Exploring new creative modes, images and forms for understanding contemporary experience
The Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research (GCCAR) is a new major multi-campus Research Centre that has been established to cement the reputation of Griffith as a national leader in research across all creative disciplines.
The Centre complements the long established Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre (QCRC) at Griffith and encompasses fields such as visual arts, design, film, animation, games design and creative writing.
Guide to Queensland College of Art and Griffith Film School academic and research expertise
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.
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 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.
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.
Queensland College of Art research enquiries
Dr Laini Burton
Postgraduate Program Director