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China Academy of Art (中国美术学院) is the highest university of art in Chinamarker. It was founded in Hangzhoumarker in 1928 by the government of Republic of Chinamarker.


China Academy of Art (also China National Academy of Fine Arts)( ), colloquially known in Chinese as Guomei (國美, Guóměi).

The China Academy of Art has the most complete range of degree offerings and programs of study in fine arts in China. There are eight schools under its jurisdiction offering Ph.D., master’s and bachelor’s degrees in fine arts, design, architecture, multi-media and film.

There are currently 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students in three campuses with a faculty and staff of 800. The administration of the Academy is headquartered in the Nanshan Campus, which is located right on the beautiful West Lake in Hangzhou. Other regional campuses are the Zhangjiang Campus, which is strategically located in Shanghai, and the Xiangshan Central Campus. In the eleventh five-year plan, the undergraduate student population will grow to 6,600 with a graduate student body of 800, making it one of the biggest fine art institutions in the world.

Undergraduate students typically spend one year in general education courses in the Department of Foundation and then three years in the core courses of their particular majors. Graduate courses are typically three years long and include extensive experience in the studio and research with mentoring faculty. Foreign students can take short-term or long-term courses in Chinese art, language and culture in the Institute of International Education.

The Academy encourages diversity in thinking, art exploration and academy research. It takes as its motto “diversity in harmony” and fosters an environment for innovation.


In 1928, the National Academy of Art(國立藝術院) was founded as the first comprehensive art academy in China on the bank of the West Lakemarker in Hangzhoumarker by the eminent educator Cai Yuanpei(蔡元培) with Mr. Lin Fengmian(林風眠). It takes integrating eastern and western arts, creating arts of the time and developing Chinese culture as its tenets. Over the decades, the location of the Academy has been changed ten times and its name changed six times, as follows:

  • 1928 - National Academy of Art(國立藝術院).
  • 1929 - Hangzhou National College of Art(國立杭州藝術專科學校).
  • 1938 - National College of Art(國立藝術專科學校).
  • 1950 - East-China Campus of Central Academy of Fine Arts(中央美術學院華東分院).
  • 1958 - Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts(浙江美術學院).
  • 1993 - China Academy of Art(also translated China National Academy of Fine Arts)(中國美術學院).


In 2008, there are three campuses:

Campuses existing
  • Nanshan Campus, located in No.218, Nanshan Road,Shangcheng District, Hangzhou
  • Zhangjiang Campus, located in Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, Pudong New District, Shanghai
  • Xiangshan Central Campus, located in Zhuantang Town, Xihu (West Lake) District, Hangzhou
Campuses not existed
  • Binjiang Campus, located in Xihuan Road,Binjiang District, Hangzhou. In the autumn of 2007 moved into Xiangshan Campus.

Colleges and Departments

Nanshan Campus

  • The School of Fine Arts(造型藝術學院)
    • The Department of Chinese Painting(中國畫系),
    • The Department of Calligraphy(書法系),
    • The Department of Oil Painting(油畫系),
    • The Department of Print-making(版畫系),
    • The Department of Sculpture(雕塑系),
    • The Department of Experimental Art(綜合藝術系),
    • The Department of New Media Art(新媒體系).

  • The School of Art Humanities(藝術人文學院)
    • The Department of Art History and Theories(美術史論系),
    • The Department of Visual Culture(視覺文化系),
    • The Department of Art Planning and Administration(藝術策劃和行政系),
    • The Department of Archaeology and Museology(考古與博物館學系).

Zhangjiang Campus

  • The Shanghai School of Design(上海設計學院)
    • The Department of Landscape and Architecture Design(景觀與建築設計系),
    • The Department of Visual Communication Design(視覺傳達設計系),
    • The Department of Muti-media and Web Design(多媒體影像設計系),
    • The Department of Industrial Design(工業設計系),
    • The Department of Fashion Design(服裝設計系),
    • The Department of Urban Landscape Plastic Art Design(城市景觀造型藝術系).

Xiangshan Central Campus

  • The School of Design(設計藝術學院)
    • The Department of Graphic Design(平面設計系),
    • The Department of Industrial Design(工業設計系),
    • The Department of Fashion Design(服裝設計系),
    • The Department of Comprehensive Design(綜合設計系),
    • The Department of Art Design(藝術設計學系).

  • The School of Architectural Art(建築藝術學院)
    • The Department of Architectural Art(建築藝術系),
    • The Department of Urban Design(城市設計系),
    • The Department of Environmental Art(環境藝術系),
    • The Department of Landscape Design(景觀設計系).

  • Public Art Institute(公共藝術學院) (A private sub-college)
    • The Department of Art Education(美術教育系),
    • The Department of Murals Art(壁畫藝術系),
    • The Department of Ceramics and Arts and Crafts(陶瓷和工藝美術系),
    • The Department of Public Art(公共空間藝術系).

  • Media and Animation Institute(傳媒動畫學院) (A private sub-college)
    • The Department of Photographic(攝影系),
    • The Department of Animation(動畫系),
    • The Department of Online Games(网络游戏系),
    • The Department of Film and Video and Advertising(影視廣告系).

  • (All schools in the Xiangshan Central Campus share a common department of foundation.)

  • The College of International Education (國際教育學院), located in Nanshan Campus.

  • The College of Adult Education or The College of Continuing Education(成人教育學院/繼續教育學院).

  • The Vocational College of Art Design(高職學院).

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