Policy issues

01 Enrollment target

The 'Industrial Design' (Intelligent Design) major only enrolls science students (candidates in provinces with new college entrance examination reform must choose physics as the examination subject). In 2021, this major will be enrolled in some provinces of China; if the students from other provinces meet the requirements, they will have an open and fair chance to choose another major.

Please refer to the following official website of the Admissions Office for information such as the enrollment guidelines, past enrollment provinces and scores of ShanghaiTech University for 2021.


02 What is the tuition standard for 'Industrial Design' (Intelligent Design) major of ShanghaiTech University?

The fee standard for this major is the same as that of the school, that is, 5,000 yuan per student per academic year, and the standard of accommodation: 1,200 yuan per student per academic year.

03 Are there any special requirements for the industrial design (intelligent design) enrollment of ShanghaiTech University?

First of all, the admission criteria for this major are consistent with the admission criteria of ShanghaiTech University, and there is no rigid requirement for painting skills. High school graduates who meet the college entrance examination requirements of the admission province (city) of ShanghaiTech University in 2021, and have a solid foundation in science and engineering, and excellent comprehensive qualities in scientific innovation, critical thinking, humanistic accomplishment, and artistic accomplishment, can apply for the ShanghaiTech University. The ShanghaiTech University will meet the first professional wishes of the admitted candidates during the admission stage of the college entrance examination.

At the same time, we welcome and encourage you to register for the Campus Open Day of ShanghaiTech University, and submit your portfolio in the Campus Open Day Registration System-Extracurricular Experience-Category-Creative Works category. The form of the portfolio is not limited, and it can include various types such as painting, photography, animation, video production, creative design schemes and works. You can assemble the link of your own work into a pdf file which is less than 2MB to upload.

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04 Why should you come to participate in the 'Campus Open Day' of ShanghaiTech University?

The 'Campus Open Day' of ShanghaiTech University is a rare opportunity to experience the open, cutting-edge, and vigorous campus atmosphere of ShanghaiTech University, and to have face-to-face exchanges with major disciplines and experience world-class scientific research venues and equipment. At the same time, regardless of whether the 'Industrial Design' (Intelligent Design) of ShanghaiTech University is officially enrolling students in your province (city), you can register with 'Industrial Design' as your first choice in the open day to participate in creativity and art In the experience session of the college, learn about what is 'Industrial Design' and what is 'Intelligent Design' with the characteristics of ShanghaiTech University. After admission, ShanghaiTech University will provide qualified students with an open and fair opportunity to choose their major again.

Subject introduction

01 What is 'Industrial Design'?

In traditional sense, 'Industrial Design' refers to industrial designers designing products, equipment and services, while paying attention to the function of the product, the aesthetics and ergonomics of the appearance, and the interaction and experience of people with these products and services. With the rise of the Internet industry, the extension of products has also expanded to virtual products.

In the setting of many colleges and universities, the 'Industrial Design' major will adjust the professional connotation according to the accumulation and expertise of the school, which generally includes product design, transportation design, and even environmental design and entertainment design. With the advent of the intelligent age, the name of the future industrial designer may become the intelligent design division. In accordance with the development of science and technology, combined with ShanghaiTech University's strong intelligent technology research and development resources, the School of Creativity and Art of ShanghaiTech University has also positioned the 'Industrial Design' major as 'Intelligent Design'.

02 What is the uniqueness of the 'Industrial Design' (Intelligent Design) major of ShanghaiTech University?

The Industrial Design (Intelligent Design) major of ShanghaiTech University upholds the overall scientific spirit of ShanghaiTech University, relying on scientific research resources and the atmosphere of technological entrepreneurship, and the unique high-tech industrial cluster in Zhangjiang, where ShanghaiTech University is located, integrating information, material, life, etc. The teaching resources and research directions in the field have established their own unique [Technology X Design] teaching system.

Our students are able to use both left and right brains to think at the same time, have broad scientific literacy and solid design skills; have the ability to understand and analyze various emerging technologies, and apply them organically to their designs; or use smart technology to Optimize the design methods to make the perfect integration of technology and design. From a long-term perspective, we hope that students majoring in 'Intelligent Design' can grow into leading design talents who start from a design perspective, lead the implementation and transformation of smart technology in the form of products, and generate far-reaching social influence.

03 What knowledge, abilities and qualities do industrial designers (smart designers) in the new era need?

Excellent industrial designers must have keen insight, empathy, fast learning ability, collaboration ability and creativity. The knowledge, abilities, and qualities required by industrial designers have always been compounded: technical, psychological, ergonomic, and market factors need to be mobilized to provide consumers with the most perfect service and experience through products.

In this highly informatized era, the thickness and breadth of knowledge has doubled, so the three dimensions of knowledge, ability, and quality have been upgraded to a certain extent. Intelligent designers in the new era must have the learning capabilities that meet this complex era, including complex thinking skills, research capabilities, and analysis capabilities. Therefore, they must have an interdisciplinary knowledge structure and learning methods. For smart technology and smart working methods, it is not only necessary to 'know how it is', but also necessary to know 'why it is'.

Smart designers must have a strong curiosity, an open mind, and the ability to connect with people. The world is now flatter and the barriers to using technology are lowered. Repetitive and purely technical work can easily be replaced. In this case, only those who are continuously driven by strong curiosity, and have communication and leadership skills, can simultaneously gain access to technology, innovation processes and tools, humans and society at both the micro and macro levels. In-depth and intuitive understanding of behaviors and trends, as well as system thinking, and realize their own ideas.

04 What are the advantages of science and engineering students in learning 'Industrial Design' (Intelligent Design)?

According to the traditional classification of disciplines, 'Industrial Design' belongs to the category of science and engineering. This major emphasizes rational design, a very important part of which is the design of physical products, the availability of products, the possibility of mass production, the sustainability of products, and environmental responsibility, all of which require our designers not to stop In terms of concept, it is necessary to put forward very high requirements for the rigor and technical content of the design. In this regard, children with a foundation in science and engineering have an advantage.

Advanced to 'Intelligent Design', you can multiply the advantages of science and engineering students. 'Intelligent Design' includes technologies such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, big data, and intelligent manufacturing that are in line with the characteristics of modern industrial products, requiring students to have a solid mathematical foundation and natural science knowledge. In our courses, there are also many practical aspects of intelligent technology. The basic courses of Introduction to Information Science, Digital Signals, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and other courses have practical links; advanced courses in the fields of robotics, human-computer interaction, etc., It also requires the accumulation of strong smart technology.

05 What kind of job can students who majored in 'Industrial Design' (Intelligent Design) of ShanghaiTech University?

China has quickly entered the era of digital intelligence. In the current and future of rapid transformation, a large number of intelligent products and services will enter the public's field of vision. These are the work and development directions of intelligent designers in the future. The [Technology x Design] knowledge and abilities acquired by students in our undergraduate education can open the door to design, technology, engineering or business-related fields for students.

After graduation, our students have a broad and diverse development path. If students choose to work, they will quickly integrate into the intelligent/high-tech industry, and have the ability to lead creative teams, or turn to the management of innovative organizations, and ultimately lead large organizations and companies. In terms of further studies, if our students want to develop on the path of engineers and human-computer interaction, they can also quickly connect with good basic education. At the same time, the innovation and entrepreneurship cultivation of ShanghaiTech University will also enable some students to start their own businesses after graduation.

06 Does the company agree with the development direction of this kind of talent training?

In the process of preparing for the profession, we collected and sorted out the job requirements of many employers in the fields of smart hardware, smart appliances, robots, medical equipment, Internet of Things, Internet, and design consulting in the direction of product research and development. Employers generally list innovation ability, logical thinking, understanding and analysis ability of cross-field trends, technology and design composite background, and communication and expression skills as judges of product development staff Important standards.

According to employers, designers with traditional design backgrounds are mainly specialized in subdivision work of design professions, but their development is often limited due to lack of practical understanding and strategic judgment of advanced technology. At the same time, entering product design from the engineer path often lacks the user-centric cognition necessary to transform technology into products, as well as the relevant research and integration capabilities. Therefore, companies are looking forward to the emergence of compound majors that truly break the traditional professional barriers, in order to cultivate new design talents with rigorous research and analysis capabilities, solid design skills and judgment, extensive understanding of cutting-edge technologies and processes, and skilled application of technological tools. 

07 Can I learn 'Industrial Design' (Intelligent Design) without art foundation?

No problem. The 'Industrial Design' (Intelligent Design) major of ShanghaiTech University will follow the standards of 'Industrial Design' education and industry, and through scientific training methods, cultivate students' design expression ability from scratch, so that students can effectively present their conceptual plans in a variety of ways. 

08 To what extent do students in this major have to master intelligent technology?

The 'Industrial Design' (Intelligent Design) discipline of ShanghaiTech University relies on the wide-caliber mathematics and natural science education foundation of ShanghaiTech University, and superimposes characteristic information technology courses, so that students have a correct understanding of the principles of intelligent technology and have a certain degree of application. The practice, and the ability to master the vocabulary of communication with technical R&D personnel, allows students to intuitively internalize intelligent technology. This major will always integrate the front-line dynamics of the intelligent design industry and the academic information of the front-line scientific research into course cases, industry reviews and academic seminars.

For our students, smart technology learning is not the end, but to master the correct learning methods, so that after graduation, they can quickly integrate into any work environment through continuous self-learning and inferences. Industrial wave of change.

Education resources

01 What are the unique advantages of the 'Industrial Design' (Intelligent Design) major of ShanghaiTech University to realize its unique vision?

First of all, the 'Industrial Design' (Intelligent Design) major of the School of Creativity and Art came into being on the basis of the strong scientific and technological teaching and scientific research of ShanghaiTech University. ShanghaiTech University aims at the frontier fields of material, life and information technology, and vigorously promotes interdisciplinary integration. At present, the school has selected 540 professors (255 distinguished professors, 272 permanent professors, and 13 teaching professors), including 5 Nobel Prize winners, 35 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 3 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and the United States There are 11 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 8 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and 3 members of the Royal Society. Researchers at ShanghaiTech University have published more than 200 papers in representative journals in the fields of Nature, Science, Cell, Adv. Materials, Cell Stem Cell, etc. as the first author and corresponding author. The school has made every effort to promote the integration of production, learning, and research in content and systems, and has made a series of progress in the transformation of innovative technologies. The main effort is to build a complete innovation value chain in which scientific and technological progress drives industrial development.

The School of Creativity and Art itself also has abundant teaching resources. The faculty of our college is composed of 75% full-time professors, and 25% external faculty from internationally renowned universities and companies, and 90% have overseas education and rich industry experience. Full-time design professors graduated from prestigious design schools at home and abroad, and have more than 10 years or even decades of industry practical experience; per capita has more than 10 years of education experience, and students are located in first-line design positions in world-renowned companies.

Professor Shouzhi Wang, the deputy dean of the School of Creativity and Art and the academic leader of this major, is a recognized master of design history in the academia, and the winner of the 'Gold Award' of '新中国70年·光华龙腾奖中国设计贡献奖', published works on design history with more than ten million words. The key teachers of this major, Mingde Gu and Professor Shimon Shmueli, respectively focus on design and technology. They have many years of experience as educators, mentors, consultants, and design directors in large high-tech companies and start-up companies in the United States, Israel and China; they have many companies such as Lenovo, Logitech, and Corsair. This product has made a direct contribution to the success of this product, and has won many industry awards including the iF Design Award in Hannover, Germany, the Japanese Good Design Award, and the American Industrial Design Excellence Award (IDEA).

In terms of intelligent technology, the creative technology experimental platform of the School of Creativity and Art itself has brought together many experts, professors and researchers in the fields of artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, industrial digitization, and virtual design, and has become the academic support for the research of this professional discipline. The faculty, equipment, venues and scientific research topics of the laboratory cluster will be closely linked to all aspects of student training, and the organic integration of [Technology X Design] is ensured in the system. In a small-scale, high-level, and closely interdisciplinary atmosphere such as ShanghaiTech University, this major also maintains good communication and cooperation with other colleges and research institutes, and has a good relationship in the development and teaching of interdisciplinary courses. Great convenience and advantages.

02 What kind of hardware and software resources does the School of Creativity and Art have to support the development of professional courses?

The School of Creativity and Art has a teaching space of approximately 5,300 square meters. The college has 1 Apple computer room and 3 HP computer rooms, equipped with a full set of Adobe, Rhino, SolidWorks, Unity and other important design software; 13 regular classrooms, 3 painting classrooms, and 4 indoor exhibition halls. The creative technology laboratory cluster covers an area of 2,000 square meters and has been equipped with equipment including: 3D metal printer equipment, robots, graphics workstations, motion capture systems, etc.

At the same time, the college is also responsible for the management of the teaching space on the first floor of the Science and Technology Center of ShanghaiTech University, including woodworking classrooms, digital model classrooms, and metal processing classrooms. Large-scale metal processing, digital printing and cutting, 3D printing of different processes, large For operations such as format laser cutting, we have the ability to land and manufacture products of different processes.

03 Do I have the opportunity to exchange abroad during my undergraduate studies? Are there any opportunities for further studies in the future?

ShanghaiTech University has established a good cooperative relationship with world-class universities to fund outstanding undergraduates to study and exchange abroad: Since 2016, a total of 132 undergraduates have gone to Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California at Berkeley, Yale University, and Cornell University and others have participated in the 3+1 exchange program; since 2017, a total of 31 undergraduates have gone to Oxford University, the University of California, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, etc. to participate in summer scientific research exchange programs; since 2015, there have been a total of 326 undergraduates Go to Yale University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Padua, Italy to participate in summer courses.

Since 2018, a total of 782 undergraduates from the school graduated with a bachelor's degree from ShanghaiTech University. As of August 2020, about 39% of the graduated undergraduates have gone abroad to study for postgraduate degrees, of which 15% have entered the global TOP10 universities, 23% have entered the global TOP20 universities, and the global TOP100 universities have advanced studies. 82%; about 40% of the graduates go to the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Fudan University, Zhejiang University, ShanghaiTech University and other domestic universities to study for postgraduate degrees.

Up to now, the School of Creativity and Art has cooperated with Carnegie Mellon University, University of Southern California, Los Angeles Art Center School of Design, University of California San Diego, University of London, University of the Arts London, University of Oakland, University of Maimonides, Argentina and other international institutions and institutions A good cooperation has been established to carry out and develop long-term teaching, short-term workshops, academic exchanges and scientific research cooperation in the fields of media production, human-computer interaction, experimental art, product design, and Internet product development.

This major encourages students to go abroad after four years of undergraduate study to continue their studies in this major or interdisciplinary field and pursue a master's or doctoral degree. In the process of training, this major upholds the concept of concurrent training in Taoism and provides students with useful guidance in the two directions of academic research and portfolio improvement.

04 Do students of this major have the opportunity to contact enterprises?

Since its establishment, the School of Creativity and Arts has established partnerships with General Electric (GE), United Imaging Medical, Huawei, Xiaomi, Dell, Lenovo, Nike, DuPont, Google China, Tencent, NetEase, Unity, Epic Games, Ubisoft, Chinese Industry experts from cultural and other companies have established good relationships and cooperate in courses, workshops, academic and industrial exchanges. In the course of 'Industrial Design' (Intelligent Design), we will focus on all aspects of teaching, injecting industry trends and requirements for talent development from the front line.

Located in Zhangjiang, Pudong, ShanghaiTech University is one of the most cutting-edge innovation industry bases in Shanghai, surrounded by many high-tech enterprises and scientific research institutions. ShanghaiTech University graduates are very popular in the job market. They have entered jobs in well-known domestic and foreign companies such as Microsoft, Tesla, General Electric, Novartis, AMD, Hehui Optoelectronics, Shanghai Securities, Bank of Shanghai, and Henkel.

For details, please refer to the Annual Graduate Employment Quality Report of ShanghaiTech University: