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Combine your passion for Country and culture

A degree in Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art invests Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with the skills and techniques to become professional artists and take on today's art world in all its various forms. In this unique degree, you'll learn from Indigenous lecturers and focus on traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, media, style, principles and philosophies. Through your studies in Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art, you'll explore the diversity of modern-day Indigenous art practice, and gain deep insights into contemporary culture and political art.

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Study contemporary Australian Indigenous art at Griffith

Learn from the best

Bianca Beetson leads a dedicated team of CAIA staff. Her work has been exhibited across the country and strongly reflects her identity as an Indigenous Australian.

In your first year, you’ll gain a solid foundation in art practice, visual culture, contemporary Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and the culture and issues represented. Continue the family-oriented approach to your studies in your second and third years with complementary studio electives, from painting and sculpture to photography, installation and electronic media.

Choose your own path

Your study will be based on research into your own family history and traditions. Our teaching respects Aboriginal protocols concerning the ways in which techniques and images may be used.

You’ll also complete an award major from choices that include:

  • Creative advertising photography
  • Drawing
  • Jewellery and small objects
  • Painting
  • Photographic art practice
  • Photojournalism and documentary practice
  • Print media
  • Sculpture

Exhibitions and artist talks

You’ll enjoy access to an exciting calendar of on-campus exhibitions, guest lectures, master classes and artist talks. You’ll also have unique opportunities to exhibit, screen and sell your work in our campus galleries.

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.

Dale Harding

Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art graduate

Dale's ability to fuse traditional craft forms with political and cultural themes has won over fans and art critics alike, with his work shown throughout the country at galleries including GOMA and the Museum of Contemporary Art. 'Graduating from the Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art gave me not only the framework, but also the skills, to develop in my studio practice and enhance my ability to write and speak about my work. It provided a platform to bounce off a number of shows nationally every year since I graduated. It has been great!'

Dale Harding

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With a Griffith CAIA degree, you'll enter the professional contemporary art environment with a folio of work demonstrating your competence in Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge, technical skills, media and contemporary technologies.

You'll be fully prepared to work as an art practitioner, gallerist or curator. You may choose to continue your studies through honours or a postgraduate degree to pursue a career in art education.

Griffith CAIA graduates continue to win international accolades for their creativity, motivation and professional approach to their career development.

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Monday 30 October — Saturday 17 February

Trimester 3

Our third trimester starts on Monday 30 October. Trimester 3 examinations run from Saturday 10 to Saturday 17 February 2018.

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Monday 5 February — Friday 21 December

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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.

Sunday 8 April — Monday 9 April

Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo - Adelaide

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Tuesday 1 May — Sunday 18 February

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

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Wednesday 2 May — Thursday 3 May

Gold Coast Careers Festival

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Thursday 3 May — Sunday 6 May

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Wednesday 9 May — Sunday 18 February

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Thursday 10 May — Sunday 18 February

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Friday 11 May — Saturday 12 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

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Monday 14 May — Sunday 18 February

Pathways to Medicine Information Evening - Gold Coast campus

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Tuesday 15 May — Sunday 18 February

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Tuesday 15 May — Sunday 18 February

Mature Student Open Evening - South Bank campus

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Tuesday 15 May — Sunday 18 February

Pathways to Medicine Information Evening - South Bank campus

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Thursday 17 May — Sunday 18 February

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast campus

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Monday 21 May — Friday 25 May

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Tuesday 22 May — Sunday 18 February

Parent and Student Advice Night - Nathan campus

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Thursday 24 May — Sunday 18 February

Parent and Student Advice Night - Gold Coast campus

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Tuesday 29 May — Sunday 18 February

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Wednesday 30 May — Sunday 18 February

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

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Tuesday 19 June — Sunday 18 February

Discover Griffith - Nathan campus

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Thursday 21 June — Sunday 18 February

Discover Griffith - Gold Coast campus

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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)

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Tuesday 24 July — Sunday 18 February

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

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Monday 6 August — Sunday 18 February

Townsville Careers Expo

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Sunday 12 August — Sunday 18 February

OPEN DAY - Nathan, Gold Coast and South Bank campuses

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