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Develop and refine your artistic talent through our range of specialisations

Studying visual arts at Griffith's Queensland College of Art prepares you to use your creativity and passion across diverse fields. In your first year, you’ll gain a grounding in the fundamental aspects of fine art practice and theory, and develop your individual skills, abilities and interests. In your second and third years, you’ll focus your studies towards your major studio area, while developing a wide range of skills, concepts and experiences. Graduate with the creative, interpretive and critical capabilities to equip you for a career in your chosen visual arts field.

Double degrees

Double your degree, multiply your opportunities.

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Study visual arts at Griffith

We develop inspired, industry-ready creative professionals

Diverse specialisations

Your visual arts 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:

  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Sculpture

Learn from the best

You’ll be challenged and supported to excel by lecturers who are also leading visual artists. Learn your craft from practicing professionals who regularly hold exhibitions of their work and are represented on industry boards. 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.

We’re proud to deliver an outstanding education that supports our students in facing the future with confidence, competence and the knowledge and skills to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Learn and create in inspiring spaces

Find your artistic voice in a dynamic creative environment. You’ll have access to an exciting calendar of on-campus exhibitions, guest lectures, masterclasses and artist talks. You’ll also have unique opportunities to exhibit and sell your work through our Galleries programs.

International field trips and study tours

You can choose to undertake an international study tour and gain credit towards your degree while enjoying exciting cultural experiences and advancing your professional skills.

Double degree

In the Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Business, you’ll develop your passion and skills in visual art while gaining practical business skills. The QCA attracts students that are dedicated to becoming innovative and creative practitioners. You’ll be able to apply your creativity in a wide range of commercial areas, understand visual arts practice in terms of a contemporary art market, and be prepared to work independently as an artist, in arts and cultural organisations.

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!”

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

Visual arts students aspire to be professional artists, or to pursue careers in the creative industries

A Bachelor of Visual Arts will equip you for a career in the visual and creative arts, from gallery directors and professional artists to curators, educators, government arts workers and creative consultants. The skills and knowledge you gain will equip you to adapt and succeed in the expanding and changing landscape of the creative arts, and will also serve as the foundation for further studies in education, research or professional practice. 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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Key dates

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Monday 8 March — Saturday 19 June

Trimester 1

Our first teaching trimester starts on Monday 8 March 2021 . Trimester 1 examinations run from Thursday 10 to Saturday 19 June.

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Thursday 6 May — Saturday 8 May

Gold Coast Careers and Employment Festival

Tuesday 18 May — Tuesday 18 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

Wednesday 19 May — Wednesday 19 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

Thursday 20 May — Thursday 20 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

Friday 21 May — Saturday 22 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Saturday 17 July — Sunday 18 July

TSXPO

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Monday 19 July — Saturday 30 October

Trimester 2

Our second teaching trimester starts on Monday 19 July. Trimester 2 examinations run from Saturday 21 to Saturday 30 October.

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Tuesday 20 July — Tuesday 20 July

Sunshine Coast Careers and Employment Expo

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Friday 23 July — Sunday 25 July

Melbourne Careers and Employment Expo

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Sunday 8 August — Sunday 8 August

Open Day

Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses

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Monday 13 September — Monday 13 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

Wednesday 15 September — Wednesday 15 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

Thursday 16 September — Thursday 16 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

Friday 17 December — Thursday 23 December

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