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Disrupt, innovate, and work with industry in QCA's unique creative spaces

Study visual arts or design at the Queensland College of Art (QCA), Australia's leading art and design college. At Griffith, you'll develop and showcase your creative talents in world-class facilities and studio spaces, learning from industry leaders who love to push the boundaries.

The QCA is highly regarded in Australia and overseas; and the Griffith Film School is the largest school of its kind in Australia. When you choose Griffith, you'll graduate with the skills and confidence to build your career anywhere in the world. Our innovative community of students, alumni, staff and researchers include artists, designers, photographers and visual communicators, who are transforming lives through their creativity.

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Choosing the best pathway and managing your application is straightforward with our tools, tips and tutorials. Plus, you can chat with us online from 7 am–9 pm weekdays and 9 am–6 pm on weekends until applications close on 13 February.

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Study visual and creative arts at Griffith

Become a cutting-edge creative in the field of your choice.

Our Queensland College of Art (QCA) visual arts and design studios on the banks of the Brisbane River at South Bank, cater to students of drawing, photography, sculpture, jewellery and small objects, printmaking, contemporary Australian Indigenous art, painting and design. These studio settings create ideal opportunities for students of QCA to grow their creative community.

Your art and design career, made at QCA

The Queensland College of Art is renowned for its studio culture, vibrancy, and sense of social purpose. Choose from degrees in design, visual arts and contemporary Australian Indigenous Art. Griffith University is also home to Australia's largest film school, Griffith Film School, where you can study film and screen media production, animation and games design.

Learn and create in inspiring spaces

Study at the QCA's South Bank campus in the heart of Brisbane's cultural precinct or at the thriving arts community at the Gold Coast campus and enjoy access to world-class facilities, art galleries, exhibition spaces, studios and cutting-edge computer laboratories. We prioritise a lively studio culture, emphasising thinking through making and increasing learning opportunities across our varied and well-equipped art and design studios.

Take it from the top

QCA lecturers regularly hold exhibitions of their work and are represented on industry boards. This means you'll learn your craft from some of the country's leading artists and designers, and learn how to get your work into the public domain. Art and design masterclasses with visiting scholars and practising artists will inspire your creativity and increase your network.

We’re proud to deliver an outstanding education that supports our students in facing the future with confidence, competence and the knowledge and skills to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Practical hands-on learning with QCA Live

Gain the technical skills and practical experience to forge a career in your chosen creative field. Our commercial studios, LiveWorm, LiveLab, LiveSpace and LiveImage offer students the opportunity to gain practical experience working on real projects for real clients. This means you’ll build your portfolio and make critical contacts and networks even before you graduate.

Emma Hutton exhibits in national graduate exhibition

Fine art graduate Emma Hutton is one of three Queensland College of Art graduates selected to exhibit as part of the Hatched National Graduate Show, a prestigious exhibition at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. Her major sculptural installation, 'Timber Skin' features more than 5,000 hand-drawn, laser-cut timber pieces, threaded together with fine wire to form a scaled surface.

“This was my major graduation work at the QCA and for it to be on show at a national exhibition is a great opportunity. All of our lecturers at the QCA were practicing artists and most of them show their work in the big galleries, so they were able to give us feedback on how to execute all of our crazy ideas!”

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Career opportunities

Our art and design degrees span a variety of careers. Depending on your degree and specialisation, you may find opportunities in film and TV, games development, advertising, theatre, industrial design, art galleries, media and education.

Student story

Georgina Hooper

“My time at the QCA allowed me to experiment and try so many things. The painting department was a real community, and I came away with a sense of place and purpose.”

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21st Century Enterprise Skills Teacher Professional Development Day - Logan Campus

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Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

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Tuesday 21 September — Thursday 30 September

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Wednesday 8 December — Thursday 9 December

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