In compliance to the requirements of the Made in China 2025 Zhejiang Action Plan”，corresponding to the position of Hangzhou as an international fashion capital in Zhejiang Province, as well as in support of the development of the fashion industry, Hangzhou Wanxiang Polytechnic’s Design and Creativity Department has been designated as the model department to develop and nurture our students to become well informed and well trained for the international fashion and creative industry. Our courses aim to widen our students’ horizons and gain competitive edge following the direction of the “Three Creative Spirits” set by school founder, Mr. Lu Guanqiu. Located in Zhejiang province, our institution aims to generate highly technical and skilled talents for fashion design and modern creative industry in the Yangtze River Delta.
The Design and Creativity Department’s team of faculty and staff is made up by talents and experts in the following five majors- Fashion Design and Crafts, Industrial Design, Business Administration (entrepreneurial management orientation ), Humanity and Art, Ideology and Politics Education. Within these five majors, the Fashion Design and Crafts major is a Priority Major in the National 13th Five-Year Plan and is also a National Core Major.
We have a double-qualified faculty team with exceptional teaching standards and vast induetry experience. The team is well-structured and balanced in the various areas of specialization. Our department has 51 faculty members, including 3 professors and 13 associate professors. 38 faculty members obtained master's degree or above, 28 are double-qualified and 3 are provincial-level team leaders. In the past three years, our faculty were awarded 6 national and provincial teaching and research projects, 3 industry-university collaborative projects in Hangzhou and over 20 provincial and municipal projects such as Zhejiang New Century Education reform project and Zhejiang Classroom Teaching Reform project. The teaching and research level of our faculty has been continuously advancing.
By adhering to the concept of reform and innovation, our department has created a hardworking and pioneering atmosphere both in the studying and teaching environments, attaching importance to the implementation of a holistic approach in educational development.We have achieved extraordinary curriculum results: numerous course awards from provincial, municipal and college-level recognizing the outstanding quality of our curriculum. Throughout the years, our students have continuously won prizes in National , Provincial and municipal-level competitions , including the world renown IF Award and IDEA award. To date we have earned more than 10 national awards, 50 provincial awards, and 60 municipal awards.
The department integrated the teaching, learning, and doing model to strengthen our students' technical skills.We have more than 30 professional training facilities on campus, including 3-D cutting lab, CAD training room, design studio and more. There are also off-campus practical-training bases such as Zhejiang BaiNiao Clothing Co., Ltd., Huali Maker Community, Hangzhou Tengying Industrial Product Design Co., Ltd., Zhejiang Provincial Museum, May Fourth Constitution Museum, Nanjing Civil War Museum and Du Jinsheng Former Residence. We also earned honors such as Hangzhou Intangible Cultural Heritage University Research Base, West Lake District Intangible Cultural Heritage University Hall from provincial and central government for our outstanding accomplishment in combining the regional intangible cultural heritage and the cultivation of students' humanistic qualities.
We have continuously elevated our globalization process, and actively promoted international exchanges of students and faculty. In 2019 we held the first international apparel academic seminar on our campus, and subsequently signed cooperation agreements with renowned domestic universities like Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Kunshan University of Science and Technology as well as institutions abroad such as York University in Canada. We have already sent 37 students to Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Hong Kong Design Institute for 3D creation and fashion image design projects and we plan to continue on that path.