Shanghai Institute of Technology (SIT) has honoured Solent academics Peter Lloyd and Nick Long with visiting professorships during a recent collaborative visit.
Wu Feifei, Dean of the Department of Visual Communication Design at SIT’s School of Art and Design, explained that the honour was due to “Nick and Peter’s great achievements in the arts, and their contribution to our school during our five years of collaboration.”
Solent visual design programme group leader Nick repaid the complement by delivering a series of guest lectures with SIT students, putting together a bilingual newspaper called The Shanghai Express that combined Nick’s years of expertise with students’ outstanding visual creativity.
Nick Long: “I had kept in touch with some with SIT’s graphic design students since my last teaching visit, and it was a real pleasure to meet and work with some of them again. This time I decided to create a design newspaper that would highlight the visual culture of Shanghai. The Shanghai Express used typefaces that were designed by final-year students on my last teaching visit, and featured the design skills of SIT’s second-year students; their layouts are very impressive, and we hope to publish a limited print run in July – I can’t wait to see the finished article.”
Building educational connections
While Nick was passing on his technical skills, Solent Head of Art, Design and Fashion Peter Lloyd was busy strengthening Solent’s network of educational connections – visiting established Solent partners and building new links with diverse Chinese institutions in the areas of art and design.
At Shanghai Jian Qiao University, Peter discussed student and staff exchanges and other collaboration opportunities with their international design college and their college of art and design.
He also met with long-time Solent partners the China Academy of Arts and Shanghai Institute of Design about a planned EU-funded international creative exchange project – a programme which will bring two recent CAA/SID graduates to Southampton Solent University for an international residency in the summer of 2016. This exchange project is just the latest collaboration in a productive partnership, which has included summer schools and the establishment of a Sino-British design centre.
Bringing SIT to Solent
Back at Shanghai Institute of Technology, Peter followed-up with SIT Dean of Architecture Chen Qingchang to advance collaboration opportunities in the areas of product design, architectural technology and interior design.
Southampton Solent University has cultivated a strong collaborative relationship with Shanghai Institute of Technology over the last few years, paving the way for cultural exchanges and international projects which have benefited students from both institutions.
For the fourth year running Solent will welcome SIT students for an art and design summer school here in Southampton, and in December a group of female artists from SIT, including Professor Wu Feifei, will visit to exhibit their art in Southampton Solent’s own Showcase Gallery.
Wu Feifei, Dean of the Department of Visual Communication Design at SIT’s School of Art and Design, said “Southampton Solent University is warm, sincere and honest. They not only give up their summer vacation to give our students lectures during the summer programme, but also sent several excellent teachers to our school to do workshops. We at the school of art and design are moved by their serious teaching spirit.
“Through their teaching and visiting, both our teachers and students learn some European design ideas and skills. It is a great opportunity for both of our universities to share and exchange our art and design experiences and philosophies.”