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Start study from home in Trimester 2, 2020

For Trimester 2, 2020, you will be able to start your study from home. If restrictions are lifted we will continue to offer our students the flexibility to study online or a combination of online and on campus for the rest of the Trimester.

Develop and refine your artistic talent through our range of specialisations

Studying fine art at Griffith's Queensland College of Art prepares you to use your creativity and passion across diverse fields. In your first year, you'll be grounded in the fundamentals of visual arts practice and theory, and cultivate your individual talents, abilities and interests. In your second and third years, you'll focus on your major study area while also developing skills, concepts and experience in other studio areas. You'll graduate with the creative, interpretive and critical capabilities that equip you for a career in your chosen visual arts field.

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Study fine art at Griffith

We develop inspired, industry-ready creatives

Learn from the best

You’ll be challenged and supported to excel by lecturers who are also leading artists and designers, giving you the advantage of learning your craft from practicing professionals who regularly hold exhibitions of their work and are represented on industry boards. You’ll acquire the skills that art-making demands and learn how to get your work into the public domain. Queensland College of Art is one of Australia’s oldest, most respected art and design colleges, with world-class facilities. Our programs are industry focused and developed in partnership with professional art and design bodies.

Diverse specialisations

Your fine art studies at Griffith will be centred on your individual potential and imagination. You’ll have the opportunity to refine your artistic talent by selecting a major in jewellery and small objects, painting, interdisciplinary sculpture, interdisciplinary print media, interdisciplinary drawing and art theory.

Study in an inspiring setting

Find your own artistic voice in a dynamic creative environment. Whether in the heart of Brisbane’s cultural precinct at South Bank, or at the thriving arts community at the Gold Coast campus, you’ll have outstanding access to art galleries, studios, exhibition spaces and leading-edge computer laboratories.

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.

Natalie Lavelle

Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours)

Fine Art (Honours) student Natalie Lavelle has produced a stunning mural for the Queensland Children's Hospital - creating an oasis of colour for young oncology patients. Natalie created the large-scale wall art with QCA lecturer and artist Dr Simon Degroot as part of the hospital's Art in Health program. The project was an extension of the popular QCA Public Art elective, an intensive three-week course where students create a public artwork.

“Art has a very special role to play in a hospital, and it’s such a wonderful opportunity to be part of it. I’ve got kids myself, and it was really touching seeing the children running their hands up and down the painting. Going into university, my focus was on studio work, but I’ve found that I enjoy working on a large scale. I also really like the idea of people being able to enjoy art outside of a gallery.”

Study options

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

Bleach festival

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

Career outcomes

Our graduates have become leaders in their chosen artistic spheres

Fine Art students aspire to be professional artists, or to pursue careers in the creative industries

Providing immersive, intensive, studio-based training, our program prepares you for a career in your specialised area of study or for work in the wider arts sector, including administration and education. You'll be equipped to pursue a multitude of opportunities, including:

  • Public artist
  • Installation artist
  • Gallery artist
  • Gallery operator
  • Curator
  • Sculptor
  • Designer
  • Arts critic/writer
  • Art teacher

As a graduate, you'll also have the opportunity (subject to GPA) of completing an honours year, preparing you for postgraduate studies.

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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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07 Jul 2020

Art graduates selected for national exhibition

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30 Jun 2020

Film graduate wins spot in star-studded mentoring program

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Key dates

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Monday 13 July — Saturday 17 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) - CANCELLED

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 - CANCELLED

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

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Monday 3 August — Monday 3 August

Townsville Careers Expo

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

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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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