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Develop and refine your artistic talent through our range of specialisations

Studying fine art at Griffith's Queensland College of Art prepares you to use your creativity and passion across diverse fields. In your first year, you'll be grounded in the fundamentals of visual arts practice and theory, and cultivate your individual talents, abilities and interests. In your second and third years, you'll focus on your major study area while also developing skills, concepts and experience in other studio areas. You'll graduate with the creative, interpretive and critical capabilities that equip you for a career in your chosen visual arts field.

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Study fine art at Griffith

We develop inspired, industry-ready creatives

Learn from the best

You’ll be challenged and supported to excel by lecturers who are also leading artists and designers, giving you the advantage of learning your craft from practicing professionals who regularly hold exhibitions of their work and are represented on industry boards. You’ll acquire the skills that art-making demands and learn how to get your work into the public domain. 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.

Diverse specialisations

Your fine art 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 jewellery and small objects, painting, interdisciplinary sculpture, interdisciplinary print media, interdisciplinary drawing and art theory.

Study in an inspiring setting

Find your own artistic voice in a dynamic creative environment. Whether in the heart of Brisbane’s cultural precinct at South Bank, or at the thriving arts community at the Gold Coast campus, you’ll have outstanding access to art galleries, studios, exhibition spaces and leading-edge computer laboratories.

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.

Monica Rohan

Being named as a finalist in the Archibald Prize, having your work on the cover of Frankie and on show at Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) alongside Queensland's finest artists is an incredible achievement for any artist- yet it's business as usual for Monica Rohan. `It was so encouraging to be on show at GOMA and to be able to interact with the international art scene without having to leave Brisbane,' she says. 'I'm so thankful for the success I've been able to enjoy, which has allowed me to leave my day job and focus solely on my art. The best thing about the Queensland College of Art is the community it creates—it's still a huge part of my life, all the friends I made there are artists and we continue to support each other.' Represented by Jan Murphy Gallery in Brisbane and Sophie Gannon Gallery in Melbourne, Monica paints exaggerated patterns drawn from textiles and foliage, which she says reflect the subconscious.

Monica Rohan

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Career outcomes

Our graduates have become leaders in their chosen artistic spheres

Fine Art students aspire to be professional artists, or to pursue careers in the creative industries

Providing immersive, intensive, studio-based training, our program prepares you for a career in your specialised area of study or for work in the wider arts sector, including administration and education. 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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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.

Learn more about studying in Trimester 3

Saturday 16 December — Thursday 21 December

Know 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 pathways, entry requirements and program options, plus what you can do if your score was higher or lower than expected.  Find out more

*Excluding Sunday 17 December.

Monday 22 January — Wednesday 31 January

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 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.

Sunday 8 April — Monday 9 April

Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo - Adelaide

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

Tuesday 1 May — Saturday 16 December

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 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 — Saturday 16 December

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 — Saturday 16 December

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 — Saturday 16 December

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 — Saturday 16 December

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.  

Tuesday 15 May — Saturday 16 December

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 — Saturday 16 December

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 — Saturday 16 December

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.  

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 — Saturday 16 December

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.  

Thursday 24 May — Saturday 16 December

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.  

Tuesday 29 May — Saturday 16 December

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 — Saturday 16 December

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