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The predecessor of the China Academy of Art was the National Academy of Art. In 1928, Mr. Cai Yuanpei, the dean of the university at the time, chose a location on the bank of West Lake in Hangzhou and founded the first comprehensive national higher art institution-the National Academy of Art, which opened a chapter in China's higher art education. As the first national higher art academy with the most complete disciplines and the most complete scale in China, the China Academy of Art has moved to its location and changed its name several times during its 90-year history of development. Schools, National College of Art, East China Branch of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, and now the China Academy of Art. In this process, two clear academic contexts have always overlapped, one is the idea of "Chinese and Western integration" represented by the first principal Lin Fengmian, and the other is the idea of "tradition brings forth the new" represented by Pan Tianshou. Academic is a public tool, and they work hard and work in parallel, creating a relaxed environment that is conducive to artistic innovation and the healthy development of humanities, which has become the most important tradition and characteristic of this school.


Entering the new century, the China Academy of Art has renewed its campus, inherited concepts, expanded disciplines, and reorganized its departments. It has achieved a leap-forward development in the history of the school. The school was successfully selected as one of the first batches of key universities in Zhejiang Province in 2015, and was approved as one in 2016 by The Zhejiang Provincial People's Government, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture jointly established universities. In 2017, the college was selected as a national "double first-class" first-class discipline construction university, and the discipline of fine arts was selected as a national first-class discipline construction list. Fine arts is listed as a national key discipline, and four disciplines, including fine arts, design, art theory, and architecture, are listed as first-class disciplines in Zhejiang Province. In the fourth round of national discipline evaluation, China Academy of Art and Design received an A+ rating, ranking first in the country; Art Theory received an A- rating, ranking tied for third in the country; Drama and Film and Television received a B+ rating, ranking Tied for sixth in the country. At present, the college has three mobile post-doctoral research stations for fine arts, design, and art theory.


The China Academy of Art attaches great importance to the dual responsibilities of cultural inheritance and innovation and art education, and is committed to building a visual art oriental system, creating a first-class visual art subject group with oriental culture and method characteristics, with the "three educating people" as the core, and implementing the "big Based on the strategy of “class enrollment and classified training”, a professional basic teaching department was established to realize the “two-stage” teaching method and construct a “laboratory-studio-institute” three-ring structure teaching model within the profession. Pioneering completion of the "five disciplines and ten + colleges" discipline structure reform. Establish a practical teaching system based on "work, study and cultivate the heart" and "people's heart, beauty, and beauty", forming a multi-level education structure of undergraduate, master, and doctorate.


As the first national civilized campus unit, the China Academy of Art covers an area of more than 1,000 acres and has a building area of nearly 300,000 square meters. It spans Hangzhou and Shanghai. It has three campuses in Nanshan, Xiangshan, and Zhangjiang. The Nanshan campus was completed in 2003. In addition to the modern interpretation of the Ink Art Academy, the Xiangshan campus, which was put into use in 2007, gave birth to the vision of the artist garden. At the same time, the Liangzhu new campus is also under construction. The unique campus has become the new name card of Hangzhou, a famous historical and cultural city. There are more than 9,000 students in school and about 1,000 faculty members.


As a research and teaching university, the China Academy of Art upholds the motto of "being healthy, living, respecting, meeting, and performing long distances", advocating the academic thought of "multiple interactions, harmony but difference", and creating talents of "quality, learning, art, history, and modern, Chinese and foreign". Cultivate the environment, cultivate excellent talents with basic theoretical literacy, practical ability, and innovative spirit, take the responsibility of leading the development of Chinese contemporary art, follow the goal of building a world-class university put forward by the Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee and the provincial government, and are determined Enterprising, pioneering and innovative, and strive hard to realize the Chinese Dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation!

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