Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art
Griffith University - South Bank

Course outline

This degree is designed to prepare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples to become professional artists, and is planned in accordance with Indigenous knowledges and philosophies. You’ll focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art media, styles and forms, together with strategies for working as an artist within a highly urbanised society. As you research your own family history and traditions, you’ll also undertake field trips to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and study contemporary culture and politics. You’ll gain a solid foundation in art practice, visual culture and contemporary Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art and the culture and issues it represents, complemented by studio electives including painting, sculpture, photography, installation and electronic media. For more course information, visit Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art at GU.


Studio practice majors: Indigenous studio practice. Visual arts majors: painting; photography; sculpture.

Fee notes

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Admissions Criteria

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Applicants must meet the minimum age requirements for admission, see the QTAC website for details.; Interview; Portfolio

Additional entry requirements

Admission to this program requires a portfolio of images of up to 10 artworks and interview. Griffith University will contact applicants with information on how to upload the portfolio. Admission to this degree is open to those who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. Griffith Guaranteed Admission Schemes do not apply to this program.

Assumed knowledge

English, Literature, English and Literature Extension or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 and 4, C).

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

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Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

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Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

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Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR/Rank was not a factor

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Career opportunities

You’ll graduate with a portfolio of work that demonstrates your competence in Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge, skills and media, and in contemporary technologies. Students will have gained the necessary skills to perform effectively in professional contemporary art practice environments. You’ll be 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.

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Offer rounds
CSP/$8500 (1st year contribution)
Level of Qualification
Bachelor degree
Study Area
Creative and Performing Arts
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

3 years Full time or 6 years Part time