The School of Liberal Arts and Communication was founded in June 2004, incorporating the Departments of Fine Arts, Chinese Language and Literature, and Music from the School of Humanities and Social Science. The School commits itself to the development and shaping of a series of influential disciplines of humanities and arts, dissolves the distinctive boundaries between the subjects of liberal arts and cultures and those of science and engineering, and through the interaction and interrelation between them fosters an environment of academic originality and creativity.
The School consists of six departments: the Department of Art Design, the Department of Industrial Design, the Department of Fine Arts, the Department of Communications, and the Department of Music as well as an research institute-Institute of Design and Research for Man-Machine-Environment Engineering System, five research centers-the Center of Comparative Literature and Contemporary Culture, the Center of Film and Television Culture, the Center of Modern Arts, the Center of Bashu Dialects and Literature, and the Center of Germany-Austria Culture & Art and three studios including the Central Studio of Artistic Creation, the Studio for Communication, Film and Television, and the Music Studio.
The School also serves as the base for the training of talents of design arts in Sichuan Province, and is now engaged in the construction of National base for the education of university students’ cultural and quality.
There is a competent staff of 160 members in the school-over20 professors, 50 associate professors, over 80% of the staff are Ph. D. or M. A. degree holders, and many of them are renowned scholars and artists returning from Austria, Germany, U. S., Japan, Russia etc. after the completion of their overseas studies. In addition, over 50 prestigious artists and scholars are working as the advisors or adjunct professors of the School.
The school has already formed a complete system covering B.A. programs, M.A. programs and Ph.D programs. The school offers a First-Grade Discipline for Ph. D Degree of Chinese Language and Literature, the Doctor Degree of Industrial Design and Engineering, four First-Grade Disciplines for academic Master’s Degree- Chinese Language and Literature, Journalism and Communication, Musicology and Dance, Design，also the professional Master Degree of Industrial Design and Engineering, and Art etc., and 8 majors for bachelor’s degree. At present, there are now over 1900 undergraduate students, 500 master and doctorate candidates, and 150 students for continuing studies attend the School.