Discovering Chinese Creativity


Program Information

Creativity plays a decisive role in shaping a country’s identity. SJTU invites you to visit Shanghai and enrich your perception of art by soaking in a completely different culture.

Discovering Chinese Creativity is a program of the Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry (ICCI), which was jointly established by SJTU and the University of Southern California. ICCI’s mission is to lead international collaboration in the field of creative industry, ultimately to invigorate art and culture in Shanghai and beyond.

For students, Discovering Chinese Creativity is a journey through China’s artistic achievements and activities in the creative industry. You will practice artistic techniques through classes on bird painting, flower painting, and explorations of light and colour in painting. You’ll also exercise your aesthetic and critical thinking skills learning about China’s history of art and philosophy. An introduction to Chinese Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism and Monism will round out your understanding of the country’s creative endeavours.

Alongside classical training you’ll experiment with modern creative arts in photography and robotics. A course in cross-culture leadership will provide strategies for working with and managing a team in a globalized world. And to capitalize on your location in China’s business centre, this program involves numerous lectures from the founders and CEOs of major creative companies including DOBE Group and Vivid Media.

Toward the end of the program you’ll have the opportunity to complete an original design project under the guidance of industry masters. This project lets you apply what you’ve learned and will bolster your portfolio – and perhaps even lead to career opportunities in China.

For more information, see this brochure.

Eligibility Requirements

Only Canadian citizens are eligible to receive CLIC support.

Open to graduate and undergraduate students at all six CLIC member universities.

Note: Credit transfer has only been approved of at the University of Alberta, University of Montreal, and University of Ottawa. Students from other CLIC member universities must submit course documentation to their faculty for credit transfer approval. Contact the CLIC office ( to help you to get the documents for credit transfer approval.


Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai


July 6, 2017 – August 3, 2017

Application Procedure

Apply with your home university to receive your travel grant.

Complete an application with the China Scholarship Council.

Once you have been accepted by the Canadian CLIC member university, you will be nominated to the program by the CLIC office.

Application Deadline

Check with your home university. Each Canadian university has its own deadlines for Summer programs.