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Mission Statement

GDUT is one of the most important universities of Guangdong province. The school of art and design is aiming to be one of the best design schools in China and be remarkable internationally. It focuses on humanities and functionalism. It emphasises the combination of technology, culture and innovation, integration of multidiscipline and resources from various fields, and sustainable development and environmental protection. The mission of the school is to educate advance design professionals and researchers who can contribute to the development of China; to seek for a better way of education in China; to lead the application and cooperation of local technology achievements; to integrate different resources to create for better living; and to promote the change of Guangdong area from the biggest manufacturing base to the great innovative industrial region internationally.

International Role

The GDUT School of Art & Design is a trusted and active member of various international networks, and it is a bridge between international design and education and Guangdong (Canton) of China, the biggest manufacturing base in the world. We are building an international level integrated platform for design research, education, technology application and industrialisation. Now we have extensive and intensive collaboration on related aspects with many high level academic and design organisations in international sector. We have cooperation agreements or visiting professor agreements Aalto University in Finland, Illinois Institute of Technology in US, Konstfack in Sweden, Nagoya City University in Japan, and Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. We also have cooperation relationship with ICSID the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, Ornamo, the Finnish Association of Designers, OKM Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, Finland design museum, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, European Academy of Design, Nordic Forum for Design History, International Committee for Design History and Studies, etc.

National Role

The design discipline of GDUT started from 1980s, now the school of art and design is one of the biggest schools of China. More then 800 qualified designers and artists graduate from the school every year. It’s awarded the “key disciplines” of Guangdong Province and also authorised as the “Industrial Design and Engineering Research Centre of Electronic Related Products”, and “National Practice Education Base of Arts, China”. The first design platform of China for education, research and industrialisation, the South China Institute of Industrial Design (SCIID) is a part of the school. It’s highly supported by the government, together with other schools of GDUT, gathers resources from different disciplines and industries, and has made great contribution to the development and upgrading of local industries. Via SCIID, the GDUT design school has extensive cooperation with industries. It is the “Model Enterprise of Guangdong Province, Industrial Design”, and it has contacts with more 3000 companies around Guangdong and China. Our partners form China education field include: Tsinghua University, Tongji University, Zhejiang University, etc. Partners from industry include: Samsung, Mitsubishi, Lenovo, ADtranz, SIEMENS, Avarte?DANONE, iriver, TCL, Midea, ECHOM?ALPHA animation, China National Electric Apparatus Research Institute (CEI), KELON, etc.

Main Focus

Education in Guangdong University of Technology (GDUT) is a combination of teaching, researching, and application. With the superiority of aggregating resources locally and internationally, GDUT built a good environment for breeding new professionals. The university keeps working to build an education and practice system with multi-level, multi-channel, and diversification, to optimize the positive interaction between the university and the industries, to provide a better environment for student growing, and to cultivate a great amount of talents to support the developing of Guangdong and China. Base on the multidisciplinary background of GDUT, the School of Art and Design encourages interdisciplinary learning and crossing boundaries research following the 4E principle, ecological, ergonomics, economic, and aesthetics. Under the design discipline, the school is mainly constructing the four sub-directions, industrial design, architecture and environment, clothing design and engineering, new media and visual communication.

Faculties and Departments

Department of Industrial Design South China Institute of Industrial Design (SCIID) Department of Architecture & Environment Design Department of Clothing Design and Engineering Department of New Media and Visual Communication

Bachelor Level Programs

Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Design), 4 years, 189 credits; Bachelor of Arts (Product Design), 4 years, 188 credits; Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Design), 4 years, 175 credits; Bachelor of Engineering (Clothing Engineering), 4 years, 169 credits; Bachelor of Arts (Clothing and Decoration Design), 4 years, 182 credits; Bachelor of Arts (Image Design and Performance), 4 years, 182 credits; Bachelor of Arts (Visual Communication), 4 years, 175 credits; Bachelor of Arts (Animation), 4 years, 182 credits; Bachelor of Arts (Digital Media Art), 4 years, 190 credits; Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts), 4 years, 195 credits

Master Level Programs

Master of Engineering (Industrial Design Engineering), 3 years Master of Arts (Design), 3 years Master of Arts (Innovation and Theory of Painting), 3 years

Research Activity and Main Areas

Research runs through all levels of the school education. Both professors and teachers have assignments to finish research projects. There are positions for post doctoral, and research also could be done on PHD level, MA level, and even BA or BE level under the guide of tutors. In recent years, the school completed 68 province level or higher research projects, and currently running 80 projects on all levels. Published more than 900 papers or design works, got more then 280 awards, more then 200 patents. Research results got awards including IF, red-dot, and IDEA awards. The South China Institute of Industrial Design (SCIID) is the first research and production platform of design in China. It just received 150 million RMB from the Dongguan City, one of the biggest industry cities of China and also where the SCIID located, to upgrade to a creative research and industrial district. 2011, the team leaded by Hannu Kahonen, Vesa Honkonen, and Fang Hai was selected as the Guangdong Integrated Innovation Team and was provided 20 million RMB as the research funding. The school has four directions of researching: 1. Intelligent equipment 2. Integrated innovation methods and design strategies 3. Eco and sustainable system 4. Everyday living products

Doctorate Level Programs

P. H. D (Industrial Design and Innovative Product), 3 years

Subject Areas for Exchange Students

Our student exchange programs are mainly base on cooperation projects. Any subject under the four directions of the school can contact for an exchange plan. (1. Intelligent equipment; 2. Integrated innovation methods and design strategies; 3. Eco and sustainable system; 4. Everyday living products)

Application Deadlines

The deadline of application is normally by 31st May for summer term and by 31st Dec for winter term. Short projects could be applied during the term time.

Teaching Languages

Chinese, English

Semester Dates

Summer term: September-January, Winter term: Feb-June (time of the winter vacation is based on the date of the Chinese new year)

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

Studying: RMB2000 (242 Euros)/month Living: Single Room: RMB1000 (121 Euros)/month Double Room: RMB600~750 (73~91 Euros)/month/person Other living: RMB1500 (182 Euros)/month


Bachelor: 3296
Master: 178
Doctorate: 12

Exchange Students

Incoming: 10
Outgoing: 50
Others: 180

Teaching Staff

Professors: 33
Lectures: 60
Other permanent teachers: 20
Part-time Teachers: 4

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