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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.
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.
Design graduates are eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia.
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.’
|Bachelor of Design||Gold Coast
|Bachelor of Design (Honours)||South Bank
|Doctor of Visual Arts||South Bank
|Graduate Certificate in Visual Arts||South Bank
|Master of Interactive Media||South Bank
|Master of Visual Arts||South Bank
Expand your qualifications and your career options with our range of double degrees. As a double degree graduate, you’ll have a special skill set that will help you stand out with future employers.
|Double Degrees||Campus||OP rank|
|Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Business||Gold Coast
It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.
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
- 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.
November 06, 2018
Photography lecturer recognised for work in Cambodia
October 30, 2018
QCA showcases graduating talent
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 admission pathways to university. Find out more
Saturday 15 December — Thursday 20 December
Explore Your Options - Online
Chat online with our expert study advisers after you have received your entry score, to discuss your study options. Find out about admission pathways, entry requirements and program options, plus what you can do if your OP or ATAR score was higher or lower than expected.
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Sunday 11 August — Sunday 11 August
Open Day 2019
With 240 information sessions, activities and tours across our Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses, discover what’s possible at Griffith. Find out more