Head of Art and Design College of Arts （设计与艺术学院主任）
David，What do you think about the students from AIP? Can you give us some feedback about them?
Yeah. I think I’ve got lots of experience of kind of working within China. I’ve been coming to China for the last ten to twelve years. And our students in AIP have some of the best traits of kind of Chinese education, but also they borrow some kind(s) of the more western approach to art and design. And that’s really key. We Chinese students tend to be very good at their state, tend to copy things really well. But in terms of their ideas and the relevant ideas, it’s an area which they struggle a little bit. Whereas AIP students tend to be much more creative, much more open to come to question things, a little bit more innovative in terms of the way they work. What I mean is that they are well equipped for coming to the UK, or overseas to America or anywhere within that kind of more Western style of teaching, and they’ll do well. So generally speaking, AIP students are(have) very good skills in terms of drawing, but also are able to question, query and challenge design and come up with some really good and creative solutions.
Alright, thank you so much for your high evaluation for our students. During the presentation today, we can see there are some students that show their interest in University of Derby. So is there anything you want to say or some suggestions to the students who might be interested in your school?
Yeah, I think we want students who are creative. We want students who are innovative. We want kind of challengers, challenge us as lecturers and also kind of people peers collaborating with other students. We don’t really want individuals. We want good peers who work with people and kind of gain from each other’s idea and experience. But they do need some basic skills. They do need to have kind of basic…good understanding of the subjects they’re in. They are, they do… they don’t have to be prepared to get emplaced and travel across the world and leave their own country. And we know that and we are very good at kind of walking with students and working with students and making sure that they will feel comfortable in that new surroundings. If they feel comfortable, they will do well. They’ll work hard. They’ll work that is really good innovative design work. And that, for us, that’s all about us.
lastly ,Can you introduce university of Derby briefly to us?
The University of Derby is located in the middle zone of UK. we are about 1 hour and 20 from London, and uh We are a small university. But actually, we are very student friendly university，and we kind of focused on kind of creativity and innovation. Within the region of Derby, there are a lot of world leading companies like Rolls-Royce and Toyota are based and form their home within that parts of the country. As a college of art, we offer a full range of subject areas anything from art, design, film, media and music. We even own a theater and teach theater students in a theater. What we very focused on is actually delivering kind of role world learning experience for our students. So, in other words, if they’re going to be theater students, we teach them in a theater, but music student, we teach them in very high ranking kind of music facilities.
And our art design students learn and are taught in very highly equipped: art studios and design studios. We also work quiet close to the industry. So they is(are) a very kind of professionals focus on what we do.
And what that means is that our students are well equipped to come into the world of work after they graduate from us. So they generally are very innovative and quiet kind of engaging students.