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Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Griffith design student’s 3D-printed guitars hit a sweet note

A Griffith University design student has produced the first two 3D-printed guitars on the Gold Coast.

The guitars were engineered with the skill, passion and commitment of third-year industrial design student Adrian McCormack under the direction of Associate Professor Dr Jennifer Loy at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

Griffith student's 3D-printed guitars hit a sweet note

Griffith design student Adrian McCormack shows off his 3D-printed guitars (Photo credit: Griffith University)

The bespoke guitars highlight the limitless possibilities of 3D-printing technology and had their first public outing at the Blues on Broadbeach Festival recently.

The first design was brought to reality with help from Brisbane guitar builder and technician Rohan Staples at the renowned Guitar Shop in Paddington and printed at Griffith’s Gold Coast campus in seven components, while the second was printed in one complete piece by Belgian company Materialise.

Adrian says his wave design was inspired by the Gold Coast’s rich surfing culture, and explains he spent plenty of time studying the playing style and technique of blues guitarists.

“It was clear that arm support within the design was vital along with overall strength and of course, aesthetics,” he says.

“For the model printed overseas we used a bio-compatible and food-safe material called polyamide, which also ensured the body weight stayed roughly the same as a generic Telecaster body.

“For the locally printed guitar, once the model pieces had been tested and prototyped, they were printed over the course of eight days on campus, with around 200 hours of printing.

“This guitar print also featured a unique process called ‘hot swapping,’ which created the unique red and white finish,” he says.

The locally printed guitar will stay on campus, finding a home at the Griffith Red Zone, while the second guitar will be offered as a prize for a Festival-goer to be announced later this month and presented at Griffith’s Open Day on July 24.

According to Associate Professor Loy, Griffith is working hard to develop graduates who have specialised skills in this area.

“Our industrial design and 3D design digital media students are learning world leading software for additive manufacturing, and gaining hands-on experience of designing with advanced digital technologies, including 3D Printing, scanning and electronics for new design applications.

“3D printing is not just an add-on technology within the digital landscape—it has matured and now completely changes what is possible.

“We envisage that the students of today will have the jobs of the future, ones that may not even exist yet, but that are clearly on the way, with 3D printing alone being forecast as a 7-billion-dollar-a-year sector by 2020.”

About the Bachelor of Industrial Design

In this degree, students will combine a creative engineering approach with industrial design innovation and will graduate with a unique ability for innovation and creativity in Industrial Design while working within the principles of engineering. Students learn through project-based design studios and technical learning studios and learning through making, as the degree takes a hands-on approach to teaching that uses advanced technologies such as 3D printing, while also experiencing traditional engineering learning.

Bachelor of Industrial Design students will learn about design process, material characteristics, mechanics and electronics as well as 3D computer modelling, creative thinking and digital media. This degree also incorporates an international focus on digital and advanced technology manufacturing, giving you the chance to develop an understanding of how a product is created, from design to delivery, in a global context now and in the emerging advanced manufacturing environment.

Program: Bachelor of Industrial Design
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 3 years

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Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Griffith Film students touch down in Cannes

Twelve student films from Griffith Film School will screen at the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival this year.

The Neon King, a film exploring one explosive night between two best mates in 1970s regional Australia, will have its official premiere at the Festival, with students Cameron March (Director), Jordan Lynagh (writer/producer) and Danielle Redford (Producer) in France this week for the occasion.

Griffith Film Neon King Poster

NEON KING poster (Credit: Griffith University)

The crew says they’re excited for the opportunity to see their work screened before a global audience.

“It’s always interesting seeing the responses you get from people whose backgrounds vary so much from your own, and with such an Australian story we’re looking forward to hearing the responses and seeing how our work is perceived,” Danielle says.

“Cannes is a fantastic learning environment and provides the opportunity to connect with people within the industry from all over the world.

“We’re looking to make new connections and form relationships which will continue to play a part in our future work,” she says.

Invaluable industry connections

Griffith University is the only Australian film school invited to screen at the prestigious Festival and this trip marks the eighth year students have been offered the invaluable opportunity, says Professor Herman Van Eyken.

“It is the ideal opportunity for the next generation of filmmakers to make industry connections that may launch a coveted international career,” he says.

“We give students all the logistical support they need to attend—we send their films, we organize their artwork, provide all the supporting documentation and prepare them for the immersive environment.

“Being at Cannes is incredibly intensive, but that’s exactly why it works and can’t be replicated anywhere else.”

For The Neon King crew, following Cannes they will each continue to pursue their goals in film. Jordan and Danielle are working on a feature film with the goal of completion within the next two years, and Cameron is currently producing for Gold Coast-based production company, The Dreamers, who specialise in high-end viral web videos and TVCs, while he looks to develop feature films over the next few years.

Danielle says studying the Bachelor of Film and Screen Media at Griffith was a great opportunity to build a network over the course of the degree, which will now assist them to forge their careers.

“We had a great support network from our lecturers and fellow peers,” she says.

“They have also been extremely helpful in the lead up to Cannes, introducing us to veteran producers Trish Lake and Pam Collis who have been providing us with little nuggets of gold with their extensive experience and knowledge of the festival.”

Each film from Griffith will be screened in the Cannes Court Metrage; an initiative within the festival designed to encourage emerging talent, featuring more than 2,000 registered films from more than 90 countries worldwide. The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival runs from May 11–22.

Griffith Film School

The Griffith Film School prepares the next generation of filmmakers, animators and game designers for creative and exciting careers within the international business of film, television and digital screen media creation. Students will have the opportunity to learn from some of the most distinguished and notable experts, both industry practitioners and academics, visiting professors, fellows and tutors within the disciplines of drama, documentary, television, animation, games and interactive entertainment.


Would you like more information about arts degrees available at Griffith University? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Archaeologists find key to dingo mystery

The people from South Sulawesi in Indonesia probably introduced dingoes to Australia, according to research by Griffith University and the University of New England.

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Professor Paul Tacon (Photo credit: Griffith University)

Professor Paul Tacon from Griffith University’s Place, Evolution and Rock Art Heritage Unit and archaeologist Dr Melanie Fillios from UNE looked at genetics and archaeology to find out the exact timing of the dingoes’ introduction.

“We’ve long known that people from South Sulawesi visited northern Australia for many hundreds of years but it now appears to have been several thousand. We now need to search for further evidence of this in both Sulawesi and north Australia,” Professor Tacon said.

“This study is significant because dogs were the first species to be domesticated by people with some saying this relationship happened as long ago as 35,000 years.”

Researchers looked at five different groups: Indian mariners, Lapita peoples, a Timor group, Taiwanese peoples and Toalean hunter-gatherer peoples from Sulawesi.

They found that Toalean or other hunter-gatherers from South Sulawesi in Indonesia were the likely suspects.

“We don’t know if the dingoes came through early agriculturalists, hunter-gatherers or sea-faring traders. But after looking at recent genetic studies of dingo origins we have managed to narrow down a list of potential groups who could have been responsible for their introduction,’’ Dr Fillios said.

The lack of starch digestion gene (AMY2B) in dingoes further supports the hypothesis that the dingo accompanied a hunter-gatherer people as opposed to people from an agricultural society.

A sophisticated maritime hunter-gatherer culture was widespread across the South Sulawesi area for more than 40,000 years resulting in the initial colonisation of Australia.

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Toalean peoples were the strongest candidates for bringing the dingo to Australia (Photo credit: Griffith University)

No dog has yet been found in South Sulawesi archaeological sites, but the Toalean peoples were the strongest candidates for bringing the dingo to Australia, perhaps after obtaining it from people in Borneo.

“In Australia, dogs appear to be a relatively late arrival post-dating human settlement by at least 40,000 years.  It is still a mystery as to who brought them here, why and when,’’ Dr Fillios said.

She said dogs accompanied people into all corners of the globe and this relationship can be used to understand the movement of people and ideas around Oceania during the Holocene.

“Not only were they the first animal to be domesticated by humans, this relationship predates the emergence of agriculture, making them a valuable key for human hunter-gatherer migrations.”

The research was published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports this month.

Griffith University Place, Evolution and Rock Art Heritage Unit

PERAHU is located within the Griffith School of Humanities. Prof. Paul Taçon leads PERAHU in his capacity as Griffith University’s Chair in Rock Art Research. As both an archaeologist and anthropologist, he advocates multidisciplinary, multicultural and scientific approaches to rock art and cultural evolution research. The acronym PERAHU highlights the significance of water crossings in the human colonization of the region as a perahu is a traditional Malay/Indonesian sailing vessel, an example of which has been used for the PERAHU logo.

This focused research unit links Griffith staff and students to a highly collaborative international network of researchers and Indigenous peoples undertaking innovative visual, symbolic, landscape and cultural evolution research across Australasia.

Learn about arts degrees available at Griffith University. Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston for more information at shannon@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Debut single from young cancer survivor

Upcoming artist Chelsea Stutchbury has conquered cancer to release her debut single, “Vincristine,” with support from Sony Foundation Australia and Make a Wish.

The 19-year-old Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University jazz voice student named the song after the chemotherapy chemical she required for her battle with life-threatening lymphoma.

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Chelsea with Taylor Swift after the 1989 tour (Photo: Griffith University)

“At the time the drug temporarily affected my voice and made it go quite shaky so I couldn’t sing anywhere near like I used to,” she explains.

“The lyrics for ‘Vincristine’ were about my fear that my voice may not come back to me again.”

Chelsea was diagnosed in her last year of high school and even auditioned for the Queensland Conservatorium while chemotherapy was intravenously attached.

After finishing six rounds of chemo, she was accepted into the Conservatorium at Griffith University where according to her teacher Dr Irene Bartlett, she has witnessed her voice gain strength again with each passing week.

“My first impression was that this was a very sick young lady, she was incredibly thin, pale, no hair,” Dr Bartlett explains.

“But it was her calm determination and fixed focus to work really hard that impressed me most.”

Irene is renowned for her teaching ability, having trained Megan Washington, Katie Noonan, Elly Hoyt and Kristin Berardi.

Her students have also been recipients of prestigious industry and academic awards including seven Aria Awards, The Freedman Jazz Fellowship (the Music Council of Australia), the Montreaux Jazz Festival international vocalist competition, five James Morrison Generations in Jazz Scholarships, and two Churchill Fellowships.

Irene and Chelsea have worked together to build not just the technical aspects of her voice, but also to allow her confidence to return.

Now, Irene says she doesn’t believe there is a limit to what Chelsea can do.

“She has such a still and quiet confidence, she has a great sense of direction and she’s also able to take up a challenge…I think she will go a long way,” she says.

Encouraged by World Champion Surfer Layne, to continue to pursue her dream to sing, Chelsea is an ‘Aim for the Stars’ scholarship recipient and ambassador.

Kirk Pengilly, INXS, also encouraged Chelsea’s musical endeavours with recording and stage confidence wisdom. Meeting Katy Perry, Delta Goodrem and Taylor Swift also continued her inspiration to sing and create music.

Currently in her second year of university, Chelsea describes the experience so far as “amazing.”

“It’s great to be at the Con, it’s such an amazing environment to be around other musicians… I love walking down the halls and hearing a harp play or a violinist, it’s definitely an amazing university experience,” she says.

“I’ve also learned that you don’t know how truly strong you can be until faced with something of great challenge.”

The song was co-written by ‘The Voice Australia’ Musical Director Scott Aplin, also pianist for “Vincristine.” Co-producers and engineers were Kevin Browne and Adrian Breakspear.

“Vincristine” is available through iTunes and Spotify with all proceeds going directly to the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.

Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University is considered the most comprehensive tertiary music school in Australia. With offerings in classical instrumental studies, vocal performance and opera, composition, jazz, new music, popular music, musical theatre, multimedia and audio engineering, Queensland Conservatorium helps aspiring musicians to find their places on the world stage. The breadth of specialist degrees encompasses pre-tertiary, undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs across two campuses, taught by world-renowned performer-teachers. Relevant, cutting-edge courses allow students to tailor their studies to suit their interests and aspirations.


Learn more about arts degrees available at Griffith University. Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Griffith Film School salutes the Oscars

The movie Mad Max: Fury Road has become Australia’s most successful film in the history of the Academy Awards.

After being nominated in 10 categories, the film—directed by Dr George Miller AO—won six Oscars at the 88th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

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Dr George Miller AO receiving an Honorary Doctorate from Griffith University in 2008 (Photo credit: Griffith University)

While Dr Miller may have missed out on the Best Director Award, his wife Margaret Sixel won best Film Editing. Griffith Film School graduate Mandy Eyley was an Assistant Editor on the film. Mandy graduated with a Bachelor of Film & Screen Media Production in 2009.

The film also won Oscars for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.

Dr Miller did win an Oscar for Happy Feet in 2007. He was also nominated for an Oscar for Babe (1996 Best Picture and Best-Writing – screenplay based on material from another medium), and Lorenzo’s Oil (1993 Best-Writing – screenplay written directly for the screen). He also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture for Babe in 1996.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to film, Dr Miller was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1996 and was the recipient of the Queensland Advanced Expatriate Award in 2007. He has also been a member of the jury at the Cannes film festival in 1988 and 1999, Patron for the Australian Film Institute (2001–2004), Patron of the Brisbane International Film Festival, and Co-Patron for the Sydney Film Festival (2003).

In 2007, Dr Miller took time from his busy schedule to record a special welcome for the opening of the Griffith Film School building at South Bank.

In his welcome, he praised the foresight of the Queensland Government and the university in establishing the film school in its wonderful location, and acknowledged the contribution of Griffith animation graduates to the making of the award-winning animation film, Happy Feet.

Griffith University awarded Dr Miller an Honorary Doctorate of the University in 2008.

Master of Screen Production at Griffith University

In the Master of Screen Production, you will undertake practical work, integrated with screenings and discussions that will place your learning in a craft and creative context. The degree includes a strong collaborative component, which will help you develop a sound understanding of how your specialist role fits into the production process. You will learn through a problem-based curriculum, active learning in small groups and practical work placements that give you an opportunity to combine theory and practice.

Program: Master of Screen Production
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 1.5 years

Admission requirements

Applicants for this program must have

  • a bachelor degree in screen production (or equivalent) from a recognised university; or a graduate certificate in screen production and
  • a portfolio of professional work, which may include documented professional experience or other evidence indicating the applicant’s capacity to undertake and benefit from the program, for example, screenwriting samples, films (submitted on DVD), production experiences.

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Griffith joins YouTube creative partnership

A new program to boost Queensland’s rising digital workforce will see Griffith University working alongside local creators to produce global YouTube content.

Launched by Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade Jackie Trad, the $900,000 Queensland Creative Entrepreneurship Program will see YouTube teaming up with Queensland Government, Griffith University’s LiveLab and QUT to offer content creators the skills they need to take on the world.

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Richard Fabb is a BAFTA and Royal Television Society award-winning producer, with over 26 years’ industry experience. (Photo credit: Griffith University)

According to LiveLab Creative Director Richard Fabb, this type of collaboration is a first for YouTube and will allow students to work closely with leading talent to produce content for the world’s “go-to video platform.”

“This is where students watch content and increasingly it is the place where they can create content, too,” he explains.

“LiveLab is about providing opportunities for students to learn in industry and to produce work that finds an audience and this Creative Entrepreneurship Program does both—partnering with some of Queensland’s best YouTube creators to make content that can reach a potentially huge audience worldwide.”

Program elements, to be backed by $750,000 of funding over three years from the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative, include

  • Creator Original Awards, which will provide cash grants to leading creators each year to help them develop and enhance the quality of their digital content for YouTube and expand their global presence. YouTube will arrange for a handful of these creators to participate in a training trip to the YouTube Space in Los Angeles. For successful program applicants, Griffith University and QUT will provide access to state-of-the-art production facilities and equipment, project mentoring, and specialist support in bringing the creator’s ideas and projects to life.
  • Creator Days, to be hosted by Griffith University and QUT, will bring together YouTube experts, entrepreneurs, producers, content creators, industry partners and universities several times a year to learn, collaborate and bring successful projects to life.
  • YouTube Top Creator Visits, which will bring globally successful digital content creators to Queensland to share their expertise.

In addition, Screen Queensland has committed first-year funding of $150,000 for an initiative to match mainstream screen producers with top local YouTube creators.

Sanoop Luke, YouTube Partnerships Manager, Asia Pacific said the new program would help even more Australian voices reach global audiences.

“Queensland is home to some of the world’s leading YouTube creators,” he said.

“This initiative with the Queensland Government will help supercharge these creative entrepreneurs by providing funding, education and support for the production of new online content.”

Griffith University Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement), Professor Martin Betts, said Griffith is delighted to be part of the creative entrepreneurship program.

“The global reach of YouTube means the work of our students can find a potentially huge audience,” he said. “It’s great to be supporting Advance Queensland and working with colleagues at QUT and Screen Australia to build a sustainable screen industry and digital economy.”

LiveLab is the commercial production arm of Griffith Film School operating as an in-house production studio, the only one of its kind in Australia, offering students a unique opportunity to work in the industry while still studying.

These students are already showcasing their work to a global audience with a current YouTube project, Fruit Ninja Nation, a 13-part series of videos that go behind the scenes of the super successful digital game Fruit Ninja.

Created by Brisbane company Halfbrick, Fruit Ninja is one of the most downloaded games of all time on mobile devices, with more than one billion downloads since its launch in 2010.

The Queensland Creative Entrepreneurship program opens early 2016.


Learn more about Griffith Film School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Arts Programs Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com for more information!

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Griffith PhD candidate studies the art of offending well

Nathaniel is a Griffith University PhD candidate and conversation analysis researcher. He is researching how people show they are offended and how they hold people accountable when they are offended:

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PhD candidate Nathaniel Mitchell (Photo credit: Griffith University)

In my research, I’ve identified many of the nuances that come into play when people are dealing with impoliteness.

In our culture, knowing when and how it is appropriate to be offensive can be more valuable than knowing when to be ‘polite’. The use of email and social media comments has opened up avenues of expression that might be different from face-to-face communication. In my data, close friends email a lot, but they tend to say very little. Instead, they tease, mock and insult each other in order to show friendship. But it is clear that receiving teases, mockery and insults is more important than giving it.

In order to insult each other, these emailers have found new ways around their workplace filters. They do this through wordplay, emoticons, and purposeful misspellings in order to perform different types of “jocular mockery (insulting but not meaning offence).”

This data raised the question, how do they know when each other are just playing a game, and how do they know when it’s serious? The answer, they’re never serious. If someone gets offended, then it’s their problem. Yet, society at large simply cannot work this way. So how can they accomplish this perpetual non-seriousness?

Interestingly, recent research has found that Australians tend to make fun of people within the first 10 seconds of meeting them. Yet is it clearly not just an Australian thing. Scottish, Irish, New Zealanders, and some English do it too (as far as the research suggests).

So this means strangers in Australia might be teasing each other before they have even introduced themselves.

What I’m finding is that even though most people learn manners and the concept of politeness from their society (parents, teachers, leaders and peers), politeness may, in actuality, be a hindrance in our social interactions. It seems MORE important to know how to be impolite. You need to know when others are doing it, what it might look like, and most importantly how to respond, even when it looks like they are actually being rude. This extends from emailing, to face to face communication and onto social media platforms as well.

In fact, there is social currency in being rude when you do it right. Provided you do it right, being ‘rude’ can display wit and high-level communications skills.

Understanding how impoliteness works, how people deal with being offended, and how people treat mockery is a key finding in the search for “being Australian”. Perhaps teaching students that mockery is not always insulting might be more socially advantageous than teaching them to only be polite.

About the Griffith School of Languages and Linguistics

The Griffith School of Languages and Linguistics emphasises linking language, culture and communication; career-oriented outcomes both locally and globally; best-practice language teaching methodologies and technologies; and integrating language learning with linguistics, the scientific study of language.

Linguistics is the science behind the nature and function of language and how it is used in society. Knowing how languages are developed and used will help you gain a solid understanding of your chosen language.

Linguistics makes your study more useful:

  • Gain a deeper knowledge of languages and cultures.
  • Greater understanding of how languages work.
  • Prepare yourself for real world challenges and a global career.
  • Communicate effectively in many settings and situations.


Learn more about arts degrees available at Griffith University. Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Griffith performs strongly in world university rankings

Griffith University has maintained its position as one of the world’s leading universities in the 2015 QS World University Rankings.

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The prestigious annual review has ranked Griffith in the top 400 tertiary institutions globally, with an overall position of 329.

In two discipline areas Griffith is ranked well within the top 200 universities in the world:

  • In Social Sciences and Management, Griffith is now ranked 129 rising 14 places from last year.
  • For Arts and Humanities, Griffith is now ranked 183 moving up from its position of 212 in 2014.

Each year the QS World University rankings consider more than 3,000 universities around the world with the top 800 ranked according to six key performance indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, research citations per paper, proportion of international faculty and proportion of international students.

Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University, Professor Ian O’Connor, said the latest rankings reflect Griffith’s growing influence as a leading institution of research and teaching excellence.

“This is a pleasing result which consolidates our strong position as a foremost university not only in the Asia Pacific region but also on the world stage,” Professor O’Connor said.

“I am particularly proud that in Social Sciences and Management we are now among the best 150 universities in the world.”

This latest recognition follows the release in August of the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities in which Griffith improved its international standing and consolidated its position as one of only two South-East Queensland universities ranked in the global top 400.


Learn more about Griffith University’s graduate arts degrees. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Arts Programs Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com for more information!

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Griffith program puts spotlight on domestic violence

Federal Member for Griffith Ms Terri Butler last week launched the new Griffith University program – Project Safe Space – which provides journalism students with an intensive learning experience in reporting domestic and family violence.

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Professor Susan Forde speaking at the launch of Project Safe Space. Image: Kasun Ubayasiri (Photo credit: Griffith University)

An initiative of Griffith School of Humanities’ journalism program, Project Safe Space sees journalism and law students working together with victims and stakeholder groups to facilitate change.

Ms Butler said, “It is really wonderful to see Griffith University is engaging in two very important ways of facing up to domestic and family violence in our community, and that’s the way we talk about it and the action we take from it.”

“Project Safe Space aims to educate the community about issues surrounding domestic violence and provide a voice for victims,’’ says journalism lecturer Ms Faith Valencia.

“At the same time, it will provide journalism students with training in best-practice reporting and a better understanding of domestic violence issues.

“Our law students will have the opportunity to engage with the practical legal implications of existing laws surrounding domestic violence, and possibilities for law reform in this area.”

School of Humanities Acting Head of School Professor Susan Forde said the project was immensely beneficial for both journalism and law students.

“Journalism students will be producing news stories, radio articles and television packages which will all focus on domestic violence. Everything our journalism students produce is designed to educate, raise awareness and support victims and survivors and the workers who surround them.”

“For law students, as they move into the legal fraternity they will be able to better navigate and understand that space.

“It’s going to be a very challenging and sometimes difficult experience for our students but no doubt a rewarding and enlightening one.”

Project Safe Space is working in conjunction with

  • Domestic Violence Action Centre (Ipswich)
  • White Warrior Challenge Against Domestic Violence
  • Bravehearts
  • Better Life Psychology
  • R.E.A.D Clinic
  • Mentors in Violence (Griffith University)
  • DV Connect
  • DV Connect Mensline
  • Queensland Eidfest Association

Griffith School of Humanities

The School of Humanities is one of the foundation schools of Griffith University, and offers undergraduate, postgraduate and double degree programs at the Nathan and Gold Coast campuses, as well as online. Areas of study include Creative writing and Literature; Journalism, Public Relations and communication; History; and Social Sciences.

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Would you like more information about arts degrees available at Griffith University? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Governor opens Griffith Criminology Institute

The Queensland Governor, His Excellency, the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC officially opened the Griffith Criminology Institute (GCI) at Griffith University’s Mt Gravatt campus on Thursday, July 16.

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Vice Chancellor Ian O’Connor, Chancellor Henry Smerdon and His Excellency Paul de Jersey at the opening of the Griffith Criminology Institute. (Photo credit: Griffith University)

“All Queenslanders can be very proud that this institute through its excellence in both teaching and research now leads Australia in the fields of criminology and criminal justice,” his Excellency de Jersey said.

“Thanks to its new crime lab, Griffith is a world leader in the analysis of security and justice data.”

GCI Director Professor Ross Coomber said the Institute was a strategic consolidation of criminology scholars across the university, with an impressive group of external partners, representing one of the largest and most productive criminology communities in the world.

“In 2014 Griffith University ranked in the top 15 of institutions worldwide on volume of criminological output and has strong collaborative ties across the US, Europe and Asia,’’ he said.

“The institute’s aim is to produce cutting-edge knowledge that helps create safe, just, well-governed and equitable societies.

“We are honoured to have the Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey officially launch the Institute.”

The institute has six key areas of focus:

  •       Corrections and Sentencing
  •       Crime Pathways and Patterns
  •       Justice, Law and Society
  •       Policing and Security
  •       Prevention
  •       Violence

“The Institute will continue to strengthen Griffith’s place as world leading in criminology and to apply critical thinking and research for maximum impact and positive contributions to society.”  

Griffith School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Part of the Griffith Faculty of Arts, Education and Law, the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is recognised as Australia’s leading criminology school. At Griffith, criminology is a multidisciplinary field of study, drawing upon psychology, sociology, law, social work, criminology and criminal justice, history, and political science.

Griffith Law School

The Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry) at Griffith Law School offers a professional legal curriculum that focuses on core areas of legal practice and the legal skills that lawyers must have. You will have the opportunity to choose law electives based on your interests, including clinical courses that emphasise practical legal skills, insights and experience.

You can also double your career options, without doubling your study time, by completing a double degree. You’ll study two Griffith degrees simultaneously, giving you the career advantage of a special combination of skills.

  • Laws/Arts
  • Laws/Business
  • Laws/Commerce
  • Laws/Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Laws/Government and International Relations
  • Laws/International Business
  • Laws/Psychological Science
  • Laws/Science (Environment)

Program: Bachelor of Laws
Location: Gold Coast or Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years

Apply to Griffith University Law School!


Find out more about studying at Griffith Law School. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.