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Disrupt, innovate, and work with industry
Now, more than ever, people are seeking design-led innovation to produce solutions for real-world problems. The evolving design industry opens doors to emerging career opportunities, and professionals have the chance to truly change the world.
Gain the knowledge to redirect, challenge and rethink traditional processes and procedures in the design industry.
Study Design at Griffith
Be bold enough to believe in your own vision
Undergraduate Bachelor of Design
Within the Bachelor of Design program, your second and third years focus on selected majors:
Visual Communication Design
Explore many different forms of visual and graphic communication and branding, and understand the social contexts and environmental responsibilities of design. You’ll learn to develop design solutions, which inform, persuade, provoke, or entertain your audience. You’ll focus on your passion, but also learn how to effectively present and communicate your ideas within this evolving industry.
Interior and Spatial Design
The power of design to shape and improve the spaces in which we live, work and play is immense. Learn to apply principles of sustainability, cost-effectiveness and innovation to the process of designing effective and productive spaces. You’ll learn about the history, impact and use of new and traditional materials in various global contexts.
Can’t wait to get your hands on a 3D printer? The equipment and technology you have the chance to use at Griffith is state-of-the art and this means there are very few limits to what you can create. Undertake a range of creative projects and put our technology to the test, using 3D printing, 3D modelling, 3D scanning, laser cutting and CNC routing equipment.
If you can imagine it, you can design it! Harness the power of digital software to imagine, design, and construct 3D forms to create immersive experiences in in virtual environments. This technology is being applied to:
- visualise concepts and data across architecture, health and engineering
- create reconstructions in the fields of archaeology and criminology
- create virtual and augmented realities for use in gameplay and education
Taking a multidisciplinary approach, the interaction design major will develop your technical competency and digital creativity.
Study interactive design methods, electronic audio, visual media, computation and critical thinking. Combine these skills to produce imaginative concepts, functioning prototypes, digital audio-visual artefacts, and technically mediated interaction designs for everyday life.
Learn from the best
When you study at the Queensland College of Art (QCA) you join a thriving community of designers, artists, animators, photographers and filmmakers. Learn from people who are already pushing the boundaries of the visual and creative arts industry.
Practical hands-on learning with QCA Live
Work on projects for real clients through our LiveWorm and LiveSpace work integrated learning programs. Take up exciting work placements to build your portfolio and cultivate important industry contacts and networks.
At QCA, we maintain strong links with industry to ensure we develop degrees based on the latest market trends and employer demand. Our industry partnerships and collaborations unlock all kinds of opportunities for students studying at the QCA. Partnerships with large events like Bleach* Festival, Botanica, and organisations such as Business South Bank offer unique learning experiences and connect you to industry while you’re studying.
Focused on the future
Our future-focused design degree is designed to give you the skills employers want, be in demand, and make a difference in a fast-changing world. Our design graduates will have unprecedented opportunity to contribute and lead in vital new forms of social and economic development.
Innovative creative spaces
Study design in unique studio spaces at QCA, Australia's leading art college. The multi-million dollar design studios on both our South Bank and Gold Coast campuses provide state-of- the-art facilities and equipment for students pursuing a design career.
The 3D printing and laser cutting labs, microelectronics workshops, flexible workspaces, and custom-built design studios allow you to take your concepts from design to prototype under one roof. Building your technical skills on modern equipment means you’ll be job ready upon graduation.
Our lively studio culture emphasises thinking through making, so you’ll have the space you need to create, innovate and disrupt conventional design thinking.
The Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Business double degree combines design creativity with business skills to allow you to take advantage of the commercialisation of visual communication design, interior and spatial design, product design, immersive design and interaction design. You will have a unique range of skills and abilities to bridge the creative-business divide.
Griffith creatives are job-ready thanks to industry placement
Design student Marie Feyfant was selected for the Creative Accelerator Program with global advertising giant Publicis Groupe. She credits her time at QCA with exposing her to top-level industry opportunities and setting her up for a career as a design creative.
Rachele credits her time at QCA for helping to develop her love for design.
“I think the biggest learning has been seeing how the industry works from the inside. I’ve been mentored by Publicis’ head of design, who is also a QCA alumnus, and he’s been great at involving me in projects and pitches. I don’t think there is another creative training program like this—you really have to bring your A-game.'
Design your own pathway to success
You’ll graduate prepared to join the ranks of adventurous designers changing the way we interact with our environment and enhancing the way we live. You’ll gain the industry experience, networks and knowledge needed to succeed in cutting-edge design fields.
Design graduates can expect to follow a wide range of career paths in strategic design, product design, interior and furniture design, graphics, design management, creative industries, communications, UX and service design, digital design, publishing and broadcasting, branding and advertising, e-commerce, journalism, event management, curating and cultural planning, and design research.
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