Artwork: Kellie O'Dempsey. Photo:  Silvia Forni

Exploring new creative modes, images and forms for understanding contemporary experience

Becoming a research candidate at the Queensland College of Art gives you the opportunity to work beside some of the best creative arts researchers in the country. Our researchers have access to exhibitions and exhibition spaces, grants, resources, training, scholarships, awards, and many other opportunities.

Griffith Research

Griffith is one of Australia’s leading research universities

Research degrees

Find all you need to know about research study at Griffith, from degrees to scholarships, and how to apply. The Griffith Graduate Research School also offers a range of opportunities to enhance your graduate experience.

Undertaking A Higher Degree By Research

Identifying HDR supervisors

Applicants are expected to identify at least two possible supervisors in their application for admission.

You may wish to contact the Queensland College of Art HDR Convenor Dr Laini Burton for advice on enrolment and potential supervisors.

HDR scholarships

We offer a range of generous scholarship programs that can cover tuition fees, living allowances paid as stipends, relocation and publication assistance. Scholarships are offered to domestic and international doctorate or masters by research applicants in two competitive application rounds each year.

Learn more about HDR scholarships

Student resources

Griffith Graduate Research School ( GGRS ) is a dedicated point of contact for all higher degree research candidates at the University. GGRS works in collaboration with Academic Groups, Research Centres and Institutes to create a rewarding and supportive research environment for HDR candidates.

Learn more about Griffith Graduate Research School

Griffith Experts

Guide to Queensland College of Art and Griffith Film School academic and research expertise

Research and postgraduate study

Whether you're beginning your research study or continuing at a higher level, our degrees provide a unique opportunity to follow a specific interest in a particular research area.

The PhD is Griffith’s premier research training degree. It is awarded for a thesis (or a series of published papers), drafted under supervision, which makes an original, significant, and extensive contribution to knowledge and understanding in your field of study.

This degree can offer you formal recognition for your work if you are an established researcher and do not already hold a doctoral level qualification.

This professional development degree will help you extend your studio research and practice and make original conceptual advancements in your discipline. Gain research skills and the ability to articulate a theoretical position within a visual arts discourse.

Specialist Masters by Research

These specialist degrees combine coursework with professional and/or artistic practice.

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificates provide graduates from all professional disciplines with a solid understanding of their choses visual arts field. They provide a comprehensive foundation for future postgraduate study. At the completion of a Graduate Certificate, artists, photographers, designers and filmmakers emerge with a richness of experience and cross-disciplinary skills.

Graduate Diplomas

This program is designed to provide graduates in the visual arts discipline with the opportunity to undertake advanced study in research methodology and to undertake supervised research work in the discipline area appropriate to their research trajectory.

Research study abroad

International students currently enrolled in a research degree in a university overseas may undertake a research project at Griffith University for one to three semesters, under the research study abroad program.

You’ll be able to study in any research area, provided supervision and resources are available. Credit gained at Griffith is transferred toward the degree at your home institution, with that institution’s agreement.

Learn more about research study abroad

Research contacts

Queensland College of Art research enquiries

Dr Laini Burton

HDR Convenor

+61 7 373 53186

Griffith Graduate Research School (GGRS)

HDR admission, candidature or scholarships

Free call: 1800 303 603 (within Australia)

+61 7 373 53817