📖 Introduction

The China Academy of Art (CAA) is a prestigious public art academy based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. Founded in 1928, CAA is one of the oldest and most influential art institutions in the country. As a leading university in the field of fine arts, CAA is dedicated to fostering creative talent, artistic innovation, and cultural development. The academy offers a diverse range of programs covering various disciplines within the arts, including painting, sculpture, design, and new media.

China Academy of Art is distinguished by its commitment to blending traditional Chinese artistry with contemporary artistic expressions. Renowned for its emphasis on artistic exploration and critical thinking, CAA has played a significant role in shaping the cultural landscape of China. While specific global rankings may vary, the academy is internationally recognized for its contributions to the arts and is considered a hub for nurturing emerging artists and designers. Its rich history, commitment to artistic excellence, and vibrant creative community make CAA a sought-after institution for those passionate about pursuing a career in the arts.

🏫 About China Academy of Art (CAA)


Founded in 1928 as the first art academy with complete academic programs in China, China Academy of Art, undergoing changes in name and location, continues to yield outstanding achievements known both at home and abroad. CAA has experienced early hardship, ample maturity and leaping expansion as a vanguard in art. With a mission to revitalize Chinese art, it is in active dialogue with the world and has a great influence on the development of modern and contemporary art in China.

Nowadays the academy has expanded its departments and academic teams and has garnered tremendous achievements in the school history. The infrastructure of CAA has improved in unprecedented ways. With Nanshan Campus being finished in 2003, and Xiangshan Campus being fully functional in 2007, covering an area of 1000 hectares and total space of 300,000 square meters, the academy now has three beautiful and well-equipped campuses in the cities of Hangzhou and Shanghai.

Core Values

The serene views of the West Lake and the inviting vistas of the Xiangshan campus nurture the unique spirit of the academy, inspire a poetic dialogue between nature and mind, which also shaped the legacy of the academy. This peaceful natural environment beacons the individual to reflect and explore, to observe and to create. Thus, the spirit of China Academy of Art is not only composed of the picturesque landscape of the lakes and hills but also of the minds and horizons of artists it fosters. The China Academy of Art has moved its campuses from Gushan Hill to Nanshan Hill and Xiangshan Hill. From hill to hill, conveying A strong sense of mission, A cultural responsibility, and spirit, A poetic tradition linked with the hills and waters.

China Academy of Art has developed its unique multiple academic structures. Its fine arts major has been honored the key discipline of the nation, while fine arts, the art of design and art theory have been listed as three key provincial research bases of humanities. Also, its majors such as the art of design, film, architecture, television, and broadcasting are listed as provincial key disciplines during the "11th Five Year Plan"; while architecture, drama and film, and public art are listed as provincial key disciplines during the "12th Five Year Plan".

CAA now has 4 first standard doctoral programs, which are art theory, fine arts, design, drama, and film. And has over 1200 graduate students.

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🏠 Accommodation

If accommodation on campus is important to you we advise you to arrive a few days before so you can try to register. You can also to choose accommodation off campus, we have an article about that here.

📬 Admissions Process

3 Steps to Apply to a Chinese University

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Please choose the programs here , "You are advised to select 2-3 programs to increase your chances of getting accepted.

Required documents:

  • Passport
  • Graduation certificate
  • Passport size photo

Preparing documents:

You can start your application now and send the application documents during your application. Some documents you can send later if you don’t have them right away. Some more info about preparing application documents is here

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Application process:

Applying Online is simple in just a few steps. More information is available here.

The first steps are to choose the programs, pay the application fee and upload the application documents.

Once submitted to China Admissions, we will review your application within 2-3 days and proceed to the university or ask you for further clarification

After it has been processed to the university you will receive your unique application ID from each university.

The university may contact you directly for further questions.

We will then follow up each week with the university for updates. As soon as there is any update we will let you know. If you have made other plans, decide to withdraw / change address at any time please let us know.

After you have been accepted you will receive your admissions letter electronically and asked to pay the non-refundable deposit to the university.

Once you have paid the deposit the university will issue you the admissions letter and visa form to your home country.

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Here is some more information about the enrollment process after you have been accepted.

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