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Equip yourself with creative and technical skills and insights to rise to future design challenges

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.

Griffith 3D print experts create equipment for frontline workers

Griffith’s expertise and 3D printers are being used to help manufacture essential protective equipment for frontline health workers across Australia in response to COVID-19.

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Study Design at Griffith

Combine design-thinking and emerging technologies to address real-world problems

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.

Product Design

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.

Immersive Design

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

Interaction Design

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

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.

International field trips and study tours

From the Venice Biennale to Beijing Design Week, and more—studying at QCA opens up a world of opportunity. You can choose to undertake an international study tour and gain credit towards your degree while enjoying exciting cultural experiences and advancing your professional skills.

Innovative creative spaces

Access modern study spaces, equipment and technology at QCA. 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 new 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.

Double degree

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 graphic and communication design, interior design and environments, product and 3D design, and visualisation design. You will have a unique range of skills and abilities to bridge the creative-business divide.

2020 Design Institute of Australia Queensland Visual Communication Graduate of the Year

Design graduate Rachele Andrews was announced the winner of the 2020 Design Institute of Australia Queensland Visual Communication Graduate of the Year.

She was awarded for works including an educational workbook for children raising awareness about refugees and Australia’s multicultural society, a plant management app and an information and activity book to help nurture siblings of chronically ill children.

Rachele credits her time at QCA for helping to develop her love for design.

'I am incredibly grateful for the quality of teachers at QCA and their commitment and passion to seeing students succeed. I can easily say the last three years at Griffith have been the best years of my life so far. I have found my drive and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store.” 

Bleach festival

Three-year partnership with Bleach* Festival to provide extensive practical experience to Griffith students from 2019

Career outcomes

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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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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19 Jul 2021

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16 Jul 2021

Exhibition honours Griffith’s first Aboriginal art graduate

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Monday 12 July — Friday 20 August

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Sunday 8 August — Sunday 8 August

Open Day

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Thursday 19 August — Thursday 19 August

Year 9 and 10 Parent and Student Information Webinar


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Monday 13 September — Monday 13 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

Wednesday 15 September — Wednesday 15 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

Thursday 16 September — Thursday 16 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

Friday 17 December — Thursday 23 December

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