The School of Arts was established in 2007, developing from the School of Humanity and Arts. Young as it is, the School of Arts is full of vitality. It now has 4 departments of Visual Communication, Environmental Design, Photography and Fine Arts that provide the undergraduate programs of Visual Communication Design, Environmental Design, Photography and Fine Arts.
Having 36 faculty members and 10 staff members, the School of Arts has some outstanding scholars in the field, including 2 enlisted in Zhejiang New Century 151 Talents Project (a government-funded talents development project in Zhejiang Province), 2 professors, 2 associate professors, 5 with the academic degree of PhD and another 5 being doctoral candidates. The faculty members dedicate themselves to the education and research, with monographs, collections and studies published and accomplished every year. Their recent major work in research includes one project sponsored by National Social and Science Foundation of China, 2 projects sponsored by the Ministry of Education and 2 projects sponsored by the provincial government. Besides, there are 3 text books published with a grant of the National Tenth Five-Year Plan of Teaching Material Compilation, and 2 grants of the Core Teaching Material Compilation Plan in Zhejiang Province. In teaching, there is one course listed as Provincial Quality Course and one project of the New Century Higher Education Pedagogy Reform Plan in Zhejiang Province Some awards among many are: 2 first prizes in the Zhejiang Higher Education Scientific Research Achievements Competition, 1 gold medal in China International Poster Biennale Exhibition, 1 grand prix in International Red Point Design Competition, 1 grand prix in Cologne Design Award international and 1 special award in America Northwest Photography Festival.
The School of Arts now has an enrollment of over 550 undergraduates. The school has been endeavoring to foster students’ abilities in work and renovation, which has proved to be a wise way to promote the students’ professional quality. The patents and honors that students obtained have significantly fueled the development of the school. By 2013, the students have obtained 46 patents and won awards in photography competitions both abroad and at home, such as Trierenberg Super Circuit of Austria, DPW Grand Exhibition, International Exhibition of Photography Macao, the 3rd and 4th National College Photography Contests and College Photography Contests in Jiangsu, Zhejiang & Shanghai.
In recent years, the School of Arts has been seeking to promote the students’ professional marketability in a more effective way. “Walking Lens on Campus” as an extra curriculum activity is held for students from both Design department and Photography department; “Hangzhou Lycrad Studio” and “51 Bachelors Club” were set up as growth enterprise studios. The experience accumulated and skills polished in the second classrooms help students win the edge in the job market, which is proved by the employment rate being over 90% over the years..