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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.

Emma Hutton exhibits in national graduate exhibition

Fine art graduate Emma Hutton is one of three Queensland College of Art graduates selected to exhibit as part of the Hatched National Graduate Show, a prestigious exhibition at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. Her major sculptural installation, 'Timber Skin' features more than 5,000 hand-drawn, laser-cut timber pieces, threaded together with fine wire to form a scaled surface.

“This was my major graduation work at the QCA and for it to be on show at a national exhibition is a great opportunity. All of our lecturers at the QCA were practicing artists and most of them show their work in the big galleries, so they were able to give us feedback on how to execute all of our crazy ideas!”

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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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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Monday 21 September — Friday 25 September

Virtual Open House: Mature Student Week

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 26 October — Friday 30 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

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

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