About school

Responsible, Respected and Research-oriented Design Education!

Brief Introduction

The School of Design at Jiangnan University has a history dated back from the modeling department of Wuxi Institute of Light Industry founded in 1960. It is the main birthplace of modern design education in China, and the pioneer and modeling college of design education reform in China. After 60 years of construction and continuous reform, especially undergoing the transformation of the new economy and the information industry, it has become a high-level design discipline featuring light industry, and having an important influence at home and abroad. It is one of the most active international practice contributors as well as the demonstration base for training outstanding design talents for the industry. As a pioneer in the practice of integrating art and engineering in China, it has won four times the National Teaching Achievement Award, and is the one of the only two institutions in the country that is continuously supported by the key construction project of the first, second and third phases of the national 211 Project.

The school is committed to build a first-class design school dedicated to innovative, international, and research-oriented design education, focusing on interdisciplinary system innovation. Being in the leading position in the country with distinctive characteristics of light industry, the school ranks in A category in the fourth round of discipline evaluation done by the Ministry of Education (2017), the fifth place in China's Best Universities Discipline Ranking (2019), and the third place in the postgraduate design program ranking done by RCCSE in 2018. It is also the key disciplines in the "13th Five-Year Plan" of Jiangsu Prov