The top 3 Creative Arts schools in Australia for 2017 are

  1. Griffith University
  2. Queensland University of Technology
  3. RMIT University

Uni Reviews ranked Australian universities by a formula using:

  • creative arts school size (student numbers)
  • student and graduate satisfaction with creative arts courses (% satisfied)
  • indicative graduate salaries (based on pay, study and unemployment rates).

Creative Arts definition

Creative Arts includes Music & Performing Arts, Art & Design.

Detailed study areas: Fine Arts, Photography, Graphic Arts and Design Studies, Textile Design and Fashion Design, Music, Drama and Theatre Studies, and Dance.

Griffith University

The visual and creative arts and music programs at Griffith top the subject rankings for Creative Arts in 2017.

The university is one of the largest in Australia for creative arts (5,212 students) and has a high satisfaction rate (84%).

Queensland University of Technology

The Creative, Design and Performance program at QUT is ranked 2nd in Australia for Creative Arts.

The program is large and achieves a good satisfaction rate (80%).

RMIT University

The Art, Design and Architecture program at RMIT is one of Australia’s top 3 for Creative Arts.

The university has the most creative arts students (7,939).

Overall Ranking

RankUniversityStudentsSatisfactionGrad salaryPoints
1Griffith University521284%$30,270178
2Queensland University of Technology578480%$32,307177
3RMIT University793979%$29,309172
4University of New South Wales466171%$37,621169
5Swinburne University of Technology381481%$32,192158
6University of Melbourne307681%$30,193158
7Edith Cowan University204084%$31,969154
8Monash University297282%$30,010147
9University of Sydney245778%$31,866140
10University of Technology Sydney513476%$30,137125
11University of Canberra162073%$37,411117
12University of South Australia244077%$32,490109
13University of Newcastle168682%$28,57092
14Western Sydney University210582%$27,70686
15Deakin University217282%$27,14485

Updated: 7 November 2016

Universities with small sample sizes for satisfaction or salary components are omitted from overall ranking.

1. Creative Arts School Size

UniversityStudentsUndergraduatePostgraduateInternational
RMIT University7939 6578 1361 2729
Queensland University of Technology5784 5316 468 510
Griffith University5212 4733 479 451
University of Technology Sydney5134 4487 647 519
University of New South Wales4661 3761 900 641
Swinburne University of Technology3814 3550 264 469
University of Melbourne3076 1518 1558 499
Monash University2972 2205 767 789
University of Tasmania2515 2394 121 49
University of Sydney2457 1508 949 382
University of South Australia2440 2228 212 215
Deakin University2172 1981 191 230
University of Wollongong2109 1977 132 170
Western Sydney University2105 1939 166 27
Edith Cowan University2040 1781 259 186
Southern Cross University1902 1878 24 9
University of Queensland1825 1462 363 229
University of Newcastle1686 1487 199 114
University of Canberra1620 1482 138 147
University of Adelaide1307 1218 89 66
Charles Sturt University1284 1187 97 6
Murdoch University1133 1084 49 797
La Trobe University990 869 121 38
Macquarie University967 736 231 121
Curtin University918 676 242 404
University of the Sunshine Coast851 795 56 34
Flinders University660 594 66 73
Australian National University617 574 43 36
University of Southern Queensland609 565 44 138
CQUniversity600 589 11 13
Victoria University559 476 83 53
Federation University Australia429 398 31 3
James Cook University423 379 44 18
Australian Catholic University409 404 5 19
Bond University374 326 48 74
University of New England367 339 28 0
University of Notre Dame Australia352 352 0 7
University of Western Australia321 249 72 166
Charles Darwin University138 124 14 9

Source: uCube Higher Education Statistics (Category: Creative Arts)

2. Student Course Satisfaction

RankUniversityGraduatesStudentsOverall*
1University of the Sunshine Coast89%89%88%
2University of Queensland82%91%85%
3Australian Catholic University84%89%85%
4CQUniversity88%82%84%
5Edith Cowan University80%89%84%
6Griffith University82%87%84%
7University of Western Australia81%93%84%
8Deakin University79%87%82%
9Western Sydney University87%79%82%
10University of Newcastle80%85%82%
11Monash University83%82%82%
12Swinburne University of Technology85%80%81%
13Federation University Australia75%87%81%
14University of Melbourne80%82%81%
15Queensland University of Technology78%83%80%
16University of Wollongong78%83%80%
17Flinders University78%82%80%
18RMIT University76%82%79%
19University of Sydney79%80%78%
20University of Southern Queensland78%78%
21University of New England86%68%77%
22Charles Sturt University72%80%77%
23University of South Australia80%76%77%
24University of Technology Sydney76%78%76%
25Victoria University71%80%76%
26Southern Cross University83%71%75%
27University of Tasmania73%76%74%
28University of Canberra71%76%73%
29University of Adelaide69%76%73%
30Australian National University74%73%72%
31La Trobe University70%73%71%
32University of New South Wales72%72%71%
33James Cook University60%75%68%

Sources: Course Experience Questionnaire (2014-2015), University Experience Survey (2014-2015)

* Adjusted to account for higher average satisfaction rates among current students compared to graduates.

Universities are ranked by graduate and student satisfaction, with a downward adjustment for higher average satisfaction rates among current students. For further details, see Course Ratings by Students.

3. Indicative Graduate Salaries

RankUniversityEmployedStudyingOtherSalary
1University of New South Wales46%20%33%$37,621
2University of Canberra48%13%39%$37,411
3University of South Australia34%31%35%$32,490
4Queensland University of Technology38%28%34%$32,307
5Swinburne University of Technology45%14%40%$32,192
6Edith Cowan University32%25%43%$31,969
7University of Sydney32%37%32%$31,866
8Griffith University35%28%36%$30,270
9University of Melbourne24%37%39%$30,193
10University of Technology Sydney47%11%42%$30,137
11Monash University33%30%37%$30,010
12RMIT University29%31%39%$29,309
13University of Newcastle25%26%49%$28,570
14Western Sydney University32%23%45%$27,706
15Deakin University33%24%44%$27,144

Source: Graduate Destinations Survey (2013-2015)

The indicative graduate salary accounts for:

  1. low incomes of unemployed graduates
  2. earnings potential of graduates doing advanced studies.

For further details, see Graduate Salaries by University.