The Queensland Conservatorium is among the top 50 performing arts institutions in the world, according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Griffith University’s Performing Arts programs were ranked at number 46.

The list ranks universities across the world, and is determined by surveys of leading academic experts and employers who recruit outstanding graduates in their field.

It is the first time the Queensland Conservatorium has made it into the top 50, alongside internationally renowned music schools such as Juilliard, the Royal College of Music and the Paris Conservatoire.

Hitting a high note

“We are delighted with this result,” said Director of the Queensland Conservatorium Professor Scott Harrison.

“Our position in the top 50 globally reflects our determination to be one of the world’s leading conservatoires, and recognises the outstanding work of our faculty who have helped achieve this vision.”

“The undergraduate and postgraduate programs offered by the Conservatorium provide a world class learning experience, ensuring that our graduates are well placed to make a significant contribution on the world stage.

“The ranking also confirms the outstanding achievement of our internationally renowned researchers and the quality and impact of their work.”

World class teaching

G-CareyThe results come as no surprise to Queensland Conservatorium Deputy Director (Learning and Teaching) Professor Gemma Carey, a recipient of an Australian Award for University Teaching.

“Here at the Queensland Conservatorium we are committed to exciting and innovative teaching practices that put the student experience front and centre,” she said.

“These results recognise the world-class teaching taking place at the Conservatorium, which is reflected in the high calibre of our graduates.”

Queensland Conservatorium Building at dusk and at night.

A dream destination

Masters student Jessica Hort said the Queensland Conservatorium was a “dream destination”.

“As a current student, it’s great to see the Conservatorium being recognised in the rankings,”she said.

“I have been blown away by the incredible facilities and the immense support of my teachers, who are renowned performers and researchers.

“It’s exciting to be a part of an institution that is recognised as one of the best in the world.”

The world-class ranking comes as the Queensland Conservatorium celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Internationally recognised musicians including Dami Im, Jayson Gillham, Katie Noonan, Piers Lane, Megan Washington, Kate Miller-Heidke, Lisa Gasteen and Brett Dean have passed through its doors.

With players in leading positions in every Australian state orchestra, and a host of Grammy and ARIA award winners among its alumni, the Queensland Conservatorium marks a remarkable six decades of peerless music education.

A full list of 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject can be found at