School of Artsand Design of Qingdao University of Technology(QUT)was established in 2003. The Schoolacts firmly in Xi Jinping’s thoughts on socialism with Chinese characteristics and implementing the Party’s educational policy, enhancing the educational concept of “cultivating talent for the Party and the State, develop teaching methods for the new era”. Depending on the platform of science and technology of QUT, the School aims at China’s major strategies and the frontiers of design and education development. On the basis of arts, the School has created the unique advantages of integrated development in design, arts, culture, and technology, etc. by the combination of engineering, science, literature, and arts together. Thus, School of Arts and Design has formed the professional system with comprehensive training directions and distinctive disciplines and trained 6,000 graduates for society.
Now, the School consists of eight majors directions, i.e., Environmental Design (including Interior Design and Landscape Design), Product Design,Visual Communication Design,Textile and Fashion Design, Painting, Music Performance,and Art Studies.The School has been authorized to offer the first-class discipline of Design and Master of Arts (MFA)program. Meanwhile, the Discipline of Design is in the process of the precise cultivation for offering a doctoral degree program in Shandong Province.Product Design and Environmental Design are two majors in the program of national first-class discipline construction for offering bachelor’s degree.
At present, there are nearly 1,200 undergraduates and nearly 300 postgraduates studying at School of Arts and Design. Currently, there are 99 faculty members, 84 of whom full-time teachers, including 12 professors, 33 associate professors, with 17 doctoral degree supervisors. The School attaches great importance to the construction of a talent team, leading to the continuous and significant improvement of the structure of teachers and the overall level of cultivation. Then a team of teachers with excellent morality, consummate teaching skills, and the good developmental trends has been gradually established. Teachers have successively been awarded such prizes as Bao Gang Award for Outstanding Teachers, Young and Middle-aged Experts with Outstanding Contributions in Shandong Province, and Outstanding Graduate Instructors in Shandong Province. Besides, outstanding graduates and alumni can be found in the fields of arts and design at home and abroad, including architectural and landscape design, industrial design of household appliances, intelligent interaction design, interior design, visual communication, ceramic art, cultural and creative design, art creation, cultural heritage studies, and art studies, etc. They have gained great achievements in these fields.
The School has enormous potential in innovation, design services, and studies thanks to great facilities and experimental labs for teaching and scientific research, including the Center for Arts and Design, libraries and reference rooms, the Research Center for Qingdao Intelligent Interaction and Industrial Product Design,QUT Traditional Design Gene Liberal Arts Laboratory,Research Center for New Fabric Researchand Development and Intelligent Wearable Design, Institute of Industrial Design and Brand Studies, Institute of Art ofCalligraphy,Institute of Architectural Art,Institute of New Painting Materials, and Institute of Modern Ink Painting, etc.The School has established practice bases and workstations invarious aspects with enterprises such as Haier, Hisense, DecaiGroup,CRRC Qingdao Sifang Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co., Ltd., etc. In the meantime, cooperation has also been built with universities in Australia, Russia, the United States, Japan, South Korea, Hungary, and other countries.As the only representative of universities, the School participated in the 2018 SCO Summit Asia-Pacific Handicraft Expo.Moreover, the School has successively hosted such professional competitions as China Universities Industrial Design Competition (Shandong Division) for four years.
In recent years, the School has been approved for more than 20 projectsofthe National Social Science FundofChina, the Humanities and Social Science Fund of the Ministry of Education of China, and the Social Science Planning Project of Shandong Province of China. The School has published over 400 academic papers and more than 20 textbooksor academic monographs, one of which was selected as one of the national programs of textbook publishment for vocational education supported by the 13th Five-Year Plan for Economic and Social Development of the People’s Republic of China (the 13th Five-Year Plan). The School has also over 50 invention patents and has participated inmore than 200 professional exhibitions at national or provincial levels.Teachers and students have successively won the “Challenge Cup” Entrepreneurship Competition, China College Students’ “Internet+” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, Red Dot Award, A Design Award & Competition, Asian Design Award, China Design Red Star Award, National College Mechanical Innovation Design Competition, China Hardware Products International Design Awards, Outstanding Achievement Award for Urban Construction in Shandong Province, Taishan Literature and Art Award, and many other achievements.
Firmly insisting on the fundamental task of cultivating virtues and morality, the School solidly promotes“three-dimensionaleducation” and implements the concept of “educating five domains simultaneously”, thus building the unique brand of“arts forideology and politics”.With talent training quality as the core, the School focuses on the cultivation of innovative ability and promotes the cross-integration of disciplines, forming the distinctive “1+N” teaching model.In this way, by continuously improving the innovative and creative abilities and comprehensive qualities of the students, the School has cultivated many art talents with high and professional qualifications. Graduates have good employment situations with various choices of job positions, flexible and good adaptation to society, and great popularity among employers.