Introduction of Schools and Departments
 

School of Fine Arts

School of Fine Arts includes the oldest departments and majors ever since the foundation of Nanjing University of the Arts. It was formerly known as Shanghai Fine Arts School created in 1912 by Liu Haisu, the pioneer in China’s new art movement and founder of modern art education, Suzhou Fine Arts School created in 1922 by Prof. Yan Wenliang and the major of Fine Arts under the Department of Arts in Shandong University. The above three were consolidated into the Department of Fine Arts of East China Fine Arts School in 1952 before settling in Wuxi. In 1958, East China Fine Arts School was relocated to Nanjing and Nanjing University of the Arts School of Fine Arts was renamed Nanjing Fine Arts School Fine Arts Department. In 1999, it was promoted as Nanjing University of the Arts School of Fine Arts.

Well-known experts and scholars, including Liu Haisu, Zhang Daqian, Huang Binhong, Li Chaoshi, Chen Baoyi, Lv Fengzi, Jiang Danshu, Feng Zikai, Guan Liang, Pan Tianshou, Fu Lei, Pan Yuliang, Zhu Qizhan, Yan Wenliang, Zhu Shijie, Chen Zhifo, Xie Haiyan, Yu Jianhua, Liu Ruli, Wen Zhaotong, Chen Dayu, Liu Kang, Su Tianci, Zhang Huaqing, Zhang Wenjun, Lin Shuzhong, were all once teachers in Nanjing University of the Arts School of Fine Arts.

In the past nearly a hundred years, with its adherence to the educational philosophy of “Grandeur and Simplicity, Profundity and Beauty” and its dedication to the study of teaching methods and the construction of various disciplines, the School of Fine Arts has developed into an integrated fine arts department that includes such majors as Traditional Chinese Painting, Oil Painting, Graphic Arts, Murals Illustration, Lacquer Painting, Calligraphy, Sculpture and other professional majors of fine arts. The School of Fine Arts was selected as one of the first qualified units for granting the master’s degree and the doctor’s degree, respectively, in 1981 and 1986. It is the only unit, among all integrated art colleges and universities of higher learning in China, which is qualified for granting doctor’s degree of fine arts. In faculty structure, scientific research and creation, teaching administration, academic studies and subject construction, the School of Fine Arts has formed its own characteristics and advantages, making it influential in like colleges and universities, subjects or professional fields around China.

As the only provincial key discipline, the school’s discipline of fine arts is featured by clearly-layered teaching arrangements, strong faculty and abundant scientific and research achievements. According to the statistics available, from the 6th to the 11th China National Fine Arts Exhibitions, students and teachers of the School of Fine Arts have won 3 Golden Medals, 10 Silver Medals, 16 Bronze Medals and 20 Honorable Mentions. Painting and Fine Arts were selected as special majors in 2003 and 2006, respectively. In 2004, its “painting course group” was selected as one of the excellent course groups in regular educational institutions of higher learning in Jiangsu Province; the course of Oil Painting was selected as first-class excellent course in regular educational institutions of higher learning in Jiangsu Province; “construction of the studio for the major of graphic arts” won the second prize among all educational achievements made by regular educational institutions of higher learning in Jiangsu Province; and the achievements made in the “construction of the studio for the major of graphic arts” won the second prize among all educational achievements in Jiangsu Province. In 2006, the course of Chinese Painting Techniques was selected as one of the first-class excellent courses in regular educational institutions of higher learning in Jiangsu Province; the course of Graphic Arts was selected as one of the second-class excellent courses in regular educational institutions of higher learning in Jiangsu Province; and the major of Fine Arts was selected as one of the national key disciplines and major subjects during the Eleventh Five-year Plan period in Jiangsu Province. In 2007, the course of Chinese Painting Techniques was selected as one of the national excellent courses; the course of Chinese Painting Theories was selected as one of the 2007 Excellent Postgraduate Courses in Jiangsu; the Fine Arts major was selected as one of the Key Disciplines to be Cultivated under National Construction; “the cultivation of creative talents in painting education” and “the optimization and application of the fine arts educational and research system” won the provincial award for best educational achievements. In 2008, the course of Oil Painting Techniques was selected as one of the national excellent courses; the major of Painting was selected as national special major and brand major in Jiangsu educational institutions of higher learning; and the course of Calligraphy Techniques was selected as one of the excellent courses in Jiangsu educational institutions of higher learning. In 2009, the School of Fine Arts was selected as “Fine Arts Subject National Talent Cultivation Patterns Innovative Experimental Area”; Graphic Arts Experimental Teaching Center was selected as an experimental teaching demonstration center among the educational institutions of higher learning in Jiangsu. In 2010, the course of Chinese Fine Arts History was selected as one of the excellent courses in the educational institutions of higher learning in Jiangsu Province.