Students with talents in literary and other creative fields can find a great study home in Queensland. Sunny Queensland has many university-level arts schools delivering quality courses. You can develop your creative abilities and arts knowledge while enjoying an enviable lifestyle.

Arts Universities in Queensland

Every one of Queensland’s eight universities has a strong arts program. The bigger universities offer just about every arts course you could imagine. The smaller, regional universities tend to specialise. Some of them focus on the use of digital technologies — rather than the classical fine arts and humanities subjects.

Brisbane universities

Brisbane city and river.There are three main study options for students living in Brisbane, the state capital and Australia’s third largest city.

Griffith University

Griffith University’s largest campus is on the Gold Coast but it has a number of major arts schools in Brisbane. These 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.

Queensland University of Technology

The Queensland University of Technology teaches a large number of first-degree students in all kinds of creative arts. They include performance arts (acting, drama, film and television), music, visual arts, and communication arts (such as animation, journalism and mass communication).

University of Queensland

The University of Queensland has a strong arts program across the board. It has a relative strength in the literary arts, including humanities and social sciences. Bachelor of Arts students have numerous units to choose from, ranging from ancient history, through to philosophy, and media studies.

Gold Coast universities

Gold Coast beach and city.Griffith University

Gold Coast students are able to take many of the same arts courses offered in Brisbane by Griffith University.

Bond University

The Gold Coast is also home to Bond University. For a smallish university, Bond has course depth in arts courses. It is particularly strong communications and creative media, such as marketing, interactive media, and film and television. Humanities subjects are given a vocational emphasis.

Regional universities


Queensland is a huge state and has four regional universities. Together, they provide campuses in all the major regional centres.


CQUniversity is a spread out university with numerous campuses. The availability of arts courses depends on where you live. It has facilities in Biloela, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Noosa, Rockhampton, Townsville and Yeppoon.

James Cook University

JCU is based in northern Queensland, with sizeable campuses in Townsville and Cairns. It is strong in the creative use of digital media as well as humanities and social sciences.

University of Southern Queensland

USQ is a strong distance education university and offers many arts courses online. For students wanting to attend campuses or do courses requiring some attendance, USQ has campuses in Toowoomba, the Fraser Coast and Springfield.

University of the Sunshine Coast

USC is a young university and has a modern approach to the arts. Many of its courses relate to effective communication using digital technologies.

Arts in Communities and Schools

Arts in Queensland schools.Artslink Queensland, formerly the Queensland Arts Council, delivers arts programs and services. It provides regional artists, cultural organisations and schools with services and products to build businesses and create networks. The aim is to promote regional economic growth, community engagement and cultural development.

Artslink uses the Regional Arts Australia network and local networks. It engages with around 50 local arts councils and 350 arts organisations.

Queensland schools give every child and teenager the opportunity to develop creative skills and arts appreciation. For creative expression at home, tutor services such as Tutorsfield Australia help Queensland parents and students to find tutors in music and arts.

University Arts Courses

Arts courses at Australian universities.

Whatever arts field you are interested in, there is almost certainly one or more places in Queensland where you can study it. For many courses, there is strong competition between universities. Here is a quick guide to university-level arts courses in Queensland. More information is available on the individual category pages.

Creative Arts

The traditional (non-digital) creative arts include fine arts, visual arts, drama, music and film production. They are well catered to in Queensland (especially for Brisbane students). There are, for example, several universities where you can study Drama & Theatre, Film & Television Production, or Music.

Digital Media and Communication

The application of new digital technologies is a huge growth area in communication and design arts. Media design courses are offered at every Queensland university. Students study Graphic Design, Interactive Media, and Video & Animation. Other available courses where digital communication is central include Advertising, Marketing, and Journalism.

Humanities and Social Sciences

There are a huge range of possible majors for students interested in studying humanities and social sciences. If you’re not sure what to eventually major in, it helps to enrol in a university with a deep literary arts program. The University of Queensland has one of the strongest programs in Australia. For online students, the University of Southern Queensland is a popular option.