The Order of Nature: Geometry and Patterns

This module will encourage students to contemplate Geometry’s true inherent meaning in the realm of the order of nature. Students will experience geometry as a contemplative discipline. The skill of concentration, which draws forth the virtue of patience, is required throughout their whole studies. Students will deepen their knowledge of design principles by studying patterns and proportions of six-, eight-, twelve- and ten-fold symmetries and their associated proportional systems. Students will also be able to analyse these patterns in the context of artistic and architectural elements. These designs will then be applied into a variety of art and craft modules.  


Alchemy of Color: Methods and Materials

Students will learn how to prepare colour pigments, grounds and supports according to traditional methods. They will blend paint layers using various techniques to acquire practical knowledge and understanding of colour harmony and symbolism. This modules investigates the use of natural pigments - their origin, recipes, menaing and application.

Colour exploration is of extreme value to students learning crafts. Each student will investigate the subtleties of colour to achieve unity, harmony, and contrast, skills later transferred within the art and craft modules. Painting skills will be nurtured through practice upon examples of patterns and traditional Chinese landscape painting, with a wider context of applying the principles of colour harmony in themed design projects.


The Order of Nature: Geometrical Design Principles

Deepen knowledge of geometry by studying patterns and proportions of six-, eight-, twelve- and ten-fold symmetries and their associated proportional systems. Students will also be shown patterns in context with architectural elements. These designs can be easily translated into a variety of materials.


The Language of Nature: Design Motifs

Theoretical and practical learning of decorative stylization and design motifs. Students will study and compare nature to its stylisation as manifest in art. This practical study will involve rigorous observation of flower and plant forms to create drawings that provide sequential steps to stylisation for a final painting. These stylisations will further be arranged in composition to gain the necessary ability and skill to create new designs.



The principles and techniques learnt in the Design Modules will be applied in a series of Art and Craft modules drawn from the Chinese cultural heritage. This unique methodology of integrating the disciplines of design and craft gives students the opportunity to appreciate and apply their artistic heritage in the contemporary context.


Design Principles Applied to Ceramics: Tiles and Vessels

Drawing from a practical understanding of geometry; biomorphic design; colour harmony; symmetry and tessellations, students will engage with the craft of ceramics, from the making of clay tiles to design composition and the application of hand-painting techniques.


Design Principles Applied to Wood: Marquetry with Veneers and Bamboo

Students will learn how to design small wooden objects according to proportional systems to achieve coherent and harmonious products. They will learn how to apply pattern and decorative motifs through the technique of marquetry. They will explore various woods and veneers through their designs, employing the techniques of overlay and inlay.


Design Principles Applied to Textiles

This course introduces students to the craft of weaving through an understanding of design inherent to textile making processes.