Schools Architecture and Art Programs

Architecture and Art

Undergraduate Graduate

    Undergraduate Education

    Architecture Major: Department of Architecture began in 1995 and recruited the first five-year undergraduate students, has had the right to offer the master degree of Architecture since 2005, has had the doctoral programs of Architecture and Urban Planning Design since 2012. The undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of Architecture passed the nationally professional assessment of undergraduate and post-graduate education in 2012. The specialty training programme of Architecture is contained in National Educating and Training Outstanding Engineers Plan. At present, the Department of Architecture has more than 30 full-time teachers, including 4 professors (3 doctoral supervisors), 6 associate professors and 4 national first-class registered architects.


    Urban and Rural Planning MajorUrban and Rural Planning major of Central South University was founded in 1993, and five-year undergraduate recruitment began in 2000, with two classes being enrolled each year. It was named the key major at the university level in 2007. In 2009 and 2013, Urban and Rural Planning major respectively passed national undergraduate education assessment and re-evaluation. At present, the department has the excellent teaching staff, including two professors and seven associate professors, and is equipped with rational educational system, curriculum and complete teaching laboratory facilities, and focuses on cultivating innovative, and application-oriented urban and rural planning professionals.


    Industrial Design Major: Department of Industrial design was established in 1993. There are 13 faculty members, including 1 professor, 5 associate professors. All members have abundant ability of design practice. We have advanced training system, and complete training bases, including 3 design studios and 2 teaching and practicing bases. Based on the background of the “Grand Art and the Grand Design”, we pay attention to design thinking, design theory, design skills of the students in their semester of teaching and training.


    Environmental Art Design Major: The environmental art design major was established in 1993, it is the only major that offers both master of environmental design art degree and master of art degree in the province of Hunan. Our research focuses on interior designs and landscape designs. There are 10 faculty members in the major currently, with one full-time professor and three associate professors. Most of our faculty members have Ph.D degrees, and five postgraduate supervisors. Our major believes in and adheres to the principle of "Grand Art, Grand Design, Grand Environment", and is aimed at cultivating high-level talents who have good command of basic theory in environmental design and have well developed abilities in practical applications. The graduates from our major will master the necessary innovative knowledge systematically in the area of modern art design, and will have skills of applying theory into practice. They are capable of conducting research or education in the field of environmental art design.


    Visual Communication Design major: Aiming at studying all kinds of image information, visual communication design contains the direction of visual communication design and digital media design. With its deep penetration, the design of visual communication and media has developed comprehensively from the traditional medium of design field to the multi-field, multi-media, all-round integration, such as the overall visual image planning, branding, exhibition planning, paper media, electronic media, and user interface design.


    Digital Media Design major: Digital Media Design Major was established in 2008. The aims of this major are the integration of both theory and practice in digital media area for students to be ready to work in the contemporary digital media design industry. There are five staffs (including a professor and an associate professor, three lecturers) with professional digital media industry experience. Students could benefit from our specialist facilities including two digital design labs (virtual environment and stop motion animation) and computer studios. We also have strong connections with local digital media companies that could provide practice opportunity for students. The specific designed courses will equip students with creative thinking and technological skills, good organizational and communication capabilities for working well both independently and as part of a team. It focuses and enhances students’ skill in areas of digital media design, such as moving image and animation, image manipulation and film production, graphic user interface and information design.


    Music and Dance major: From 2006Department of music and dance began to offer three majors: vocal music, piano, dance, and the main purpose of this department is to train talents in music and dance performances. There are 27 full-time teachers, including 4 professors, 3 associate professors, 18 lecturers, and 2 teaching assistants. It is a young team but it’s also full of enthusiasm and dedication. The modernization of teaching venues and facilities of this Department is in the leading position among the similar institutions. Also, it plays a positive role in daily teaching and artistic practice. At the same time, it lays a solid foundation for the cultivation of high level talents in music and dance.

    Postgraduate Education

    Architecture master program has four directions: Architectural Design and Theory aims to explore the architectural creation rules and methods, and future development trends of architectural design; Architectural History and Theory researches on conservation and regeneration of historic buildings, Hunan regional settlement culture etc.; Urban Design and Theory studies on urban theory and urban development law; Building Science researches new building materials, building thermal environment and energy saving, Hunan regional architectural adapting technology.


    Research direction Code

    Research direction English Name



    Urban design and theory



    Architectural technology science



    Architectural history and theory



    Architectural design and theory



    Modern Urban-Rural Planning is a comprehensive discipline whose research object is urban-rural built environment and cores are urban-rural land usage and planning of urban-rural material space. It is comprised of urban-rural development policies, urban-rural planning theory, construction and management of urban-rural and some other social businesses. The training objectives of urban-rural master graduate in our college are: to inherit and carry forward the academic tradition of rigor, pragmatism and innovation; to cultivate the ability of urban-rural planning engineering design and practice; to cultivate the ability and attainment of solving specific problems; to obtain multidiscipline education developing advantages based on the cores of urban-rural planning, architecture and landscape architecture; to persist theoretical innovation; to integrate teaching and scientific research and practice closely; to cultivate the urban-rural construction and management talents for the society and the future who have the initiative and innovation abilities.


    Main research direction: Development of regional and urban spatial, Urban development control and urban design, Urban-rural residential community planning and design, urban renewal and urban-rural historic protection planning, Urban-rural ecological environment and sustainable development, Urban-rural planning management and information technology.


    The master of Landscape architecture is a professional program mainly fostering practical, inter-disciplinary and high-quality graduates with the environmental knowledge of related area. Students develop individual programs of independent research in one of four areas: landscape architecture planning and design; landscape resources and landscape heritage conservation; landscape ecological science and landscape architecture and gardening history and theory research. Expert faculty advisors has clear field of research and feature of interdisciplinary, They combine theory with practice, emphasize the cultivation of high-quality and development of graduates.


    Introduction for MA Fine Art The degree of MA Fine Art has two directions, including painting and calligraphy. The programme aims to cultivate talents of high-level systematic professional knowledge and skills and to train postgraduates to be competent for the work of education, management, plan, etc. In the process of cultivation, we highlight the characteristics of fine art major and focus on practical learning as well as theoretical study. The students are trained with a systematic and comprehensive teaching method in the area of painting and calligraphy.


    Master of Design Programme: This is a high-level academic system of cultivating talents on arts. Design is a creative process in form of transforming plan and idea into visual communication. It is an integrated discipline for researching on design phenomenon, rule and practices and combines art with science, techniques with aesthetics, planning with creating, market with users. Through the education of design principle and methods of design creation and research, we aim to cultivate creative designers who can independently work on both practice and theory with professional designing logistics, minds and techniques. We now have four main research areas: Visual Communication Design, Product Design and Strategy, Environment Design and Digital Media Design with 3-5 years learning periods. 


    Master of Fine Arts Programme: This programme is a high-level and practice-orienting system of cultivating talents of arts. We aim to empower students with both theory and practices through teaching, technique training and art projects. There are four main directions: Art Design, Fine Arts, Music and Dance. Art Designs covers three areas, including visual communications design, product design and environment art design. It also has combined with art management and digital media design that has become a cross-discipline subject with its own characteristics. The learning periods are 3-5 years. 



    Doctoral Education

    Introduction on Doctoral Students Majoring Training Plan in Urban-Rural Planning of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Planning Design

    Training targets: Based on the master's degree, graduate student must learn doctoral degree programs and research doctoral thesis, cultivate the spirit of loving our socialist motherland, master the world outlook and methodology of Marxism, possess proficient foreign language and computer skills, master the solid theoretical foundation and systematic professional knowledge, gain superior ability of independent scientific research. Through the above study and research, doctor graduate student should become a advanced specialized talent at moral, intellectualphysical all-round development on urban-rural development and regional planning and design.


    Main research areas: Urban-rural Development and regional planningUrban and rural ecological environment and infrastructure planningUrban development control and urban designUrban and rural residential district planning and designUrban-rural historical development and heritage conservationUrban-rural planning management and information technology.


    Training method: The training of doctoral students implements the responsibility system for the supervisor. Doctoral students should develop a training plan under the instruction of the supervisor within two weeks after entering the school. Students should attend Mid-term examination before the end of the third term according to Interim assessment method for doctoral degree of Central South University and complete social practice.


    Degree thesis: The doctoral students should submit report in the third semester to begin their thesisThe publication of academic papers is required to perform in accordance with the relevant requirements of the university before the application for degree thesis defense. The thesis defense will be organized according to Rules for the Provisional Implementation of the Degree Regulations of the CSU and Relevant Provisions on the Application of Graduate Students in the Thesis Defense of the CSU after the completion of graduation thesis.


    Ph.D. Programme in Art: Philosophy of Art is a relatively new research field. It focus on the perspectives of Philosophy to explore art issues including a series of basic issues, such as its position and nature character, objects, content and forms, medium and way of expression. It and other disciplines share the same essence of philosophy which influences the creation and development of art in terms of worldview and methodology, but they have different research subject. We aim to equip students with wide and profound theory and expertise so as to solve the theoretical and practical problems of this subject and independently engage scientific research. The learning periods are 4-6years.