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China Academy of Art
2012-05-29 21:32:50

The China Academy of Art is a premiere fine arts institute of higher learning. In 1928, the predecessor of the present China Academy of Art, the National Academy of Art, was founded as the first comprehensive art academy in China by Mr. Cai Yuanpei, a renowned Chinese educator. The Academy is located in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province in the vicinity of Shanghai. Zhejiang Province is one of the most developed and wealthy provinces in China. The city of Hangzhou is known as "a paradise on earth" for its scenic beauty and tranquil environment. The Academy is situated on the banks of the famous West Lake and is a perfect location for artistic learning and enrichment.


Since its founding, the name and location of the Academy have been changed several times. A large number of talented artists celebrated both at home and abroad have worked or studied at the Academy, among who were Zhao Wuji, Wu Guanzhong, Li Keran and Zhu Dequn. The Academy is touted as the academy with the most comprehensive curriculum and degree programs in the country and a true “cradle" for promising artists.

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International College of the China Academy of Art

The International College of the China Academy of Art is a subsidiary of the China Academy of Art in charge of academic programs for overseas non-resident students and international artistic exchanges. It has three teaching units, which offer quality courses in Chinese painting, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese culture and language. It also provides international students with courses in oil painting, print-making, sculpture, art history and design art. Its principal objective is to promote the Chinese cultures to the world, encourage international artistic exchanges and enhance friendship with the world. The School began to enroll overseas students in 1980. More than 1000 international students have studied in the School. It currently enrolls 150 overseas students.

The School also runs various short-term training courses in Chinese culture and art, where overseas students can enjoy the essence of oriental culture through studying both Chinese calligraphy and painting, and going on excursions. We offer individualized service to students from different countries, cultures and walks of life.

International College Admission Instructions for Non-resident Students

All non-resident students from abroad can enroll in degree and non-degree programs at the International College and other department and colleges at the China Academy of Art. The following are definitions of student and program types:

According to residence and citizenship status, students are categorized as foreign students, overseas Chinese students and students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan . Foreign students are students with foreign citizenships; Overseas Chinese students and students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan are so defined by the Chinese government.

Programs offered by the China Academy of Art are categorized as degree programs, non-degree long-term programs, non-degree short-term programs and non-degree short-term Chinese cultural tours. All non-degree courses are also divided into basic and advanced courses.

The International College is responsible for the administration of academic and campus life of all non-resident students. The International College is also responsible for the application, campus life services and travel permits for overseas Chinese students and students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Yet the admission and registration of these students are under the jurisdiction of the China Academy of Art and the individual college/department in which the students are enrolled.


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