Griffith University

Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art

Griffith University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00233E

This degree is designed to prepare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to become professional artists. You will focus on traditional Australian Aboriginaland 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.Your study will be based on research into your own family history and traditions. You will undertake field trips to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islandercommunities and study contemporary culture and politics.In your first year, you will gain a solid foundation in art practice, visual culture, contemporary Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art andthe culture and issues it represents. In your second and third years you will continue the integrated, family-oriented approach to the study of AustralianIndigenous art along with studio activities including painting, sculpture, photography, installation and electronic media. You will also complete a major of your choice.Majors Expanded Practice Photographic Art Practice Studio Art


  • Aboriginal Art and Culture
  • CAIA Studio Foundation 1
  • CAIA Studio Foundation 2
  • Community Project
  • Conservatorium Ensemble Studies
  • Contemporary Global Art
  • Drawing Foundations
  • Global Visual Culture
  • Identity Project I
  • Indigenous Media 1
  • Indigenous Media 2
  • Indigenous Media 3
  • Introduction to Photography
  • Introduction to Western Art
  • Modern Art and its Legacies
  • Origins Project I
  • Professional Practices in the Visual Arts
  • Still and Moving Image
  • The Art of Resistance
  • Visions Major Project


Griffith University grants credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the following website: Credit transfer Griffith's innovative Credit Precedent Database allows you to find out what credit decisions have been made in the past. These precedents will give you an idea of what you can expect. View credit precedents for this program

Study pathways

Graduates of this program may be eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art (Honours) or postgraduate study.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
South Bank Campus International: $88,500 No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

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