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Jiangnan University / School of Design, Wuxi

Jiangnan University / School of Design, Wuxi

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School of Design, Jiangnan University   About School of Design Jiangnan University, School of Design, was established in 1960, the school is expanding from the original Industrial Design Department of Wuxi Light Industry College, which set up the first Industrial Design specialty named "Commodity Modeling Art of Light Industry”. In 1993, “the Design & Art” subject of Industrial Design department was among the earliest specialties in China to be authorized by the National Education Committee to award the Master’s Degree and the won the second prize of National Education Committee’s Teaching Achievement Award. In 1996, the Design & Art subject was admitted into the national key subjects of the "211 Project". In 1995, the Industrial Design department was enlarged into the first school named with “Design” in China. Jiangnan University School of Design is one of the earliest Chinese modern design education colleges and the first national university set up the disciplines of design art. The school is a major source of modern design education in China.   Since its inception in 1960, the school of design brought together top academic leaders of China national industrial design and art design, young experts and outstanding contributions, including the National New Century Excellent Talents and Jiangsu Province "333 Project "of cultivation as teaching force. Over the past decade, Jiangnan University, School of Design has undertaken and completed nearly 300 major research projects, including National Art, National Education research project, National Social Science Foundation research project, the Ministry of Education-funded projects in the New Century Talents, Ministry of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences subjects "863" sub-project. The Academic Team has published more than 200 academic multilingual textbooks both domestic and international, and over 1,100 major journals papers, and nearly 2500 items of design patent were created and owned. Jiangnan University School of Design, is also the Deputy-director institution of National Instructive Committee of Industrial Design Education (China), and a member of Cumulus.  With powerful teaching qualification, educational level and integrated strength, it has maintained their national leading position throughout domestic common disciplines and exerted great worldwide influence. The School of Design has become the important teaching and research base for domestic high level professionals of design and art.   With the basic features of international advanced disciplines, School of Design established friendly relationship, teaching and research cooperation with many famous international design institutions and companies worldwide. Possessing substantial foundation, broad knowledge and creative abilities, the students graduated from School of Design won the good reputations in the society. Some of them held posts in many famous companies such as Haier, Midea, TCL, Huawei, Konka, Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design Group, etc. The others obtained the teaching position in many China national keystone universities and famous art institutions such as Tsinghua University, Southeast University, Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tongji University, Hunan University, The Central Academy of Fine Arts, China Academy of Art, Guangzhou Academy of Art, Nanjing art Institute, passing on the knowledge they have learned here. In the accumulations of practices, School of Design established eminent academic tradition and modest style of study and construct integrated discipline layout combined with art and science. Meanwhile, design educational system of teaching research with the character of intersection and integration was gradually formed. The excellent talents the school cultivates, is making significant contributions to Chinese economic and cultural constructions.       Academic Programs The school of design now has 4 concentrations: Industrial Design; Visual Communication and Advertising; Architecture and Environmental Art Design; Public Art and Fine Arts, 15 teaching and researching studios: Living Innovations Studio, Integrated System Studio, Interaction Design Studio, Brand and Package Design Studio, Information and Text Design Studio, Digital Media and Multi-dimension Visual Design Studio, Cultural Creativities and Strategic Design Studio, Interior Design Studio, Landscape Design Studio, Architecture Design Studio, Public Art Design Studio, Living Art Works Design Studio, New Art Form Research Studio, Basic Form Research Studio, Painting Research Studio, Visual Culture Institute The school boasts a group of competent design educators. There are 134 staff, 46 professors and assistant professors, 38 supervisors of the Doctorate and the Master Degree. There are about 1800 undergraduates, 380 postgraduates and near 40 international students and scholars.   DOCTORAL DEGREES Systematic Product Design (key discipline of “eleven-five” in Jiangsu Province) Doctoral specialty of Practice & Theory of Systematic Product Design is an interactive discipline. Main research fields include systematic product theory and design, systematic environmental theory and design, and product design history and theory.   GRADUATE 1 Master of Design Art The main research fields include industrial design theory and method, visual communication design theory and method, environmental design theory and method, industrial design and art design 2 Master of Fine Arts The main research fields include research of traditional fine arts and its history, research of modern painting art, research of environmental sculpture art.   3 Professional Master of Industrial Design   4 Professional Master of Fine Art(MFA)     UNDERGRADUATE 1 Bachelor of Industrial Design (Brand specialty in Jiangsu Province) The major was the earliest industrial design discipline of the country and the only brand specialty in Jiangsu Province. In the construction and development of 46years, it formed the teaching and research features centered with the integration of art and engineering, and had a great influence in the worldwide. Based on the combination of design, art and engineering, the teaching system integrated with teaching, research, design and practice with brilliant characters and systematization were formed. Its task is to foster talents have new design concepts, broad knowledge related to their specialty, high design ability, aesthetic judgment, handwork ability, and organizing ability. They are capable of modeling design, product development, teaching, research and management. 2 Bachelor of Specialties of Art design (Characteristic specialty in Jiangsu Province) 2.1 Visual Communication Design The major was one of the earliest majors of the school. The systematic teaching methods and brilliant teaching characters were formed in last twenty years. It attaches great importance to the drawing ability, and traditional Chinese culture, design theory, and related knowledge. It pays attention to the teaching about the forefront theories and achievements worldwide, the stimulation of the creative spirit and ability. It also tries to combine teaching, research and market practice. It fosters professionals engaged in market research, media research, visualization study, media planning, advertising design, brand promotion, packaging, book design, corporation identity, and display design. 2.2 Bachelor of Environmental Art Design The major was one of the oldest such disciplines of the country. It focuses on the interaction of multiple disciplines, and the combination of art, humanity, economy, and technology. It stands on the forefront of the major, pays attention to the training of visualization ability, basic theory, overall cultural study, and coordinating ability in designing. It has shaped the “Landscape-architecture-interior” teaching system in twenty years. A great sum of domestic influential programs were finished and won many prizes in province and ministry. The graduates of this major are competent of teaching and doing urban environment planning, architecture design, interior design, and landscape at enterprises, colleges and research institutions. 2.3 Bachelor of Public Art This major is both artistic and practical, both modern and traditional. It inherits the Chinese tradition, absorbs the essence of foreign art, keep in tune of the times, and attaches importance to the systematic theory, the handwork ability, the creative ability and the market adaptability. The students should also be familiar with the material and the craft concerned. It fosters professionals capable of teaching and researching on the designing of public space with strong art basis and integrated coordination abilities. 2.5 Bachelor of Cultural creation and Advertising The major integrates the strategy and idea with creative spirit. Motivated by innovation, oriented by the international and market tendency, it dedicates to the research and promotion of image productive force. It pays attention to the training of basic theory and design methods, basic rules and skills. It absorbs the essence of the international advertising field and advocates an open way of teaching and learning. Class teaching and social practice are well combined. It aims to foster people capable of ad planning and designing, teaching and management. 2.5 Bachelor of Multi-media Newly established with the development of information society, this major integrates art and information technology. It puts emphasis on the integration of art and science with brand-new teaching concepts. It also pays attention to the combination of digital movie, cartoon creation, network virtual product and computer game design. It aims to produce professionals on the advanced digital media design, planning, teaching and managing.   3 Bachelor of Architecture This major integrates art and science. The graduates of this major should have strong ability in visualization, handwork, and systematic basic knowledge, as well as relative knowledge of other fields. They should have a high level of designing ability, organizing and coordinating ability, and profound cultural background. It relates theory with practice, and teaching with doing. It takes advantage of situating in a design school, aims at fostering talents engaging in landscape architecture, garden design, urban environment design. 4 Bachelor of MFA       Educational Research Since 1980s, based on Chinese conditions and national traditions, School of Design is concerning the development of worldwide correlated disciplines and introduced the teaching conception and system of international modern design. It is continuously exploring the development design educational road with modern and national features. Main research fields 1 Research of regional design Main research themes 1 Traditional industry revival and Pan-industrial design 2 Protection and reuse of architectural art and heritage 3 Graphic design of ethnology 4 Product semantics and semeiology 5 Chinese traditional instrument designs 6 Comparison of Chinese and western design culture 7 Folklore and folk art design 8 Function of art design in cultural heritage protection   2 Research of humanism design Main research themes 1 Design psychology and effect evaluation 2 Human body engineering and sensibility engineering 3 Healthy designs 4 Barrierfree design and the elderly problems 5 All-purpose designs 6 Color design 7 Design history and technical aesthetics 8 Design application in left and right optical illusions   3 Research of ecology design Main research themes 1 Natural design 2 Relationship between art design and ecology system 3 Sustainable designs 4 Waste reuse designs 5 New energy use and product development 6 Ecological architecture 7 Green package designs 8 Cultural ecology protection and design   4 Research of digital design Main research themes 1 CAID and creative design product 2 Virtual design and virtual exhibition technology based network 3 Virtual network nerve 4 Network and multi-media with cartoon design 5 Parallel designs 6 Interactive designs 7 Immaterial designs 8 Creative industry and design   Resource Platforms Branch library of design Exhibition of design and art Center of practice and experiment “X power” International Design Festival Wuxi (National) Industrial Design Park         Contact: International Coordinator: Prof. Miaosen Gong, Miaosen.gong@gmail.com Secretary of International Affairs: Miss Catherine Nee, nhb@jiangnan.edu.cn   International Office School of Design, Jiangnan University 1800 Lihu Avenue, Wuxi, 214122, China Tel: +86 510 85911500 Fax: 85501491 miaosen.gong@gmail.com

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