programs for students to start studying with us sooner.

Experience days: Year 10–12 students

Experience days allow you to get a taste of University life. Meet lecturers and staff from your specific area of interest, as well as like-minded students from other schools.

Contact Trudy Jensen (QCA Gold Coast campus) or Dawn Hendrick (QCA South Bank campus) for more information.

GUESTS program for high school students

The GUESTS program offers the opportunity for motivated senior high school students to sample university life by studying a single course at university while still at school.

Find out more on the GUESTS website

Unireach program for Year 12 students

The UniReach program aims to give students at selected Brisbane and Gold Coast secondary schools assistance in improving their academic performance in order to gain entry to Griffith.

Students are selected with the support of principals, teachers and guidance officers.

Find out more about Uni-Reachon their website

Support for school teachers

We offer support, networking opportunities and professional development for teachers, with a focus on design and photography subjects. Our Professional Development days are engaging, informative and interactive. A certificate of participation is awarded to each teacher as evidence of their professional development.

Contact Trudy Jensen (QCA Gold Coast campus) or Dawn Hendrick (QCA South Bank campus) for more information about future professional development days.

Campus tours and school visits

We can arrange for our staff, lecturers or current students to come out to your school and talk to students, highlighting our different areas of study.

We can also arrange a broad presentation on careers and pathways into Griffith.

Alternatively, campus tours are a fantastic way of giving students a hands-on experience at the Queensland College of Art.

You can arrange a visit at any one of our campuses, take a tour of our new and exciting teaching and research facilities, and meet with our expert lecturers.

Contact Trudy Jensen (QCA Gold Coast campus) or Dawn Hendrick (QCA South Bank campus) for more information.

Creative short courses

Our Creative Short Courses program welcomes the general public to learn and practice art in the same friendly and dedicated environment our students enjoy. There are no prerequisites and courses are open to students of all levels of skill and experience. Courses suit those contemplating a degree or new career; those furthering their amateur practice or seeking professional development opportunities; or those interested in updating and broadening their skills.

Most creative short courses are non-accredited courses, so students will not be assessed or receive credit towards an accredited program.

Contact Trudy Jensen ( QCA Gold Coast campus) or Dawn Hendrick ( QCA South Bank campus) for more information.

Support for high school students

If you’re finishing high school and are ready to transition to university, we can help.