Dr Yang Dong

Senior Lecturer Illustration, UCA Farnham

Academic, School of Fine Art | Photography and Visual Communication

Dr Dong is the Senior Lecturer at UCA, helping to lead MA Illustration course. She was awarded a practice-based PhD at Cambridge School of Art, looking at using the physical form of the book-object as narrative language.

Dong has worked in illustration and design industry since 2010. My clients, including China National TV station, Poplar Publishing Co., Ltd.(Japan), The Salariya Book Company (UK), China Children’s Press & Publication Group etc. I also collaborate with the largest publisher in China, Thinkingdom Media Group Ltd. to assist illustrators and designers in getting their books published and editing their work. 

My academic career started in 2018, worked as a visiting lecturer and designed the picturebook-making course taught at Communication University of China and Beijing University of Technology - Gengdan Institute.

I also founded the picturebook studio - ‘32 Pages’, the first private picturebook studio providing a picturebook-making course in China.

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Awards, Grants and Commissions:


  • "Ways of storytelling", 2020, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, UK
  • "Theorem 2019", 2019, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, UK
  • "Beauty of Life” Contemporary Illustration Exhibition, 2018, Shenzhen, China,
  • "Key Colours" illustration competition exhibition, 2018, Bologna, Italy
  • "Hello, Childhood" Contemporary Illustration Exhibition, 2017, Beijing, China



  • Picturebook “Once upon a Hole!” was shortlisted for the dPictus "The Unpublished Picturebook Showcase 2",2020
  • Illustrations form “Good Morning, Good Evening” shortlisted for the Key Colours illustration competition,2018
  • Picturebook “Mine!” shortlisted for the 1st Little Hakka International Picture Book Competition, 2017.