School of Literature & Arts

Introduction to the School of Literature and Art

   

 Based on the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Literature and Art was established in 2003 and comprises the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, the Department of English Language and Literature, the Department of Art Design and the College English Department.

     The School offers four BA degree specialties. They are Chinese, English, art design and industrial design. The specialty of Chinese consists of a teacher training program and a non-teacher training program. The specialty of English consists of a teacher training program, an international-business-oriented program and an applied-translation-oriented program. The specialty of art design consists of programs for graphic design, interior design and fashion design. The specialty of industrial design consists of only product design at present. Up to nowadays, the four specialties comprise 1034 full-time students and 2908 part-time students.

     With the development of the University, the School has made much progress in its facilities and conditions. The University library has 23,7739 books for the above-mentioned four specialties, 891 titles of magazines in Chinese or English, and 379 types of electronic books. Additionally, the School has a reference room of its own, where more than 5,000 academic books and 101 titles of magazines are available.

     Under the School there is an industrial design laboratory specially for the students of art design and industrial design, which covers 1298.5 square meters and experimental facilities of about 2 million RMB value, and a comprehensive laboratory for all students and teachers as well, where lessons can be taught, videos can be shown and word processing work can be conducted.. Simultaneously, the University has a language laboratory of 1080 square meters, where listening or visual-audio-lingual-lessons can be taught.

     In order to encourage students to apply what they have learned at school to social practice and acquaint themselves more with social needs, the School has establish 17 contracted outside-campus practice bases, covering middle schools, companies and factories.

     The present number of the full-time teachers at the School is 107, most of whom were graduated from key universities such as Beijing University, Fudan University, Nanjing University, Nankai University, Sun Yat-sen University and Wuhan University. Among them are 10 professors, 35 associate professors, 10 doctor degree holders, and 56 master degree holders. Besides, nearly 20 teachers have been abroad studying for degrees or working as visiting scholars

     In addition to teaching, teachers of the School are actively engaged in academic research . In Since 2004, they have chaired and accomplished 3 projects of the State Social Science Funds, 4 projects of Guangdong Province Social Science Funds, 1 education innovation project from the State Education Ministry, 1 New Century education innovation project of Guangdong Province, and many other research projects. Simultaneously, they have published 26 monologues, edited or co-edited 25 textbooks, published 265 papers (99 of which are published in authoritative or core journals) and more than 60 papers on education innovation, covering journals such as Literature review, Literature Heritage, Foreign Literature Review, Foreign Literature, Academic Research, Foreign Literature Research and Works Contending. What’s more, many of these papers have been re-carried totally or partially in Xinhua Digest and the Photocopied Material Journal of the People’s University.

     The school attaches importance to the combination of classroom teaching with outside-classroom practice, the ideological work on its students and the development of students’ comprehensive competence.

     In accordance with the principle of being geared to the world, the school has been playing an active part in establishing ties with colleges and universities in such countries as Britain, Germany, Sweden, and in China’s Hong Kong and Macau regions, to promote academic exchanges and the exchange of teachers and students.