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The graduate program (Fine Arts Design) in School of Design, East China Normal University offers an interdisciplinary study and research platform, which includes five discipline directions: LANDSCAPE AND URBAN RENEWAL DESIGN, PUBLIC ART AND INTERNATIONAL CURATOR, PRODUCT DESIGN, ANIMATION AND IMAGE DESIGN AND FASHION DESIGN. Students are free to choose courses that interest them among these five different directions.

Aiming to bridge the gap between academic research and professional practice, the courses in the Fine Arts Design Program are project-based, class is combining with realistic project. The program focuses on not only academic research but also cutting-edge practical technologies and skills.

The Fine Arts Design programs specializes in Chinese-featured Courses, including Chinese Traditional Art Analysis, Chinese Public Realm, Chinese Traditional Garden and Architecture, Chinese Art and Craft History etc. In addition to the academic features about Chinese tradition and history, the program also promotes research topics bout China contemporary issues in different fields, such as Public Art, Urban Renewal and Product Design.

International collaborations play an important role in the Fine Arts Design program, which provides students with diverse international workshop, lectures and events.

For international students in non-Chinese language taught programs, they MUST pass HSK-3 (≥180) or pass the "International Chinese Proficiency Standard Test" arranged by the university before graduation.  

Courses of Study

Course Category Course Name Requirement Credits
  Compulsory Selective
General Education Course Chinese Language   2
Introduction to Chinese Civilization   3
Total Credits     5
Compulsory Professional Course Design documents index and study method   4
Material and form   3
Total Credits     7
Studio Practice Course Studio Practice Course I   6
Studio Practice Course II   6
Studio Practice Course III   6
Studio Practice Course IV   6
Internship   6
Total Credits     30
Professional Optional Course
(5 courses must be chosen)
Animation Masters Research   2
Experimental Animation Creation   2
Case Study: Illustration Design   2
Case Study: Poster Design   2
Product Design Frontier   2
Methodology Study of Product Design   2
Culture Study of Product Design   2
Engineering Research of Product Design   2
Design Industry and Business Model   2
Brand Communication and Management   2
Analysis of Contemporary Art Works   2
Contemporary Image Art   2
Case Study: Landscape Design   2
Case Study: Interior Design   2
Case Study: Urban Renewal Design   2
Research and Practice of Space   2
Research and Practice of Art History   2
Theory And Methodology of Mass Communication   2
Curatorial Project Research and Practice   2
Exhibition Histories   2
Urban Open Space Research   2
Cognition and Space   2
Costume Design   2
Traditional Chinese Textile Redesign   2
Jewelry Design   2
User Experience Design   2
Research on Innovation of Chinese Traditional Handicraft   2
Research on Sociology of Product Design   2
Art Ecology Research and Practice   2
The Research of Iconology In China   2
Chinese Traditional Art Analysis   2
Chinese Public Realm Analysis   2
Made in Shanghai: A City Exploration Tour   2
Hybrid Drawing: Sensory Cities   2
Chinese Traditional Garden And Architecture:Measurement Formation and Reconstruction   2
Future Career Thinking: Dialogue with Professional Practices   2
Chinese Art and Craft History    2
  Total Credits     10
Total Credits for 2 Years     52

Core Program Faculties

WEI Shaonong

Dean, Professor

Research directions: Urban and village regeneration design

ZHU Xiaoming


Research directions: Contemporary art

NI Zhiqi

Professor, Artist

Research directions: Contemporary art

CHEN Hailu

Associate professor

Master in Experimental Video Art and Experimental Animation at Central Academy of the Fine Arts,China

Research directions: Experimental Animation and Character Animation

Dai Tiancheng

Acciociate Professor

Program Director in Spatial and Exhibition Design

PhD, Southeast University, China, Delft Technical University, the Netherlands 

Specialties:Urban culture study; historical urban landscape study; port-city heritage conservation; city (re)branding

XU Xianya

Acciociate Professor

Program director in Spatial and Exhibition Design, PhD from Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Research directions: Museum Study, Urban Interior, Green Architecture

LU Jian


MA Drawing as process, Art & Design, Architecture Faculty Kingston University, UK.

Research directions: Art history, Design history

SONG Feifei


M.S.Arch.Pratt Institute, USA

Research directions: Digital fabrication, Contemporary Chinese urban public space

WU Xiaowen


Master in Landscape Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design, Bachelor in Landscape Architecture in Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA)

Research directions: Installation art, Landscape design to sustainable urban planning

WU Penghan


Architect. M.Sc in Urbanism from TU Delft, the Netherlands

Research directions: Public building, Building renovation, Urban regeneration and rural vitalization

LIN Jingjing


PhD from SAPIENZA, University of Roma

Research directions: Product design, Innovation of Chinese traditional handicraft

QIU Anxiong


Kassel Art College Germany

Specialties:Public Art and International Curator, Science and Art


MA from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK

Research directions: UX&UI, Communication design

GUO Wenqiang

Master from Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK

Research directions: Fashion Design and Styling


Master in Accademia di belle arti di Brera

Research directions:  New material research,Costume Design,fashion Design

HU Yikuan

Artist, MFA in Film & Video department from MASSART, USA

Research directions: Video art, Film theory

ZHONG Yunshu

Artist, MFA in Fine Art in University of the Arts London, UK

Research directions: Installation, Material art


MFA in Painting from Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, Italy

Research directions: Sound art, Video installation

Contact Information

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Tel: (86-21)62232013/ 62238353

Email: lxs@ecnu.edu.cn

(Updated on Nov.,2022)

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