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Hands-on 3D printing experience in your first year of study

As the role of design changes, designers must be able to apply their creative imagination and abilities to new industries and emerging social practices. Learn how to express your initiative, aptitudes and skills, working with 3D printing technologies to create ingenious 3D design projects in your first year of study. Advance your computer skills and understand how products, systems, software and hardware work. You'll learn through making, developing the technical and creative knowledge to produce innovative pieces, thanks to our hands-on approach that combines the understanding and application of design skills with increased experience of technology.

Top Ranking

Griffith named top creative arts school in Australia according to the 2017 Uni Reviews rankings

Study 3D and product design at Griffith

Prepare for success as a professional product designer

Working confidently on a range of creative projects you’ll put our cutting edge technology to the test, using 3D printing, 3D modelling, 3D scanning, laser cutting and CNC routing equipment. Find out about materials and global manufacturing methods, from the research and concept stage to computer development and finished product. The Queensland College of Art is one of Australia’s oldest and most respected art and design institutions, offering world-class facilities and access to art galleries, exhibition spaces, studios and 3D printing laboratories. Study at our South Bank campus in the heart of Brisbane’s cultural precinct or at the thriving arts community at the Gold Coast campus.

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.

Continue your studies

As a graduate you’ll be equipped to complete honours and doctoral studies. Guided by academics, you can undertake an intensive research course and research dissertation to enhance your skills.

Professional recognition

You’ll be eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia.

5-Star Rated

Creative Arts at Griffith is rated 5-stars for Educational Experience and Teaching Quality by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

Troy Baverstock

Queensland College of Art Design graduate

Prosthetic limbs have traditionally been designed for their functionality. Seeing the need for a prosthetic that could be used to express an individual’s unique style, QCA Design student Troy Baverstock has designed the limbU – a 3D printed smart leg.

‘Despite promising advances in medical technology, prostheses that can match their biological counterparts are currently confined to the realms of science fiction. This limitation however does not restrict us from exploring new forms and functions for which the prosthetic limb is uniquely situated,’ says Troy.

Using Griffith’s advanced 3D printing technology, the customisable designs will enable users to express their individuality and creativity through something typically seen as an impairment.

The students of today will have the jobs of the future – ones that may not even exist yet, with 3D printing alone being forecast as a $7 billion dollar a year sector by 2020. Troy’s 3D printed smart leg is one of the many exciting and revolutionary products created by students with access to Griffith’s 3D printing capabilities.

Troy Baverstock

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Career outcomes

Opportunity unlimited in a rapidly evolving profession

Griffith graduates have all the skills and practical experience required to succeed in the visionary world of 3D design, creating objects and experiences that can transform people's lives and businesses

3D design is a wide-ranging artistic field, taking in a variety of project types. In planning your career journey, you'll be well prepared for a constantly-changing future, with opportunities open to you in diverse sectors including:

  • 3D printing
  • Design for disability
  • Commercial manufacturing
  • Product design
  • Packaging design
  • Furniture design
  • Lighting design
  • Medical modelling
  • 3D computer visualisation
  • CAD for manufacturing
  • Industrial design
  • Creative entrepreneur
  • Digital fashion design
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Chat online with our expert study advisers after you have received your entry score, to discuss your study options. Find out about pathways, entry requirements and program options, plus what you can do if your score was higher or lower than expected.

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With 240 information sessions, activities and tours across our Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses, discover what’s possible at Griffith.

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