Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art

Griffith University

This program is designed to prepare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to become professional artists. Students will focus on traditional Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art media, styles and forms, together with strategies for their viable adaptation within a highly urbanised society. It is planned in accordance with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander principles and philosophies. Teaching respects Aboriginal laws concerning the ways in which techniques and images may be used. Study will be based on research into their own family history and traditions. Students will undertake field trips to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and study contemporary culture and politics. In the first year, students will gain a solid foundation in art practice, visual culture, contemporary Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and the culture and issues it represents. In the second and third years students will continue the integrated, family-oriented approach to the study of Australian Indigenous art along with studio activities including painting, sculpture, photography, installation and electronic media. Students will also complete an award major of their choice.

Course Fee:

International: $85,500

Entry Requirements:

Demonstrated creative talent and academic standing; Prerequisite: English; Folio; Questionnaire. This program is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples only


240 credit points

Subjects you can Study:

Expanded practice; Photographic art practice; Studio art

Study Pathways:

Honours is available.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00233E

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
South Bank, Qld College of Art No info Yes Full time 3 years
South Bank, Qld College of Art No info Yes Part time 6 years
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Provider CRICOS: 00233E

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