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Designing ( Ph.D. )

1. Training/Research Orientation

  • History and Theory of Chinese and Foreign Designing
  • Education in Designing

2. Program Duration and Credit

Three years generally, the maximum school years are not longer than 7 years (including the extension time).
20 credits of courses in total, at least 12 credits of academic courses.

3. Core Courses and Introduction

Chinese and Foreign History of Industrial Art
This course offers a through discussion of the historical context, characteristics of the times, ethnic characteristics, and technological issues in the development of Chinese and foreign industrial art, so as to deepen students’ understanding of the basic content and rules of the history of Chinese and foreign industrial art and prepare them for dissertation writing with necessary historical theories.
The course features lectures and seminars, including:

  • Teacher’s lectures: the origin of human creation, basic context of industrial art in China, basic context and features of Western industrial art, development of technology and the progress of human creation, and the relationship between national culture and the development of industrial art, etc.
  • Students’ seminar and presentations: personal understanding of factors in learning Chinese and foreign industrial art, exploring new progress in historical studies
  • Related literature reports, exchanges, and discussions

Studies on Principles of Designing Art
On the basis of in-depth discussion of the nature, features and rules of designing art, this course can help PhD candidates to learn about the basic methods of studies on design theories, equipped with profound theoretical storage, wide research vision, and solid research capabilities. The main content of the course includes:

  • Concept, features and functions of designing Art
  • Essence of designing art
  • Relationship between function and aesthetics
  • Development of technology and advances in designing
  • Reading of important literature and documents related to designing art
  • Students’ presentations on their own understanding of designing principles and theories, seminars by teachers and students to discuss the latest development in the field of research and frontier issues

Modern Design History and Theories
By means of in-depth learning of the development of modern designing in the global sense, students can explore the formation and impact of its ideas and theories on designing practice. Students are expected to improve their understanding of the history of modern designing in the world on the basis of basic context and rules of designing, and reach the level where they can combine rational thinking with emotional awareness to elevate their theoretical studies.
Featuring lectures and seminars, the course includes:

  • Teachers’ lectures in units, concerning the development of modern designing from the end of the 19th century until the contemporary post-modern era, including handicrafts movement, Bauhaus modernism and postmodernism
  • Students’ seminars based on selected topics of research, including designing styles or genres, and sharing of periodical findings after teachers’ lectures
  • Collective reading and discussion of new progress in modern designing by combining introduction, analysis and discussion by both teachers and students on the basis of literature review

Literature Studies on Art Designing
The purpose of this course is to enable students to acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of the classical works on designing theories from China and the rest of the world, to conduct case studies, and to lay a solid foundation for future dissertation writing.
Featuring lectures and seminars, this course includes studies and researches on ancient Chinese designing literature, modern China designing literature, ancient Western designing literature, modern and contemporary Western designing literature. Students are also required to share their learning results and present their own observations on the basis of literature review.

Design Aesthetics
The goal of the course is to organize in-depth discussion on forms, namely aesthetics, in designing art, so that students can understand the aesthetic objects of designing from the vantage point of aesthetics or even artistic philosophy. Students are required to master and apply the principles of aesthetics in academic and research work, laying foundation with the proper scientific and academic ideas for future theoretical researches on designing.
Aesthetic issues related to designing in classroom discussion include: Composition of forms, function transformation theory, category theory in aesthetics, symbolic representation theory, theory of stylistic changes.
Students are organized in class to share reading experience and literature analysis, plus discussion of latest development in the field of research and frontier issues.

4. Supervisors

Jianlin Ni, Shuguang Tu.