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Derrick Cherrie
Queensland College of Art

Prof Derrick Cherrie

Professor Cherrie has been the QCA Director since May 2015. He is among the leading contemporary artists in New Zealand and has exhibited his work throughout the country. His sculptural work is both imaginative and innovative in its ability to connect the built environment to the human body.

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Dominique Falla
Deputy Director
Learning and Teaching

Assoc. Prof Dominique Falla

Associate Professor Dominique Falla is known as the “Tactile Typographer” due to the specific nature of her art practice. She has presented at national and international creativity, design, type and lettering conferences and is also the founder at Typism, a global type and lettering community.

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Susan Best

Prof Susan Best

Professor Susan Best is an art historian with expertise in critical theory and modern and contemporary art. Her third book, Reparative Aesthetics: Witnessing in Contemporary Art Photography (Bloomsbury 2016), offers a new way of thinking about the role of politically engaged art.

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Herman van Eyken
Head of Griffith Film School

Prof Herman van Eyken

Herman van Eyken has a background in scriptwriting, producing and directing. He has directed more than 190 films – shortlisted within international film festivals such as Cannes, New York, Montreal and Vienna. His research interests lay in the area of film policies, cross cultural collaboration and film training needs for professionals.

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Trish FitzSimons
Deputy Head of Griffith Film School

Prof Trish FitzSimons

Trish FitzSimons is a documentary film-maker with research interests in documentary history, theory and policy and screen distribution. Much of her media work has explored historical themes. Her recent creative research project entitled Time and Tide: The Life of Norman Creek included developing an exhibition on this theme with the Museum of Brisbane.

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Professor Derrick Cherrie

Deputy Directors

Associate Professor Dominique Falla (Deputy Director, Teaching and Learning)
Professor Susan Best (Director, Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research)
Professor Herman van Eyken (Head of Griffith Film School)
Professor Trish FitzSimons (Deputy Head of Griffith Film School)

Research and Postgraduate

Professor Susan Best (Deputy Director, Postgrad & Research, and Director GCCAR )
Dr Laini Burton ( HDR Postgraduate Program Director)
Ms Michelle Douglas (Program Director, Master of Design)
Associate Professor Elisabeth Findlay (Program Director, MAVA)
Mr Seth Ellis (Program Director, Master of Interactive Media)
Dr Peter Hegedus (Postgrad & Research Program Director, Film & Screen Media)
Dr Lorraine Marshalsey (Honours Program Director)
Associate Professor Donna Leslie

Fine Art and Art Theory

Dr Bill Platz (Program Director, Fine Art)
Associate Professor Elisabeth Findlay (Program Director, MAVA)
Associate Professor Rosemary Hawker
Dr Julie Fragar
Dr Tim Mosely
Dr Laini Burton
Dr Chari Larsson
Dr Elizabeth Shaw
Ms Catherine Large
Ms Justene Williams
Mr Hany Armonious

Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art

Dr Bianca Beetson (Program Director, Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art)


Dr Heather Faulkner (Program Director, Photography)
Professor Jay Younger
Ms Amy Carkeek
Mr Martin Smith
Mr Peter Thiedeke

Creative and Interactive Media

Professor Andrew Brown (Program Director, Interactive Media)
Mr Seth Ellis (Program Director, Master of Interactive Media)
Dr Jason Nelson
Dr Dale Patterson
Mr Joshua Nicholas


Professor Ming Cheung (Head of Design)
Associate Professor Dominique Falla (Deputy Director, Learning and Teaching)
Dr Mike McAuley (Program Director, Design)
Ms Michelle Douglas (Program Director, Master of Design)
Mr David Sargent (Graphic and Communication Design and Liveworm Creative Director)
Ms Petra Perolini (Interior Design and Environments)
Mr Tristan Schultz (Design)
Ms Rae Cooper (Design)
Mr Daniel Della-Bosca (Visualisation and Immersive Design)
Dr Eleni Kalantidou (Design)
Dr Sam Canning ( 3D and Product Design)

Griffith Film School

Head of School

Professor Herman van Eyken
Professor Trish FitzSimons (Deputy Head of Griffith Film School)

Film and Screen Media Production

Mr Richard Fabb (Creative Director, LiveLab)
Dr Nico Meissner (Curriculum Planning)
Mr Dean Chircop (Program Director, Film and Screen Media Production)
Dr Margaret McVeigh
Dr Peter Hegedus
Dr Debra Beattie
Ms Sue Swinburne
Ms Erika Addis
Mr Ashley Burgess


Dr Peter Moyes (Program Director, Animation)
Dr Louise Harvey

Games Design

Mr Gordon Moyes (Program Director, Games Design)
Dr Tim Marsh


Professor Susan Best, Director
Mr Paul Wright, Centre Manager ( Mon , Tues , Fri )
Ms Georgina Peart, Executive support/Postgraduate officer

QCA Galleries

Ms Nicola Holly, Galleries Manager