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Mission Statement

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. 

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 3rd place in China's Best Universities Discipline Ranking (2022), and the third place in the postgraduate design program ranking done by RCCSE in 2022.


International Role

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. School of Design, Jiangnan University is a member of the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media (Cumulus), and a member of the DESIS Network. Being the host for the 2018 Cumulus Wuxi Conference, the school hosts international conferences every year to promote international knowledge exchanges and collaborative research. The Experience Design Frontier Methodology and Technology Research Center, Healthcare Design International Joint Laboratory, International Joint Research Laboratory for Regional Architecture Heritage and Future Strategy, International Joint Research Laboratory for Brand Future Experience Design are the major hubs for international joint research collaborations.

National Role

After over 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.

School of Design has strong tradition in partnership with industry. Our graduates have won the good reputations in the society. Many of them work in famous companies such as Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent, Haier, Midea, TCL, Huawei, Konka, Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design Group, etc. And most of first class design Schools in China have professors who graduated School of Design, Jiangnan University, such as Tsinghua University, Southeast University, Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Tongji University, Hunan University, the Central Academy of Fine Arts, China Academy of Art, Guangzhou Academy of Art, Nanjing art Institute, etc.

Main Focus

Responsible, respected and research-oriented design education

Faculties and Departments

Department of Industrial Design

Department of Product Design

Department of  Environmental Art Design

Department of Visual Communication Design 

Department of Public Art &Fine Art

Department of Digital Media Design

Department of Fashion  Design

Department of Design Research

Bachelor Level Programs

Industrial Design – Bachelor of Technology, 4 years

Product Design – Bachelor of Art, 4 years

Visual Communication Design – Bachelor of Art, 4 years

Environmental Design – Bachelor of Art, 4 years

Public Art Design – Bachelor of Art, 4 years

Fine Art – Bachelor of Art, 4 years

Fashion Design – Bachelor of Art, 4 years

Digital Media Design – Bachelor of Art, 4 years

Clothing Design and Engineering – Bachelor of Technology, 4 years

Master Level Programs

MA – Master of Science of Design – 2,5-3 years

Research directions: industrial design and product strategy, interaction and experience design, visual communication and information design, public art and handcraft design, design history and theory

MFA – Master of Fine Arts – 2,5-3 years

Rsearch directions: Environmental design, visual communication

MA – Master of Fine Arts – 2,5-3 years

Research directions: Fine art creation research, fine art history and theory research

MA in Digital Media Art Design and Theory 2,5-3 years

MA in Design-Service and Experience Design   2.5-3 years 

Research Activity and Main Areas


Conservation and Renewal of Architecture Heritage&Art

System Innovation and Design Strategy

Interaction Design

Research of Visual Cultural Heritage in Taihu Lake Area

Regional Culture and Visual Design Research

Design Methodology

Philosophy in Design

Doctorate Level Programs

PhD in  Design, 4 years

Subject Areas for Exchange Students

All the subject areas particularly in:

Industrial Design and Product design

Visual Communication

Environmental Art 

Application Deadlines

May 15th for Autumn semester

November 15th for next Spring semester

Teaching Languages

Chinese and English, with 25-30 English courses every year

Semester Dates

Autumn Semester: Sep 1st- Jan 10th

Spring semester: February 10th – July 10th

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

Around 300 Euro


Bachelor: 2727
Master: 804
Doctorate: 84

Exchange Students

Incoming: 15
Outgoing: 90
Others: 30

Teaching Staff

Professors: 132
Lectures: 33
Other permanent teachers: 2
Part-time Teachers: 8

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