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Responsible, Respected and Research-oriented Design Education!

Brief Introduction

School of Design, Jiangnan University, formerly known as Molding Department of Wuxi Institute of Light Industry in 1960, is one of the institute with longest history of Chinese modern design education and one of the earliest design program in China. According to the latest evaluation(2012) of the Ministry of Education, School of Design at Jiangnan University ranks No. 4 in Design discipline in China.

• Facts & Figures

The school is granted for System Design and Theory Doctoral Programs, Design Theory Master Programs, Fine Arts Master Programs, and Professional Master’s Programs in Industrial Design Master of Engineering and Master of Fine Arts (MFA); in the meantime, there are product design, industrial design, visual communication design, environmental design, public art and fine arts undergraduate programs. It is a large design school with more than 2000 students and 140 faculty, including more than 70% of the faculty has a PhD or Masters degree and many of them are selected in the national and international key program.

International Education

Within all programs, the school started, for a long time, the international course cluster, which provides more than 20 English courses every year, to connect with the internationalized environment and to enable international students to join our programs. In the meantime, the school has started, in September 2016, the International Program of Masters in Interaction and Service Design, an international program that is open for recruitment worldwide.

• The school focuses on internationalized teaching, standing on the big trends of developing from the single shape art to interdisciplinary development of design discipline, School of Design stresses on the problem-oriented and people-oriented humanistic design basis and design criteria, to explore design research itself, thus providing better services for industry, economy and social livelihood. The school has reached bilateral cooperation agreements in terms of teaching and research cooperation with more than 50 internationally renowned design schools and design enterprises including University of Cincinnati, Rochester Institute of Technology, Auburn University, Zurich University of the Arts, Politecnico Di Milano, Carnegie Mellon University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Aalto University, Eindhoven University of Technology, Delft University of Technology, Chiba University( Japan), Southampton University, Plymouth University, etc.. School of Design, Jiangnan University is a member of the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media (Cumulus). One of the Sino-foreign cooperative teaching achievement has been invited to exhibit of Swiss Pavilion in the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

• Reputations & Prizes

• Faculty and students have won numbers of awards in all kinds of domestic and foreign important design events. As the only school that won the National Industrial Design Gold Award, School of Design, Jiangnan University ranks the 7th in the global IF Award institutions in the recent three years, with 12 IF Design Award, 32 China Environmental Design Prize, 9 Taiwan’s Lite-on gold and silver design Award, and the gold and silver award of the 12th National Student Design Master Award, becoming one of the most active domestic institutions involved in international exchange and competition.

• Welcome To Join Us

The school is open to international collaborations and exchanges, and being one of the leading design schools in China, it is the efforts of all faculty and students, to work together with international experts for more sustainable international exchanges!