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China Academy of Art
行健 居敬 汇通 履远
Established1928; 95 years ago (1928)
PresidentGao Shiming (高世名)
Academic staff
CampusUrban, Suburban
ColorsBlack and white
China Academy of Art
Simplified Chinese中国美术学院
Traditional Chinese中國美術學院
Front entrance of Nanshan Campus of China Academy of Art

The China Academy of Art (CAA; Chinese: 中国美术学院) is a provincial public fine arts college located in Hangzhou. Zhejiang, China. It is affiliated with the Zhejiang Provincial People's Government, and co-sponsored by the Zhejiang Provincial People's Government, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The academy is part of the Double First Class University Plan.

The China Academy of Art was founded in 1928 and was called the National Academy of Art; in 1929, it was renamed the National Hangzhou Art College; in 1938, it was renamed the National Art College. In 1950, it became the East China Branch of the Central Academy of Fine Arts; in 1958, it was renamed Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts; in 1993, it was renamed China Academy of Art. Before 2000, it was under the management of the Ministry of Culture. In 2000, it became a university jointly built by the province and the ministry. In 2016, it was approved to become a university jointly established by the Zhejiang Provincial People’s Government, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture.[1]


China Academy of Art is the most influential academy of fine arts with the most complete range of degree offerings and programs of study in China. It houses a diverse pool of artistic talent, has a distinctive structure integrating theory and practice, focuses on human care and social needs, and combines modern technical and cultural disciplines with traditional artistic ones. The academy features the study of theories and offers Ph.D., Master's, and bachelor's degrees of fine arts, design, architecture, film, and new media, which constitute the humanities and reflect the Chinese national spirit and creative theories of the era.

There are 9,774 undergraduate and graduate students on four campuses with a faculty and staff of 888. The administration is headquartered on the Nanshan Campus, by the West Lake in Hangzhou. Some of the students in the Master's programs live on the alternate campus 40 minutes away, on the outskirts of Hangzhou. A free bus is offered to transport students to and from the campus and the dorms at designated times.

Undergraduate students typically spend one year in general education courses in the School of Foundation Studies and then three years in the core courses of their chosen majors. Graduate courses are typically three years long and include experience in the studio and research with mentoring faculty.


In 1928, the National Academy of Art (國立藝術院) was founded in China on the bank of the West Lake in Hangzhou by the educators Cai Yuanpei and Lin Fengmian. It was administered by Yi Tingbai and Zhuang Ziman during the 1940s. Over the decades, the locations of the academy had changed ten times and its name, five times, as follows:

China Academy of Art


Colleges and departments

Nanshan Campus

School of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy (中国画与书法艺术学院)

School of Painting (绘画艺术学院)

School of Intermedia Art ([SIMA], 跨媒体艺术学院)

School of Art and Humanities (藝術人文學院)

School of Marxism Studies (马克思主义學院)

Zhangjiang Campus

Shanghai Institute of Design (上海設計學院)

Xiangshan Campus

School of Design (設計藝術學院)

School of Sculpture and Public Art (雕塑与公共艺术學院)

School of Crafts (手工藝術學院)

School of Film and Animation (影视与動畫艺术學院)

School of Architecture (建築藝術學院)

School of Art Administration and Education (艺术管理与教育學院)

Liangzhu Campus

School of Design & Innovation (创新设计學院)

Other colleges/Institutes

Department of Fine Arts 造型分部 Department of Multimedia 图像与媒体分部 Department of Design 设计分部

Museum of Contemporary Art南山路美术馆 Crafts Museum 中国美术学院民艺博物馆 China Design Museum 中国国际设计博物馆

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ 教育部 财政部 国家发展改革委 关于公布世界一流大学和一流学科建设高校及建设 学科名单的通知. Ministry of Education.
  2. ^ Andrews, Julia F. (1995). Painters and Politics in the People's Republic of China, 1949-1979. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS. pp. 46–48.
  3. ^ Julia F. Andrews. Painters and Politics in the People's Republic of China, 1949-1979. University of California Press. p. 48.

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