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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.

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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:

Graphic and communication design

In this major you’ll 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 not only inform your audience, but might persuade, provoke, excite or entertain them. You’ll focus on your passion, but also learn how to effectively present and communicate your ideas within a highly-competitive industry.

Interior design and environments

The power of design to shape and improve the spaces in which we live, work and play is immense. In this major you’ll 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, geography, impact and use of new and traditional materials in various global contexts.

3D and product design

Can’t wait to get your hands on a 3D printer? The equipment and technology you’ll use at Griffith is state-of-the art and this means there are very few limits to what you can create. In this major you’ll 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.

Visualisation and immersive design

If you can imagine it, you can design it! In this major you’ll harness the power of digital software to imagine, design, and construct 3D forms to create immersive experiences 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

Learn from the best

Study at the Queensland College of Art (QCA) and 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.

Expand your design knowledge

Develop the conceptual foundations and skills required to communicate ideas that captivate, inform and inspire as you establish your individual style and vision. Study in a creative, collaborative environment with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in brand new design studios.

Practical experience

Work on projects for real clients through our LiveWorm work experience program. Take up exciting work placements to build your portfolio and cultivate important industry contacts and networks.

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.

Rachel Sarra, Design graduate

Rachael Sarra is stepping into the spotlight with new work that celebrates her cultural heritage. She has launched her own business – Sar.ra – creating fashion, jewellery and stationery featuring her paintings and prints.

Rachael’s work was projected onto the William Jolly Bridge as part of the Brisbane Art Design Festival and was featured on a fleet of Brisbane City Council buses to celebrate NAIDOC Week. A proud Goreng Goreng woman, Rachael uses her work as a way to connect with her culture.

“My time at QCA was phenomenal. I don’t think I’d really considered the power of my culture before I went to uni, and I learned so much about socially responsible design, and how to be a positive force creatively.”

Study options

It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.

Scholarships

Over 600 Scholarships available.

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Career outcomes

Design your own pathway to success

If you’re interested in a career in design practice, looking to advance your existing skill set or explore new career avenues in experience design, design strategy or leadership – your studies at the Queensland College of Art can be tailored to suit.

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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Monday 24 February — Monday 24 February

Trimester 1: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 28 May to Friday 6 June.

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Friday 8 May — Saturday 9 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Monday 11 May — Thursday 14 May

Mature Student Open Evenings

No matter whether you’re returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help you find the right study path.

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Wednesday 13 May — Thursday 14 May

Gold Coast Careers Festival

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Thursday 21 May — Thursday 21 May

Cairns Youth and Careers Expo

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Monday 22 June — Wednesday 24 June

Trimester 2: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Monday 29 June — Saturday 10 October

Trimester 2: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 1 October to Saturday 10 October.

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Saturday 18 July — Sunday 19 July

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO)

TSXPO is for anyone considering further study. Talk to our academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admission pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services. Entry is free.

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Tuesday 21 July — Tuesday 21 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

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Monday 3 August — Monday 3 August

Townsville Careers Expo

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Sunday 9 August — Sunday 9 August

Open Day

On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate studies. It’s a great time to get to know our campuses, experience life at Griffith, explore your study options and find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

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Monday 14 September — Thursday 17 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

No matter whether you’re returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help you find the right study path.

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Monday 19 October — Friday 23 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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