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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.

Practical hands-on learning

Work on projects for real clients in one of our three commercial studios, run by practitioners with years of industry experience. Our key industry links help you make critical contacts and develop networks.

  1. LiveWorm: visual communication design
  2. LiveSpace: interior environments and product development
  3. LiveImage: professional photography services

Photography students can also gain professional publishing experience through The Argus, a non-profit, student-run, visual journalism magazine.

World-class facilities

Our new creative spaces on both the South Bank and Gold Coast campuses provide cutting-edge facilities and equipment for students pursuing a fine art or design career.

3D print and laser cutting labs, microelectronics workshops, studios and flexible work spaces allow students to take their concepts from design to prototype under one roof.

Griffith University Art Museum

Located 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 organises exhibitions, educational and public programs.

QCA Galleries

Exhibitions, guest lectures and artist talks are programmed throughout the year across six QCA Galleries exhibition spaces, with exhibition opportunities available to students, staff and external exhibitors.

Scholarships

There are over 600+ scholarships available at Griffith University for academic performance, accommodation, sport, First Peoples and equity to cover university fees, living and education expenses. Scholarships are free to apply. There are a number of scholarships specific to Visual and Creative Arts students, including the $10,000 Art in Bark Bursary for commencing Fine Art students from regional areas.

Exhibitions and artist talks

Students have access to an exciting calendar of on-campus seminars, guest lectures, masterclasses and exhibitions. Learn from industry leaders in the design, fine art and photography industry.

Image: World renowned photographer Adam Ferguson engaged in a critique session with Documentary Photography students in the QCA photography studios. Adam has won numerous photography awards and was named Photographer of the Year at the Pictures of the Year International competition. His work has been published in the world’s top mastheads, including The New York Times, Time magazine, National Geographic and Vanity Fair.

Partner Institutions and collaborations

We have a strong commitment to community partnerships and internationalisation. 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.

Go Global

Through the Griffith Global Mobility program, we offer a variety of international learning experiences to enhance graduate outcomes. Eligible students can participate in programs in over 50 countries, including: trimester, summer or winter exchange; global internships; international volunteering; overseas short courses, conferences and workshops; field trips and research practicums.

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.