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Develop the conceptual foundations and skills you need

Creating visual concepts to communicate ideas that captivate, inform and inspire is the hallmark of the successful graphic designer. Using their professional levels of technical expertise and teamwork skills, graphic designers develop layout and production design for print and on-screen. Discover the power visual of communication to reinvent the world around us, change user experiences, and promote responsible activities, behaviours and desires that communicate ideas and actions for a sustainable future. Work with cutting edge technology to visualise your graphic design brainwaves, enabling you to prototype your concepts and research, market, brand and package your ideas for sale in a global marketplace.

Mature Student Open Evenings

Get advice about starting uni as a mature student. 15 and 17 May 2018.

Study graphic and communication design at Griffith

Master design processes, production tools and practices

Learn the craft of tackling design challenges and devising innovative strategies and solutions, while advancing your critical and strategic thinking. Studying at Griffith, you’ll explore many forms of visual and graphic communication. You’ll develop highly specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills. Find new perspectives on sustainability, learn how to present your ideas clearly and powerfully. Improve your ability to work as a creative individual or as part of a team to deliver material that commands attention in all forms of online and print publications and brand development

You’ll study in the heart of Brisbane’s cultural precinct, or at the thriving arts community at the Gold Coast campus, with access to state of the art facilities. Take the opportunity to work on projects for real clients in Liveworm, our commercial graphic design studio, run by practitioners with years of industry experience. Our key industry links help you guild your portfolio, make critical contacts and develop networks.

Continue your studies

You’ll be equipped to complete honours and doctoral studies. Guided by academics, you can undertake an intensive research course and research dissertation to enhance your skills.

Professional recognition

Design graduates are eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia.

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.

Kate and Joel Booy

Queensland College of Art Design graduates

For Joel and Kate Booy, studying graphic design at the QCA marked the start of a personal and professional partnership that has spanned two decades, culminating in a collaboration with IKEA and high profile exhibitions around the world. The duo are now based in The Netherlands and their design studio, Truly Truly, produces multidisciplinary work across objects, furniture, lighting, textiles and spaces. ‘We feel so lucky to be invited to design part of IKEA’s PS collection—it is very well known in Europe and some really big names in the design world have been a part of it,’ Joel said.

The talented pair are hard at work on a range of projects, including a collection of vases for Dutch ceramic company Cor Unum, glass pendant lights for the Nationaal GlasMusuem Netherlands and their own furniture range for an exhibition at the renowned Salone del Mobile in Milan.

They credit their time at the QCA with introducing them to the world of design. ’There is really no recipe or roadmap that you can use to make it. It’s a mix of talent, hours of hard work, good relationships and a tiny dash of luck.’

Kate and Joel Booy

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Acquire subject-specific and technical skills, and transferable expertise

Griffith graduates enter their chosen field with hands-on experience and understanding gained through industry-linked programs

You'll have a unique mix of creative production knowledge and business skills preparing you for opportunities in portfolio-based careers, entrepreneurial ventures and in established businesses that value creativity. You'll be well equipped for a career designing for digital media, web, print and publishing across broad areas including:

  • Corporate and brand design
  • Education
  • Exhibitions
  • Festivals
  • Museums
  • Events
  • Designing for social change

Our graduates have well-developed skills in conceptual mapping, way-finding and environmental graphics, information design, and typography for magazines, books, creative documents and resources.

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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 5 February — Friday 21 December

Ongoing Q&A sessions

Book a 30 minute, personalised appointment with a member of our student recruitment team, to help find the right degree for you and get personalised advice about your study options. You can also find out about scholarships and discover pathways to university.   Find out more

Monday 26 February — Saturday 23 June

Trimester 1

Our first teaching trimester starts on Monday 26 February 2018 . Trimester 1 examinations run from Saturday 9 to Saturday 23 June.

Tuesday 1 May — Tuesday 1 May

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Lismore

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Wednesday 2 May — Thursday 3 May

Gold Coast Careers Festival

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Gold Coast Careers Festival to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Thursday 3 May — Sunday 6 May

VCE and Careers Expo - Melbourne

Visit the Griffith University stand at the VCE and Careers Expo in Melbourne to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Wednesday 9 May — Wednesday 9 May

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Townsville

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM . Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Thursday 10 May — Thursday 10 May

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Cairns

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Friday 11 May — Saturday 12 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Monday 14 May — Sunday 22 April

Pathways to Medicine Information Evening - Gold Coast campus

What you need to know to maximise your chances of gaining a place to study Griffith's Doctor of Medicine.  

Tuesday 15 May — Sunday 22 April

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Toowoomba

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Tuesday 15 May — Sunday 22 April

Mature Student Open Evening - South Bank campus

If you’re considering returning to university for postgraduate study, or starting for the first time, come along to a Griffith University Mature Student Open Evening to speak to our specialist advisers about pathways to study and support for non-school leavers and mature age students. Find out more

Tuesday 15 May — Sunday 22 April

Pathways to Medicine Information Evening - South Bank campus

What you need to know to maximise your chances of gaining a place to study Griffith's Doctor of Medicine.  

Thursday 17 May — Sunday 22 April

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast campus

If you’re considering returning to university for postgraduate study, or starting for the first time, come along to a Griffith University Mature Student Open Evening to speak to our specialist advisers about pathways to study and support for non-school leavers and mature age students. Find out more

Monday 21 May — Friday 25 May

Q&A Sessions

Book a 30 minute, personalised appointment with a member of our student recruitment team, to help find the right degree for you and get personalised advice about your study options. You can also find out about scholarships and discover pathways to university.   Find out more

Tuesday 22 May — Sunday 22 April

Parent and Student Advice Night - Nathan campus

Tour the campus and get personal study and subject selection advice with our expert study advisers at this informative on-campus event. Meet current Griffith students and their parents and hear about their experiences of the transition from school to university. Find out more

Thursday 24 May — Sunday 22 April

Parent and Student Advice Night - Gold Coast campus

Tour the campus and get personal study and subject selection advice with our expert study advisers at this informative on-campus event. Meet current Griffith students and their parents and hear about their experiences of the transition from school to university. Find out more

Tuesday 29 May — Sunday 22 April

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Mackay

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Wednesday 30 May — Sunday 22 April

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Rockhampton

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Tuesday 19 June — Sunday 22 April

Discover Griffith - Nathan campus

Join us at our Nathan campus for a fun and informative day with family and friends. You'll have the opportunity to tour our campus with a student ambassador, hear from program staff about your preferred degree and chat with our recruitment team about entry requirements and pathways to Griffith.  

Thursday 21 June — Sunday 22 April

Discover Griffith - Gold Coast campus

Join us at our Gold Coast campus for a fun and informative day with family and friends. You'll have the opportunity to tour our campus with a student ambassador, hear from program staff about your preferred degree and chat with our recruitment team about entry requirements and pathways to Griffith.  

Monday 9 July — Saturday 20 October

Trimester 2

Our second teaching trimester starts on Monday 9 July . Trimester 2 examinations run from Saturday 6 to Saturday 20 October.

Saturday 21 July — Sunday 22 July

TSXPO (Tertiary Studies Expo)

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Tertiary Studies Expo to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Tuesday 24 July — Sunday 22 April

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Sunshine Coast Daily Careers and Employment Expo to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Monday 6 August — Sunday 22 April

Townsville Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Townsville Careers Expo to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Sunday 12 August — Sunday 12 August

OPEN DAY - Nathan, Gold Coast and South Bank campuses

Discover what's possible at Griffith at Open Day. Visit our Gold Coast, Nathan or South Bank campus to attend information sessions and activities, chat with academics about your preferred degree, find out about services and support, and tour our campuses. Find out more

Monday 17 September — Friday 28 September

Q&A Sessions

Book a 30 minute, personalised appointment with a member of our student recruitment team, to help find the right degree for you and get personalised advice about your study options. You can also find out about scholarships and discover pathways to university.   Find out more