Queensland is home to eight universities and houses satellite campuses of a few more. All Queensland have significant arts programs, though with different areas of specialisation. Students can choose to study at Brisbane, the Gold Coast or one of numerous regional centres across the state.

To see which universities offer your subject, you may want to look at the course category pages: Creative Arts, Digital Media & Communication, and Humanities and Social Sciences.

Bond University

Bond University.Bond University is one of Australia’s few private universities. Located on the Gold Coast, Bond has a reputation for high teaching standards and excellent services to students. It consistently rates at or near the top for course satisfaction among Australian universities.

Bond’s high ratings from students certainly extend to the university’s arts programs. Bond’s Faculty of Society & Design offers programs in well over a dozen arts and social science disciplines. These range from philosophy and psychology through to architecture, international diplomacy and numerous languages.

Communications and creative media

Bond offers a number of degrees in communications and creative media. These include Advertising, Corporate Communication, Marketing & Public Relations, Film & Television, Interactive Media and Design, Journalism, and Media & Communication.


Bond’s humanities program has an ingredient that is often missing from the field: a vocational focus. Major study areas include Australian Studies, International Relations & Politics, Language & Language Studies, and Philosophy.


Psychology is the main subject studied in social sciences at Bond. Bachelor and postgraduate courses offer counselling and behaviour management study streams.


CQUniversity.CQUniversity is based in Rockhampton but consists of many campuses spread across regional areas. CQU is known as more of a vocational institution than an arts university.

The University offers bachelor degrees in both Music and Theatre.


Griffith University

Griffith University.Griffith is a large university that spans several campuses in Brisbane and surrounding regions. The largest campus is on the Gold Coast.

Arts is one of the major study areas for the university. Griffith’s arts schools include the Griffith Film School, Queensland College of Art, Queensland Conservatorium, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Humanities, and the School of Languages and Linguistics.

James Cook University

James Cook University.JCU is the main university servicing northern Queensland. Its largest Australian campuses are in Townsville and Cairns. JCU brings a vocational emphasis to many of its arts programs.

Creative arts: media

JCU’s creative arts courses emphasise the use of modern technologies in media industries. Bachelor degrees are available in Media Design, Photomedia, Music & Sound Media, and Visual Arts.

Humanities and Social Sciences

JCU offers a huge range of courses in the literary and social science fields. Courses are organised into four main study areas: Arts and Humanities, Psychology, Social Sciences and Social Work.

Queensland University of Technology

QUT.QUT is based in Brisbane. For a technology university (albeit a particularly large one), QUT has a surprising large number of course offerings in creative arts.

Some of the courses offered in the Creative, Design and Performance field are:

  • Acting
  • Animation
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Entertainment Industries
  • Fashion
  • Film, TV and New Media Production
  • Fine Arts
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Journalism
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Mass Communication
  • Music
  • Visual Arts.

University of Queensland

University of Queensland.The University of Queensland is located not far from the Brisbane city centre. It is Queensland’s most prestigious university and is third in world rankings of Australian universities.

Most of UQ’s arts courses are delivered by the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. The Faculty offers modern creative arts courses as well as classic literary subjects.

Bachelor of Arts

Most arts specialisations are available as a major in the Bachelor of Arts program. The available majors include:

  • Ancient History
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Chinese, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russion, Spanish
  • Classical Languages
  • Criminology
  • Drama
  • Film and Television Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Linguistics
  • Media, Communication and Cultural Studies
  • Music
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Popular Music
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Sociology
  • Sports Studies
  • Studies in Australian Culture
  • Studies in Religion
  • Writing

University of Southern Queensland

University of Southern Queensland.The University of Southern Queensland is a mostly online university and is one of Australia’s largest in terms of online student numbers. It has campuses west of Brisbane in Toowoomba as well as on the Fraser Coast and at Springfield.

Creative Arts and Media

USQ has a good selection of courses in creative arts and media. Study areas include: Film Television & Radio, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts.

Humanities and Communication

The literary subjects are well suited to the distance education format. So it is unsurprising that USQ offers many courses in humanities and communication. They include Behavioural Science, Communication & Public Relations, Creative Writing, History, International Relations & Asian Studies, Journalism, and Social Science.

University of the Sunshine Coast

University of the Sunshine Coast.The University of the Sunshine Coast is a small university by Australian standards. It is set on a nature reserve located in a central part of the Sunshine Coast.

Despite its small size, USC offers a good selection of arts courses at the undergraduate level. In the creative arts field, the programs have a vocational focus. Study areas include Communication, Computer-Based Design, Creative Industries, Creative Writing, Design & Communication, Design and Marketing, Journalism, and Public Relations.

In the areas of Humanities, Psychology and Social sciences, the university encourages students to undertake a broad study program. Bachelor degrees are available in Arts, Criminology, International Studies, Psychology, and Social Science.