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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.

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Studying a double degree is a great way to increase your career options

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.

Thembi Hanify

Queensland College of Art graduate

Working in the art department of New York-based fashion label Rag & Bone, design graduate Thembi Hanify has fond memories of studying at Queensland College of Art. “I really feel like I learned so much in my time there,” she says. “My tutors were very supportive and their real-world critique and experience gave me the knowledge I needed to make the jump into the deep end that is New York.” Thembi says it was great to be part of such a diverse creative community while studying. “Interacting with students from different areas, like photography and fine art, greatly influenced my approach to visual communication,” she says.

Thembi Hanify

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Scholarships

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Career outcomes

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 27 February — Saturday 17 June

Trimester 1 (International)

From 2017, we’ll be teaching across three trimesters, rather than two semesters, with our first trimester starting on Monday 27 February.

Monday 27 February — Friday 26 May

Trimester 1

From 2017, we’ll be teaching across three trimesters, rather than two semesters, with our first trimester kicking off on Monday 27 February.

Monday 22 May — Friday 26 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.

Friday 2 June — Saturday 3 June

Careers & Employment Expo

Opportunity to connect with organisations for guidance, clarity and opportunities for career options.

Monday 3 July — Saturday 14 October

Trimester 2 (International)

Our second trimester runs from Monday 3 July to Saturday 14 October 2017.

Monday 3 July — Friday 22 September

Trimester 2

Our second teaching trimester for 2017 runs from Monday 3 July to Friday 22 September. Get started on your study journey.

Tuesday 4 July — Wednesday 5 July

Twilight Tours - Gold Coast & Nathan

Tour our Gold Coast or Nathan campus with a current Griffith student. Get a feel for what studying at Griffith is like, see our facilities, and learn the best spots on campus for study, great food and fun activities. You’ll also have the chance to chat to a current student about your preferred degree and their Griffith experience. Find out more.

Saturday 15 July — Sunday 16 July

TSXPO

Unique opportunity for anyone starting, changing or upgrading their career. 

Tuesday 18 July — Thursday 25 May

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers & Employment Expo

Latest information on tertiary studies, further training, hands on demonstrations and employment opportunities.

Monday 24 July — Thursday 25 May

Open Day

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

Monday 18 September — Friday 29 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.

Monday 30 October — Friday 2 February

Trimester 3 (International)

Our third teaching trimester runs from Monday 30 October 2017 to Friday 17 February 2018.

Monday 30 October — Friday 2 February

Trimester 3

Our third teaching trimester runs from Monday 30 October 2016 to Friday 2 February 2018.

Wednesday 15 November — Thursday 25 May

Postgraduate Information Evening - South Bank

Join Griffith University for a postgraduate information evening and talk to our staff and students about how a postgraduate degree can help you achieve your career goals.