The School of Design of Hunan University is one of the earliest design and artistic disciplines in China which was established in 1982. In 1993, HNU Design win the first prize in National Teaching Award, and in the same year was qualified to confer Master''s Degree of Art in the first batch, in 2005 obtained the doctorate conferring authority of the second-class discipline of “Art of Design", in 2009 obtained the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree-granting, in 2011 obtained the doctorate and master''s degrees conferring authority of first-class discipline of “Design”. HNU Design is director unit of the National College of Industrial Design Teaching Steering Committee, had excellent teaching conditions and take a leading position in the professional in the country.
Our school attaches great importance to international exchanges. In 2006 HNU join the international design art college alliance, and established close cooperation relations with Politecnico di Milano, Università degli studi di Roma La Sapienza, Turin Polytechnic University, design institute of Chiba university, Practice university school of design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design as well as Nokia, Motorola, Microsoft, Sony, Intel, Giugiaro design companies and other multinational companies. In October 2006, HNU School of Design was nominated as one of the world''s top 60 design schools by the “Business Week”.In November 2007, industrial design subjects was firstly named characteristics of professional subjects in the state-level, in 2008, Art and Design Experiment Teaching Center was named a National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center, In 2009, become the state-level Art and design Personnel training base, in 2011, established the China-Italy Design and Innovation Centre(Hunan).
Our graduates had solid foundation knowledge and comprehensive knowledge and welcomed by the employer. Some of them worked at corporations such as Haier, Changhong, Midea, TCL, Alibaba, Huawei, ZTE, Netease, Tencent, LG, and Nokia, General Motors, Microsoft, IBM and other corporation, and some Teaching at more than hundred colleges such as Tsinghua university, Zhejiang university, The central academy of fine arts, China fine arts institute, Shanghai jiaotong university, Huazhong university of science and technology, and more than 30% graduates go to other famous universities around the world to continue their study.
Hunan University (HNU) is a comprehensive national key university and directly under the Ministry of Education, the national "211 Project", "985 project" key universities. It has solid scientific foundation, engineering strength, unique humanity background and distinctive economic management disciplines. HNU has a postgraduate hospital and state-level model software institute. HNU now has 23 colleges, with 63 disciplines. HUN originated in Yuelu academy, one of the famous four academies in Song Dynasty, after the changes of the times of the Song dynasties, Yuan dynasties, Ming dynasties and Qing dynasties, the culture and education continuity has maintained very well. In 1903, Yuelu academy transformed into Hunan higher education institutions, and naming of Hunan University in 1926, finally, become one of the more than 10 national universities in China in 1937. In 2000, during the national college structure readjustment, Hunan University, Hunan Institute of Finance has merged to form a new Hunan University. Over a thousand years, the culture and traditions about this education institution has stretches without a break, so HNU also called the “Millennium Academy”.