📖 Introduction

Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA) is a prestigious public institution dedicated to the study and practice of fine arts. Established in 1953 and located in the culturally vibrant city of Guangzhou, China, GAFA has played a significant role in shaping the artistic landscape of the region and the nation. As a comprehensive academy, GAFA offers a diverse range of programs in various fine art disciplines, including painting, sculpture, design, and multimedia arts. Its mission is to nurture creative talents, promote artistic innovation, and contribute to the cultural development of society.

Known for its rich history and commitment to artistic excellence, GAFA has become a key player in the field of fine arts education. The academy provides a conducive environment for students to explore their artistic potential, encouraging experimentation and pushing the boundaries of traditional artistic practices. GAFA's distinguished faculty, composed of experienced artists and educators, plays a crucial role in guiding students towards achieving mastery in their chosen disciplines. While specific global rankings may vary, GAFA is recognized for its significant contributions to the cultural and artistic landscape of China, making it a respected institution in the realm of fine arts education.

🏫 About Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA)

The predecessor of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA) was Central South College of Fine Arts, a fine arts school established in Wuhan, Hubei Province in 1953 in response to the then national higher education plan. It represented the merger of the Central South Institute of Art and Literature in Wuhan, South China Institute of Art and Literature in Guangzhou and Guangxi Institute of Art. The first president of the College was Hu Yichuan, a famous revolutionary artist who participated in the renowned Yan'an Literature and Art Symposium in 1942, and the first vice presidents were famous oil painter Yang Qiuren, and famous painters of Chinese painting Guan Shanyue and Yang Taiyang. In 1958, the College was moved from Wuhan to Guangzhou and renamed Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA). In 1981, GAFA became one of the country’s first institutions authorized to confer master’s degrees; in 1987, it began to recruit international students and students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. In 2005, it was approved as one of the first pilots in China to launch Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program. Currently GAFA is authorized to confers master’s degree in three first-level disciplines (Theories of Art Studies, Fine Arts, Design) and four majors ( Education, Art, Landscape Architecture, Cultural Heritage and Museology). Upholding an education philosophy of “being upright and innovative with an open and inclusive mindset, an insight into the reality and an aspiration for serving the society”, GAFA has developed its own educational characteristics following over six decades of evolution. Specifically, it focuses on developing students’ innovative ability in fine arts and design to meet the needs of the era and the society, and, based on the theories of art studies and humanistic education, promotes multidisciplinary integration, enables interaction between professional practices, education and research, and actively serves the social and economic development. The motto of GAFA is thus established as “learn morality before art”. In the new era, GAFA is determined to develop high-caliber talents and boost academic research and artistic creation at a higher starting point through new initiatives. To make this happen, it will leverage the strengths of Guangdong Province as the pioneer, pilot and experimental field of the reform and opening up policy and those of the Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) in historical, geographical, economic, cultural and intellectual resources. In this way, GAFA will better serve the social development in the new era, play an active role in implementing the national strategies like GBA development, and work towards a more promising future as driven by the country’s Belt and Road” initiative. Enrollments: With the new campus in Guangzhou University Town, which was completed in 2004, and the old one in Changgang, GAFA occupies a total land area of 564 mu (about 376,000 square meters) with a total built-up area of 411,884 square meters. Currently, it has 12 schools which enroll a total of 5,923 undergraduates and 969 graduates, among whom, 23 are international students. Disciplines and Majors: Six disciplines of GAFA have been rated as Key Disciplines of Guangdong Province. Among them, three are Peak-Climbing Key Disciplines, including two first-level Peak-Climbing Key Disciplines (Fine Arts, Designs Studies) and one second-level Peak-Climbing Key Discipline (Arts and Crafts), while the other three are Specialty Key Disciplines, including one first-level Specialty Key Discipline (Theories of Art Studies) and two second-level Specialty Key Disciplines (Art Theories and Criticism, Film and Digital Media). In the fourth round of the national discipline evaluation organized by the Ministry of Education in 2017, two first-tire disciplines of GAFA, i.e. Fine Arts and Designs Studies, were rated B+ and the discipline of Theories in Art Studies was rated B, topping the province in said disciplines and ranking high among its peers nationwide.

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🏠 Accommodation

You will need to book the accommodation after you have been accepted.

You can choose to live on campus or off campus in private accommodation.

How to book:

  • Make a booking online after you have been accepted (in this case please let us know your choice when you apply).
  • Register when you arrive - its not possible to reserve a room before arriving. You can arrive a few days before and book it

📬 Admissions Process

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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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