The Central Academy of Drama is the first higher school for drama education in New China. It is directly affiliated with the Ministry of Education. It is the highest institution of Chinese drama, film and television arts education. It is a world-class discipline construction university determined by the country. It is the headquarters of the China Higher Drama Education Alliance. The headquarters of the Theater Education Research Center and the secretariat of the World Theater Education Alliance are located, and it is a world-renowned art school.
The history of the Central Academy of Drama can be traced back to the Yan'an Lu Xun Academy of Art, which was established on April 10, 1938. It has a history of more than 80 years. In December 1949, the Central Academy of Drama was officially opened. On April 2, 1950, the inaugural meeting of the Central Academy of Drama was held. Chairman Mao Zedong wrote the name of the school.
The Central Academy of Drama has two campuses. The Dongcheng campus is located at No. 39 Dongmianhua Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing, and the Changping campus is located at No. 4 Hongfu Middle Road, Changping District, Beijing. The two campuses have a total area of about 230,000 square meters and a building area of about 180,000 square meters.
The Central Academy of Drama has the Department of Acting, Director, Stage Art, Drama and Literature, Musical Drama, Peking Opera, Opera, Dance Drama, Puppet Drama, Drama Education, Drama Management, Film and Television, and Drama. The undergraduate majors are Acting, Drama, Film and Television Director, Drama, Film and Television Art Design, Drama, Film and Television Literature, Drama, Broadcasting and Hosting Art, and Art Management. The college has first-level disciplines authorized for doctoral and master's degrees in drama and film and art theory. The college has a post-doctoral research station.
The Central Academy of Drama has China's only national-level teaching team in the professional field of performance, the only national-level specialty construction point in the professional field of directors, the only national-level talent training model innovation experimental zone for musical theater performance teaching, and the only national-level experiment in theater, film and television Teaching Demonstration Center. The college is the Chinese Drama Association, the Director Art Committee of the Chinese Dramatists Association, the International Stage Art Union, the Chinese Dance Aesthetics Association, the International Stage Art Organization China Center, the International Theatre Critics Association China Branch, the Chinese Musical Theatre Association Teaching Professional Committee, and China Primary and Secondary School Drama Education The location of the Research Center, the Chinese Theater Culture Management Collaborative Innovation Center, and the "One Belt One Road" National Film Education International Alliance.
In the long-term school-running practice, the Central Academy of Drama adheres to the principles of realistic aesthetics, inherits the aesthetic traditions of the Chinese nation, learns from others' strengths, builds a solid foundation, emphasizes practice, and upholds the school motto of "seeking truth, creation, and beauty", and is committed to training for the country and the world Elite talents in drama, film and television arts. Quite a few of the college’s graduates have become well-known artists, scholars, professors and writers at home and abroad, and have made outstanding contributions to the prosperity and development of Chinese drama, film and television.
Facing the future, the Central Academy of Drama will firmly grasp the important strategic opportunity period for deepening reform and accelerating the development of higher education, strive to broaden school thinking, increase teaching quality and teaching reform project construction, strengthen discipline construction and high-level teacher team construction, and promote management Innovate systems and mechanisms, carry out multilateral exchanges and cooperation in world drama education, continuously improve the college's comprehensive school-running strength and overall school-running quality, and strive to build a world-class art school with distinctive characteristics.